All of the following are considered very serious offences and are subject to expulsion from school:
- Aggravated assault
- Grievous harm
- Membership in gangs
- Bringing lethal weapons to school
- Any other felony as defined by the Criminal Code.
- A student who is caught using illicit drugs on or off campus will be suspended immediately and his/her case will be referred to the regional council for further action.
- A student who voluntarily admits to school authorities that he/she is a user of illicit drugs will also be excluded from school.
- Where there is probable cause to believe that a student is a user of illicit drugs, and the student denies it, that student will be required to undergo a drug test. If the test proves positive, the student will under go rehabilitation and his/her case referred to regional council.
- The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a student who proves positive, or who voluntarily admits to being a user of illicit drugs, or who is caught using illicit drugs, will be called in immediately for a conference with the school authorities.
- The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be required to enter into an agreement with the school to have the student submit to professional counseling and rehabilitation.
- The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be required to inform the Principal about which professional or organization will be assisting the student, and will also be required to request that the professional or organization to submit periodic reports on the progress of the student to the Principal of the school.
- Any cost incurred during the process of counseling and rehabilitation will be met by the parent(s)/legal guardian(s).
- Upon the recommendation of the professional or organization, the student may be re-admitted to school.
- The school reserves the right to request a drug test to corroborate the recommendation of the counseling body.
- Students who are re-admitted to school and test positive for a second time will be expelled from school.
Possession, Peddling and Trafficking illicit drugs
- Where there is probable cause to believe that students are bringing illicit drugs to school the Principal may conduct a search, or order a search to be conducted, of the classroom or classrooms, or any other place where the illicit drugs are suspected of being hidden. The search may also include the students desks, school bags and pockets. Such searches will be conducted by no fewer than two members of staff and may also involve a Police Officer. Administration reserves the right to conduct random searches.
- Any student found with illegal drugs, or who peddles or traffics illicit drugs, on or off campus, will be suspended and his/her case sent to regional council. The parents or legal guardian will be informed and the matter turned over to the Police for legal action. If the student is convicted of any of the aforementioned offences, he/she will be regarded as having been expelled and will not be re-admitted to school. If the student is acquitted, he/she may apply for re-admission at the beginning of the following school year.
- Any student who is required to undergo a drug test must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and by a member of staff designated by the Principal when providing the specimen for the test.
- The drug test must be performed by a licensed medical laboratory designated by the school.
- The testing laboratory should submit to the school the result of the test as soon as possible, in a sealed and stamped envelope.
- The cost of the test should be borne by the parent or legal guardian if the result is positive, and by the school if the result is negative.
- Failure to take the Drug Test within a specified time indicated by the Principal, the student will be asked to withdraw from school.
A student who has been charged with any of the serious offences stated in drug use above will initially be excluded from school pending the outcome of the case. If the student is convicted, the student will be recorded as having been expelled from school. If the student is acquitted, or if the charge is dropped, the student may be re-admitted.
A student who has been excluded from school may re-enter on application at the beginning of the next school year, but admission will depend on the availability of space and whether or not the offender has shown evidence of rehabilitation. Admission will therefore not be automatic.
A student who has been expelled from school will not be readmitted.