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.

In general, a student who is stood down or suspended is not permitted to attend the school. There are very limited occasions where attendance is permitted.

Education and Training Act 2020, section 80 – Legislation website

The principal has several responsibilities during a stand-down or suspension. 

Education and Training Act 2020, section 84 – Legislation website

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

Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsion

Updated: August 2020

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