The purpose of this policy is to delegate authority and provide direction to the Superintendent of Schools to develop and administer a student suspension and expulsion process. This process is in compliance with Alberta Education requirements to support safe, caring and respectful learning environments for all students.
Suspension: The term used to describe an action by a principal or teacher authorized under the School Act s. 24 which temporarily denies a student access to one or more of the following:
Note: Although a suspension cannot be appealed, a principal can reinstate a student who has been suspended.
Expulsion: The term used to describe an action by the Board of Trustees or its delegate, in accordance with the School Act s. 25, which for a period of more than 10 days, denies a student access to one or more of the following:
Procedural Fairness: A common law doctrine that requires: a person exercising statutory power to give some form of notice of a pending decision to a person (parent/guardian and student); an opportunity for that person to comment and or be represented; and the requirement that the official making the decision be unbiased.
The Board of Trustees recognizes the role of discipline in creating a safe and supportive learning environment in which all students can reach their full potential. While ideally students should be in regular attendance at school, the Board of Trustees acknowledges that there are times when a student needs a reflective opportunity to learn from experience to further their education, or to ensure the safety of others, and that as a result a student may be suspended or expelled.
The Board of Trustees acknowledges the role of suspension and expulsion of a student, in response to a violation of the student behaviour and conduct policy or administrative regulation, when:
The Board of Trustees delegates authority to act on its behalf in all matters pertaining to student expulsion to the Superintendent of Schools and to comply with the School Act. This delegation of authority to the Superintendent of Schools includes the right to sub-delegate authority and responsibility to an individual or roster of individuals to preside over expulsion hearings.
The Superintendent of Schools and individuals identified by the Superintendent of Schools to preside over a student expulsion hearing shall have the authority to:
A decision on a student expulsion made under this delegation of authority is considered a decision of the Board of Trustees for the purposes of a review by the Minister under the School Act s. 124.
(please see Sections 12, 24, 25, 61(1), and 124 of the School Act)