15 Board’s powers when suspended student younger than 16

(1)

If a student younger than 16 has been suspended from a State school, the school’s board may—

(a)

lift the suspension at any time before it expires, either unconditionally or subject to any reasonable conditions the board wants to make:

(b)

extend the suspension conditionally for a reasonable period determined by the board when extending the suspension, in which case subsection (2) applies:

(c)

if the circumstances of the case justify the most serious response, exclude the student from the school by extending the suspension and requiring the student to be enrolled at another school.

(2)

If the board extends a suspension conditionally, the board must impose reasonable conditions aimed at facilitating the return of the student to school and must take appropriate steps to facilitate the return of the student to school.

(3)

If a student fails to comply with any condition imposed under this section in respect of the lifting or extension of his or her suspension, the principal may request the board to reconsider the action it took under this section in that case and the board may confirm or reverse its earlier decisions or may modify its earlier decisions by taking any action specified in any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (1).

(4)

If the board has not sooner lifted or extended it or excluded the student under subsection (1)(c), the suspension of a student younger than 16 ceases to have effect—

(a)

at the close of the seventh school day after the day of the suspension; or

(b)

if the suspension occurs within 7 school days before the end of a term, at the close of the tenth calendar day after the day of the suspension.

(5)

If the board of a State school excludes the student under subsection (1)(c), the principal must try to arrange for the student to attend another school (which school is a suitable school that the student can reasonably conveniently attend).

(6)

If the principal is unable, by the tenth school day after the day of the board’s decision to exclude a student, to arrange for the student to attend another school, the principal must tell the Secretary what steps the principal took in trying to do so.

Section 15: replaced, on 12 July 1999, by section 7 of the Education Amendment Act (No 2) 1998 (1998 No 118).