Boards of Education are authorized through the School Act to suspend students whose behaviour is contrary to the district and school Codes of Student Conduct. A suspension is the removal of a student from a school or program for a specified period of time.
School administrators can suspend students for up to five (5) days for violations of the codes of student conduct and can increase the suspension a further five (5) days with the authorization of the Assistant Superintendent. The Student Conduct Review Committee (SCRC) can extend the suspension a further twenty (20) days.
The suspension of students must follow the procedures outlined in
Policy 5131.3. In brief, parents or guardians are to be informed of the reason for the suspension and the appropriate authority of the School Act and Board Policy, the duratrion of the suspension, other relevant behaviours considered in the suspension, the method of contact with the parent or guardian, the method of providing an educational program while suspended and, where appropriate, notification that SCRC has been informed of the situation.