POLICY ON SUSPENSION, EXCLUSION, REFUSAL TO ENROL STUDENTS  

Source Documents:         Admissions Policy of VEC

                                          Code of Practice for Staff ……(VEC Policy)

School Code of Behaviour

Policy on Partnership with Parents

Education Act, 1998  (Sections 28 and 29)

C.L. M34/88 Code of Discipline for Post-Primary Schools

C.L. M33/91 Guidelines Towards a Positive Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline;       A suggested Code of Behaviour and Discipline for Post-Primary Schools

C.L. M48/01 Appeal Procedure under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998

Co. Kildare VEC Appeal Procedures

 

SUSPENSION

While suspension, as a sanction, is an integral part of the disciplinary process of a school/college, it is to be employed only where other normal disciplinary measures have failed.

Parents/Guardians shall be provided with reasonable notice of the imposition of a period of suspension on any student.

No one period of suspension shall exceed five consecutive school days.

In the case of suspension for a period which would bring the cumulative period of suspension to 20 school days in any one school year, the parents/guardians, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, shall be informed of the right to appeal the decision to the Vocational Education Committee, in the first instance, in accordance with the procedures under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 and C.L. M48/01.

Please note that an appeal may only be made in respect of a suspension that results in 20 days or more of suspension for a student in any one school year.

 

EXCLUSION

Permanent exclusion (Expulsion) from a school/college will be considered only after every effort at rehabilitation has failed and every other sanction exhausted.

In the case of gross misbehaviour, the Board of Management shall, where appropriate, empower the Principal to sanction an immediate period of temporary exclusion.

Where the sanction of exclusion is imposed, the parents/guardians, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, shall be informed of the right to appeal the decision to the Vocational Education Committee, in the first instance, in accordance with the procedures under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 and C.L. M48/01.

 

REFUSAL TO ENROL

The Board of Management of a school/college shall not refuse to admit as a student in such school a child, in respect of whom an application to be so admitted has been made, except where such refusal is in accordance with the published admission policy of the Vocational Education Committee, and of the school/college.

Where an applicant is refused admission to a school/college, the parents/guardians of the applicant shall be informed of the right to appeal the decision to the Vocational Education Committee, in the first instance, in accordance with the procedures under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 and C.L. M48/01.

 

Approved by VEC 10.12.01