Education and Training Act 2020

80 Principals of State schools may stand down or suspend students


The principal of a State school may stand down or suspend a student if satisfied on reasonable grounds that—


the student’s gross misconduct or continual disobedience is a harmful or dangerous example to other students at the school; or


because of the student’s behaviour, it is likely that the student, or other students at the school, would be seriously harmed if the student were not stood down or suspended.


A stand-down may be for 1 or more specified periods, and—


the period or periods may not exceed 5 school days in any one term:


a student may be stood down more than once in the same year but for not more than 10 school days in total in that year:


in calculating the period of a stand-down, the day on which the student was stood down, and any day on which the student would not have had to attend school in any event, may not be counted:


the principal may lift the stand-down before it is due to expire.


If a student has been stood down or suspended, the following provisions apply in relation to the student’s attendance at the school:


the principal may require the student to attend the school if the principal reasonably considers that the student’s attendance is appropriate for the purposes of section 84:


the principal must allow the student to attend the school if a parent of the student requests that the student be permitted to attend the school and the principal considers the request is reasonable:


otherwise the student does not have to, and is not permitted to, attend the school while stood down or suspended.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 14