Review of the Safe Schools Act


Data On School Discipline

Data collected, verified and made public by the Ministry of Education shows that the "Safe Schools Act" is not being consistently applied across the province.

For the first time since the safe schools act was introduced, the Ministry of Education has collected data on suspensions and expulsions from school boards and verified it with them so it could be made available to the public. Updated data will be published in future. In the meantime, the following is a summary of provincial data for the 2003-04 school year.

Suspensions

Provincial Summary

In 2000-01, the year before the act was implemented under local rules, 113,778 students were suspended. Suspensions and expulsions spiked in the first two years the act was introduced and by the third year, in 2003-04, the number of suspended students was 152,626. The most recent trend in 2002 to 2003 shows a reduction of 8 per cent in the number of suspensions.

Number and Percentage of Students Suspended in Ontario's Publicly Funded Schools

Click to view chart showing number and percentage of students suspended in Ontario's publicly funded schools, 2000-2004 (PDF, 12 KB)

Board Summaries – Suspensions

Boards report an extremely large variance in the rates of suspensions from 0.5% of students in one board to 36% of students in another.

* Boards marked with an asterisk in the list below have supplied further data, which will be reflected in future updates to this site.

Number of Students Suspended, Enrolment and Rate of Suspension by District School Boards and School Authorities during School Year 2000-2001 to 2003-2004 (PDF, 19 KB)

Expulsions

Provincial Summary

In 2000-01, the year before the act was implemented under local rules, 106 students were reported expelled. Suspensions and expulsions spiked in the first two years the act was introduced and by the third year, in 2003-04, the number of expelled students was 1,909.

Number and Percentage of Students Expelled in Ontario's Publicly Funded Schools

Click to view chart showing number and percentage of students expelled in Ontario's publicly funded schools, 2000-2004 (PDF, 12 KB)

Board Summaries – Expulsions

* Boards marked with an asterisk in the list below have supplied further data, which will be reflected in future updates to this site.

Number of Students Expelled, Enrolment and Rate of Expulsion by District School Boards and School Authorities during School Year 2000-2001 to 2003-2004 (PDF, 17 KB)


Discussion Paper


Safe Schools Act Review Consultations

Students, parents, educators and communities across the province were invited to provide their input on school safety and the Safe Schools Act through public consultations in November and December 2005.

The McGuinty government's Safe Schools Action Team visited communities across Ontario to examine school safety and the impact of the Safe Schools Act as part of a complete review of the Act.

Consultations were held in Ottawa, London, Toronto, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.


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