November 2018

Member query:

Does the Board have a role in creating/approving the school’s disciplinary policies? If so, what role would the Board play?


Reply from Cathy Trower:

School disciplinary matters are best left to the administration; the Board should never be involved in the disciplinary decisions of students. However, it’s conceivable that a school may periodically reviews its disciplinary policy to ensure that it is current and effective. A task force or subcommittee could be formed for this purpose and that group would be comprised of administrators, teachers, and a trustee or two; legal review of the policy is necessary. If changed, the policy would need to go to the Board for approval.