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Discipline in government schools

35 Discipline in government schools

(1) The Minister may control and regulate student discipline in government schools.
(1A) Subsection (1) extends to the conduct of a student that significantly affects, or is likely to significantly affect, the health or safety of students or staff of any school, regardless of whether that conduct occurs on or outside school premises or within or outside school hours.
(2) The Minister may prepare guidelines for the adoption by government schools of fair discipline codes that provide for the control and regulation of student discipline in those schools (except for the suspension or expulsion of students).
(2A) The guidelines and codes must not permit corporal punishment of students attending government schools.
(2B) The guidelines and codes may permit other reasonable forms of punishment or correction of those students, including requiring students to perform any reasonable work or service for the school.
(3) The Minister may, on the recommendation of the Secretary, expel a child of any age from a government school. The Secretary may suspend any child from a government school.
(4) The Minister may establish programs to assist any child who has a history of non-attendance at a government school or who has been expelled from a government school to adjust more successfully to school life or to improve his or her behaviour so as to be able to return to school.
(5) The Secretary may, with the consent of the child's parent, arrange for a child who has been expelled from a government school to be admitted to and attend another government school (unless the child is refused admission under section 34 (4)) or to participate in a program referred to in subsection (4).

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