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Disciplinary Actions


The following summarizes the levels of disciplinary action which shall be enforced by school personnel with students who are in violation of school rules.

Level 1 - Verbal Warning/Reprimand 
The teacher/staff member will tell/remind the student not to engage in inappropriate behavior or give the student a reminder of the rule.

Level 2 - Conference 
Staff members may conduct a conference with the student, parent, or both.

Level 3 - Intervention 
Staff members may use one of the following interventions: 
Referral to school counsellor, student support team or other; 
Detention, detaining a student for disciplinary reasons before or after school hours; 
Student Support Team, a meeting of school personnel and others to consider the behaviour of the student and make recommendations for improvement; 
Behavioural Contract, a written agreement between the student/parent/guardian and school listing requirements for improvement; 
Restriction, the temporary denial of the student’s right to participate in designated activities; 
Confiscation, temporary possession of personal property; 
Probation, a written agreement with the student for a defined period of good behaviour in lieu of suspension; 
Written Communication, a letter, progress report, or other communication, sent to the parent/guardian;


Level 4 - Suspension (In-School 1-3 Days)
A student may be given in-school suspension (ISS) for up to three days. In ISS, a student is assigned to a classroom for the day and given work to do by qualified school personnel serving as the school’s ISS coordinator. Students are released from ISS only after successfully completing such work. Students are then given an excused absence for all classes missed while in ISS. Refusal to attend ISS will result in out-of-school suspension (OSS) until the ISS is served.
The principal, parent/guardian, hearing officer, or School Board Discipline Committee may initiate the placement to the Choices Program as an alternative to suspension. The principal/assistant principal meets with the parent/guardian and the student to review the requirements of the Choices program to determine the acceptance of the responsibilities of this placement.
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The principal, assistant principal, acting principal, or his/her designee may suspend a student from school for a period up to fourteen days for engaging in prohibited conduct as outlined in the Disciplinary Action Notice. The parent/guardian shall be required to confer with the principal or his/her designee prior to the student’s reinstatement.


Level 5 - Suspension (Out-of-School 14 Days)
The principal, assistant principal, acting principal, or his/her designee may suspend a student from school for fourteen days for engaging in prohibited conduct as outlined in the Disciplinary Action Notice. Parent/guardian shall be required to confer with the principal or his/her designee prior to the student’s reinstatement.


Level 6 - Expulsion 
A student can be expelled only by action of the school board or a discipline committee of the school board based upon recommendation of the principal and his/her designee. Expulsion from school excludes the student from regular school attendance until readmission by the School Board or a discipline committee of the School Board.

Due Process
With the requirements of fair and equitable treatment of all students the following shall constitute the minimum due process procedures to be followed in the detention, suspension, and expulsion of students:

  1. The student shall be given written notice of the charges against him/her.
  2. If he/she denies the charges, he/she must be given an explanation of the facts as known to school personnel and an opportunity to present his/her version of what occurred.
  3. The student shall be informed of the conditions of the disciplinary action.
  4. In the case of a suspension of more than 14 days or the case of an expulsion:                     
  5. The officer, committee, or school board which hears the case must be impartial; and
  6. The disciplinary decision must be based on evidence presented at the hearing in the presence of both parties. If the student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) fail to appear, the hearing may be held in their absence.
  7. A parent/guardian will be notified about the existence of community-based educational, training, and interventional programs. The cost for participation in those programs not offered by the school division is borne by the parent/guardian of the student.

If the principal or his/her designee determines that the student’s presence at school creates a continuing danger to persons or property or an on going threat of disruption, the student may be removed from school immediately.

 

 
   
 
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