Suspensions increase in Hamilton Catholic board

Community Jan 23, 2018 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

Suspensions are on the rise in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Trustees learned the number of suspensions have increased 11.91 per cent over the previous year at the Jan. 16 Religion, Family life and Instructional Services committee.

“A total of 959 individual students were suspended compared to 825 students from the previous school year,” said Jenny Athanasiou-Malisa, manager for social work services, noting that it reflected an increase of 16.24 per cent.

In total, 1,353 suspensions were handed out during 2016-17 — 144 more than in 2015-16. That amounts to 5,341 instructional days lost in 2016-17, compared to 4,892 days in 2015-16, an increase of 9.18 per cent.

“There were a total of 22 expulsions in the 2016-17 school year compared to 13 from previous and 17 of the expulsions were board-based and five of the expulsions were school-based,” she said.

According to the report, unlike the nine refusal to access incidents reported in the 2015-16 school year, the 2016-17 saw zero incidents.

Superintendent Toni Kovach noted there is no such thing as an in-school suspension, and as such it is not accounted for in the data.

“If a principal elects to remove a student from class, (they) may choose to do so,” she said, noting the parents of students would be notified of where the student was being “placed for the day to ensure security.”

According to board data, at both the elementary school and the secondary level, more male students are being suspended than female students.

At the elementary level, 279 boys were suspended while only 78 girls were suspended. Meanwhile, at the secondary level, as 448 boys were suspended, compared to 154 girls.

The students who were expelled were referred to the Program to Assist Student Success (PASS) which offers an alternative learning environment for those suspended for six to 20 days.

In 2016-17, 91 students were sent to PASS although 15 students did not attend.


Suspensions increase in Hamilton Catholic board

Community Jan 23, 2018 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

Suspensions are on the rise in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Trustees learned the number of suspensions have increased 11.91 per cent over the previous year at the Jan. 16 Religion, Family life and Instructional Services committee.

“A total of 959 individual students were suspended compared to 825 students from the previous school year,” said Jenny Athanasiou-Malisa, manager for social work services, noting that it reflected an increase of 16.24 per cent.

In total, 1,353 suspensions were handed out during 2016-17 — 144 more than in 2015-16. That amounts to 5,341 instructional days lost in 2016-17, compared to 4,892 days in 2015-16, an increase of 9.18 per cent.

“There were a total of 22 expulsions in the 2016-17 school year compared to 13 from previous and 17 of the expulsions were board-based and five of the expulsions were school-based,” she said.

According to the report, unlike the nine refusal to access incidents reported in the 2015-16 school year, the 2016-17 saw zero incidents.

Superintendent Toni Kovach noted there is no such thing as an in-school suspension, and as such it is not accounted for in the data.

“If a principal elects to remove a student from class, (they) may choose to do so,” she said, noting the parents of students would be notified of where the student was being “placed for the day to ensure security.”

According to board data, at both the elementary school and the secondary level, more male students are being suspended than female students.

At the elementary level, 279 boys were suspended while only 78 girls were suspended. Meanwhile, at the secondary level, as 448 boys were suspended, compared to 154 girls.

The students who were expelled were referred to the Program to Assist Student Success (PASS) which offers an alternative learning environment for those suspended for six to 20 days.

In 2016-17, 91 students were sent to PASS although 15 students did not attend.


Suspensions increase in Hamilton Catholic board

Community Jan 23, 2018 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

Suspensions are on the rise in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Trustees learned the number of suspensions have increased 11.91 per cent over the previous year at the Jan. 16 Religion, Family life and Instructional Services committee.

“A total of 959 individual students were suspended compared to 825 students from the previous school year,” said Jenny Athanasiou-Malisa, manager for social work services, noting that it reflected an increase of 16.24 per cent.

In total, 1,353 suspensions were handed out during 2016-17 — 144 more than in 2015-16. That amounts to 5,341 instructional days lost in 2016-17, compared to 4,892 days in 2015-16, an increase of 9.18 per cent.

“There were a total of 22 expulsions in the 2016-17 school year compared to 13 from previous and 17 of the expulsions were board-based and five of the expulsions were school-based,” she said.

According to the report, unlike the nine refusal to access incidents reported in the 2015-16 school year, the 2016-17 saw zero incidents.

Superintendent Toni Kovach noted there is no such thing as an in-school suspension, and as such it is not accounted for in the data.

“If a principal elects to remove a student from class, (they) may choose to do so,” she said, noting the parents of students would be notified of where the student was being “placed for the day to ensure security.”

According to board data, at both the elementary school and the secondary level, more male students are being suspended than female students.

At the elementary level, 279 boys were suspended while only 78 girls were suspended. Meanwhile, at the secondary level, as 448 boys were suspended, compared to 154 girls.

The students who were expelled were referred to the Program to Assist Student Success (PASS) which offers an alternative learning environment for those suspended for six to 20 days.

In 2016-17, 91 students were sent to PASS although 15 students did not attend.