Circular 1999/06 - Suspension and expulsion of students from private schools

This Circular is about the actions to be taken to implement changes resulting from the Education Amendment Act (No. 2) 1998 for suspension or expulsion of students from private schools. 

Date: 2 November 1999
Circular Number: 1999/06
Category: Students

Suspension and expulsion of students from private schools

This circular is about: Actions to be taken to implement changes resulting from the Education Amendment Act (No. 2) 1998 for the suspension or expulsion of students from private schools.

The action required is: Please note the information.

It is intended for: Board chairpersons and principals of all private schools.

For further information: Contact your local Ministry of Education office.

Introduction

This circular notifies principals and boards of private schools of the amended legislation relating to the suspension and expulsion of students from private schools. It replaces Circular 1994/10.

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Suspension and expulsion from private schools

  1. Section 35AA(1) of the Education Act 1989 as inserted by section 13 of the Education Amendment Act (No.2) 1998 requires the principal of a private school to notify the Secretary for Education immediately in writing of the suspension or expulsion of any student.
  2. The written notice must include:
    1. the name and last known address of the student;
    2. the day/s on which the student was suspended and/or expelled;
    3. the length of the suspension (if applicable);
    4. the reasons for the student's suspension or expulsion.
  3. For ease of reporting a standard form (PSS1) [DOCX, 44 KB] has been developed for use in meeting the requirement to report. 
  4. Section 35AA(2) refers to an option to reinstate the student at the school within a reasonable time.
  5. It is recommended that boards and principals, when they determine what is a "reasonable time", take into account the effect of a break in schooling on a student's learning.
  6. In terms of section 35AA(2), if a student has not been reinstated at the school or re-enrolled at another registered school within a reasonable time, the Secretary for Education must (for students younger than 16) and may (for students 16 or older):
    1. arrange for the student to be enrolled in another reasonable convenient registered school the student can attend; or
    2. direct the board of a state school (not an integrated school) to enrol the student; or
    3. direct the parent to have the student enrolled at a correspondence school.
  7. To assist the ministry in ensuring that the student is placed in a school, a second standard form (PSS2) [DOC, 77 KB] has been developed for completion by school principals. 
  8. Before taking any action to place the student under section 35AA(2), the Secretary must make all reasonable attempts to consult the student, the student's parents, the board and any other appropriate person or organisation.

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Issued by

Kathy Phillips
Senior Manager, National Operations
National Office
45-47 Pipitea Street, Thorndon
Private Box 1666, Wellington, New Zealand
Telephone: 04 463 8000
Facsimile: 04 463 8001

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