- The principal is responsible for administering the general discipline of the school.
He/she shall ensure that the school has developed a school discipline policy, incorporating provisions of Appendix 351A – Safe School Action Plan as part of the school’s discipline policy. School handbooks shall publish the expectations for behaviour and the discipline procedures established for use within the school.
- For the purposes of this administrative procedure:
- Suspension is the removal of a student from the classroom, school property, school activities or bus for a period of up to five (5) school days.
- Expulsion is the Board-approved removal of a student from the classroom or bus for a period of time longer than five (5) school days.
- Exceptions – Extracurricular activities such as team sports, club membership and field trips outside of school hours are considered a student privilege. A student's failure to conform to the rules may result in the removal of the privilege. This loss of privilege is not considered a suspension under this administrative procedure. If the breach of rules is also a matter for which suspension or expulsion would otherwise be considered, these measures may also be applied.
- Suspension shall be considered when a student:
- Exhibits open opposition to authority;
- Exhibits willful disobedience;
- Habitually neglects duty;
- Uses improper or profane language;
- Engages in conduct potentially injurious to others;
- Willfully damages school property;
- Exhibits behaviour that interferes with school- or division-approved activities;
- Exhibits behaviour prohibited by other Board policies, administrative procedures, the School Actor the Criminal Code of Canada; or
- Exhibits behaviour inconsistent with Section 12 of the School Act– responsibilities of students.
School Act, Section 12, 24, 25, 45, 60, 123, 124
Review by the Minister – Information Bulletin 3.5.1
Cross Reference: Policy 13 – Appeals and Hearings Regarding Student Matters
Forms: Suspension/Expulsion Form Letter Template