Student management

What are stand-downs and suspensions?

Stand-downs and suspensions are forms of discipline that may be applied in cases of gross misconduct or continual disobedience or where student safety is at risk.

A stand down from school is for a temporary period defined by the principal. These periods may not exceed 5 school days in any term, or 10 school days in any year. The principal may lift the stand-down at any time.

A suspension is the formal removal of a student from school until the board of trustees decides the outcome at a suspension meeting.

Education Act 1989 section 14 – Legislation website


The Ministry of Education has guidelines on legal options and good practice for schools.

Standdowns, suspensions, exclusions and expulsion

Updated: October 2011

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