44 Exemption from attendance because of walking distance to school or some other reason

(1)

Despite section 36, the Secretary may, on application by a parent of a student, grant a certificate to the parent of the student that exempts the student (entirely or partly) from attending a school if the Secretary is satisfied that—

(a)

the student is under the age of 10 years and the walking distance between the student’s residence and the school is more than 3 kilometres; or

(b)

the walking distance between the student’s residence and the school is more than 5 kilometres; or

(c)

it is sensible to exempt the student for some other reason.

(2)

The parent of a student exempted under subsection (1) is not subject to the requirements of section 35 in respect of the student for the period to which the exemption relates.

(3)

A certificate granted under subsection (1) must state—

(a)

the grounds on which it was granted; and

(b)

the day on which it expires.

(4)

A certificate granted under subsection (1)(a) or (b) may not specify an expiry day more than 1 year after the day it is granted.

(5)

A certificate granted under subsection (1)(c) may not specify an expiry day more than 7 school days after the day on which it is granted.

(6)

When a certificate granted under subsection (1) expires, the Secretary may issue another in its place.

(7)

The Secretary may cancel a certificate issued under subsection (1).

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 26