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Administrative Procedure 355: SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION


Any student(s) who is excessively violating the responsibilities of a student as outlined in Section 31 of the Education Act or for any other reason deemed appropriate by a teacher, Principal or Superintendent may be suspended from classes, courses, programs and buses and suspended or expelled from school, subject to the following procedures.


Expulsion implies an extended or permanent withdrawal of privileges, generally geared toward the end of a semester, the end of the school year or even longer if reviewed annually by the Board, but always includes the loss of school credit or recognition of achievement for that extended time period.

Suspension implies a withdrawal of privileges for a specific number of days to a maximum of five (5) school days with privileges restored at a certain time or upon completion of certain requirements.


  1. A teacher may suspend a student for one (1) class period.
    1. A teacher who removes a student from a class period shall within one (1) day either:
      1. Reinstate the student prior to the next class period, or
      2. Refer the student to the Principal for further action.
  2. A Principal may suspend a student for:
    1. One (1) or more class periods,
    2. One (1) or more courses or programs,
    3. School, or
    4. Riding on a school bus.
  3. A Principal who suspends a student or has a suspended student referred to him/her may:
    1. Require a student to serve an in-school suspension for no more than five (5) days;
    2. Reinstate the student within six (6) days;
    3. Suspend the student for no more than five (5) days;
    4. Refer the student to the Superintendent with a recommendation for reinstatement or expulsion.
  4. A student may be considered for suspension or expulsion for
    1. Failure to comply with section 31 of the Education Act, specifically, failure to:
      1. Be diligent in pursuing his/her studies.
      2. Attend school regularly and punctually.
      3. Cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the Division to provide education programs and other services.
      4. Comply with the rules of the school.
      5. Account to his/her teacher(s) for his/her conduct.
      6. Respect the rights of others.
    2. Any other reason the teacher(s), the Principal or the Board considers appropriate.
  5. The Principal is responsible to:
    1. Immediately inform the student’s parent of the suspension,
    2. Report in writing to the student’s parent all the circumstances respecting the suspension, and
    3. Provide an opportunity to meet with the student’s parent, and the student if the student is 16 years of age or older, to discuss the suspension.
    4. If the suspension is to be referred to the Board, include a recommendation.
  6. The Superintendent shall be authorized to deal with all referrals from principals and may:
    1. Reinstate the student within ten (10) days of the first day of the suspension, or
    2. Refer the student to the Board early enough that the Board may deal with the matter within ten (10) days of the first day of the suspension.
  7. The Board shall upon a referral from the Superintendent within ten (10) days of the first day of the original suspension:
    1. Reinstate the student, or
    2. Expel the student from a school or all Division schools and notify the parent and in the case of a student sixteen (16) years of age or older, the student, in writing of the decision and the right of appeal to the Minister of Education.
  8. If the student is to be expelled, the Board shall provide to the student and/or parent(s) a list of referral agencies and a recommendation regarding possible alternative programs.


Section 8, 11, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222 Education Act

Criminal Code (Canada)


Approved: April 11, 1995

Amended: November 13, 2000; August 21, 2018; February 2022