42 Exceptions to attendance because of well-being or transitional plan

(1)

Despite section 36, on the request of a parent of a student enrolled at a registered school, the parent, the principal, and the Secretary may, if they consider it is in the student’s best interests, agree a plan that reduces the student’s hours of attendance to help meet the student’s well-being needs as identified, in writing, by a medical practitioner or a psychologist.

(2)

A full-time caregiver of the student may act as a parent under subsection (1) if the Secretary considers it appropriate for the caregiver to do so.

(3)

Despite section 36, if a student is aged 5 years and is enrolled at a registered school, a parent of the student, the principal, and the Secretary may, if they consider it is in the student’s best interests, agree a plan to help the transition of the student to school, depending on the particular needs of the student.

(4)

A student subject to a plan agreed under subsection (1) or (3) is required to attend school in accordance with the plan.

(5)

A plan agreed under subsection (1) may not be for a period that exceeds 6 months, but may be renewed or extended for 1 further period of 6 months if—

(a)

the parent initiates the request for the renewal or extension; and

(b)

the parent, the principal, and the Secretary agree that the renewal or extension is in the best interests of the student.

(6)

The medical practitioner or psychologist requirement specified under subsection (1) does not apply to a renewal or extension under subsection (5).

(7)

A plan agreed under subsection (3) may not be for a period that exceeds 6 months and may not be renewed or extended.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 25(3A)