Policy/Program Memorandum No. 130
Date of Issue: July 13, 2007
Effective: Until January 31, 2008, unless revoked or modified
Subject: SCHOOL BOARD PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A FULL EXPULSION
Application: Chairs of District School Boards
Reference: This memorandum replaces Policy/Program Memorandum No. 130, September 1, 2006.
The purpose of this memorandum is to require school boards1 to provide programs, courses, and services for students who have received a full expulsion.2 Boards are required to provide programs for expelled students3 in order to give them an opportunity both to continue their education and to deal with the underlying causes of their behaviour so that they may eventually return to school within the publicly funded school system.
This memorandum applies only to those school boards that do not have agreements – either with the ministry or with an organization approved by the ministry – to provide strict-discipline programs.4 Boards that have such agreements are listed in appendix B of this memorandum.
Requirements for School Board Programs for Expelled Students
School board programs for expelled students must include both academic support and non-academic support. School boards must ensure that an initial assessment is done to determine the needs of an expelled student. This assessment should be conducted as soon as the expelled student enters the board’s program. School boards may contact a provider of a strict-discipline program (see appendix B) for advice regarding assessment and program development for the student.
An agreement must be made between the school board and any organization or person contracted to provide assessment or other services as part of the school board’s program for these expelled students. The agreement will include a description of the services to be provided and a statement requiring that all necessary information be provided in accordance with all legal and statutory requirements, including privacy laws.
The school board must provide the student and/or the student’s parents5 with the board’s plan for the student’s academic and non-academic support so that all involved have a clear understanding of the plan for the student. The school board may also wish to establish an agreement with the student and/or parents on attendance, behaviour rules, and expectations for parental involvement.
School boards may not refuse to allow an expelled student to participate in a school board program for expelled students, unless the health of the student or of others is put at risk. Boards must make all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the program.
School boards must make all necessary arrangements to accommodate the needs of individual students admitted to the program, including exceptional students and other students with special needs.
Each school board must inform expelled students and/or their parents about its program for expelled students. Students who have been expelled may choose to participate in a school board’s program, but are not required to do so. They may attend a similar program or a strict-discipline program anywhere in Ontario.
Return of Expelled Students to Schools in the Publicly Funded School System
To determine whether a student who has received a full expulsion is ready to return to a school in the publicly funded school system, a school board must have the student assessed by a provider of a strict-discipline program (see appendix B). Providers may make these assessments through interviewing the student or evaluating a written report on the student provided by the school board, or they may contract an appropriate local organization or person to do the assessment. Before being allowed to return to a school in the publicly funded school system, students who have received a full expulsion will be expected to:
In addition, before the expelled student can return to school, a transition plan for the student must be developed jointly by the strict-discipline program provider that deems the student ready for re-entry and the school board to which the student is returning. If the student is entering from another board, the receiving board will develop this transition plan in collaboration with the board that expelled the student and the strict-discipline program provider. The transition plan is intended to help the student make a successful re-entry into the regular school system.
Development of School Board Programs
Each school board is required to develop a plan outlining its program for students who have received a full expulsion. School board plans must be consistent with the requirements identified in this memorandum. In developing their plans, boards may use the guidelines provided in appendix C of this memorandum.
Boards will continue to develop and establish their programs in the 2007–08 school year up to and including January 31, 2008.
Subsections 312(2) to (5) of the Education Act (as amended by the Safe Schools Act, 2000) state the following:
(b) to retain others to provide the programs, courses and services; or
(c) to establish one or more corporations to provide the programs, courses and services.
With regard to a student's return to school after expulsion, section 3 of Ontario Regulation 37/01, "Expulsion of a Pupil", states the following:
The following have been approved by the ministry as providers of strict-discipline programs for students who have received a full expulsion.
Algoma District School Board
Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est Ontarien, Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Est de l'Ontario, and Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
In its plan for the program for students who have received a full expulsion, a school board must describe what it intends to do, as follows:
· the involvement of the principal, guidance counsellor, attendance counsellor, teachers, the student and/or the student’s parents, and any other appropriate persons in developing a plan for the student with regard to both academic and non-academic support
· description of the means of academic support (e.g., use of distance learning through the Independent Learning Centre and e-Learning Ontario, provision of remedial help in literacy, provision of individual instruction, provision of opportunities for cooperative education)
· description of the types of non-academic support (e.g., counselling through board personnel, counselling through an outside agency)
· description of any planned agreements between the board and any organization or person to be contracted to provide assessment or other services
· description of any special arrangements to ensure the safety of all involved in the program and/or to accommodate the needs of individual students
1 In this document, school board and board refer to district school boards and school authorities
2 See subsections 312(2) to (5) of the Education Act (as amended by the Safe Schools Act, 2000), cited in appendix A of this memorandum. As stated in subsection 309(16), "a pupil who is subject to a full expulsion is not entitled to attend any school in the province or to engage in school-related activities of any school in the province until he or she meets such requirements as may be established by regulation for returning to school after being expelled."
3 In this document, expelled student(s) and student(s) refer exclusively to students who have received a full expulsion
4 Section 1 of Ontario Regulation 37/01, "Expulsion of a Pupil", states that a "strict discipline program" is "a program approved by the Minister as a strict discipline program".
5 In this document, parents refers to parent(s) and guardian(s).