The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

Bill No. 105

Education Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Education Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Karen Lynn Casey
Minister of Education and Early Childhoold Development

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) April 30, 2015
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement September 1, 2015
2015 Statutes, Chapter 16

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 amends the Preamble to the Education Act to

(a) reflect that school boards will no longer be required to establish regional school codes of conduct; and

(b) replace a reference to “disruptive and severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 2

(a) adds definitions of “bullying”, “cyberbullying” and “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) updates the title of the Minister.

Clause 3

(a) replaces a reference to “severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) removes a reference to bullying and cyberbullying that is made redundant by the inclusion of those terms in the definition of “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 4 corrects minor errors in the wording of a provision.

Clause 5

(a) replaces references to “severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) removes a reference to bullying and cyberbullying that is made redundant by the inclusion of those terms in the definition of “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 6

(a) replaces a reference to “severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) removes a reference to bullying and cyberbullying that is made redundant by the inclusion of those terms in the definition of “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 7 corrects a typographical error.

Clause 8

(a) removes the obligation on a school board to establish a regional school code of conduct policy;

(b) replaces references to “severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(c) updates a reference to a period of suspension to reflect that students can now be suspended for up to 10, rather than 5, schools days by a school principal without the need for school board approval.

Clause 9 repeals a Section that defines expressions no longer being used.

Clause 10 replaces a reference to “disruptive behaviour or severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 11

(a) replaces references to “disruptive behaviour or severely disruptive behaviour” and “severely disruptive behaviour” with references to “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) extends from 5 to 10 the number of school days for which a school principal may suspend a student without the need for school board approval.

Clause 12 extends the period during which a student or the students parents may request a review of a suspension of the student by a principal from 3 to 5 school days after notice of the suspension is received.

Clause 13 replaces references to “five school days” with “ten school days” to reflect the longer period for which a principal may suspend a student without school board approval.

Clause 14

(a) replaces references to “five school days” with “ten school days” to reflect the longer period for which a principal may suspend a student without school board approval; and

(b) removes the requirement that a school boards reasonable efforts to provide alternative arrangements for the education of a student suspended for more than 10 days be in accordance with the regulations.

Clause 15 corrects a typographical error.

Clause 16

(a) replaces a reference to “disruptive behaviour and severely disruptive behaviour” with “unacceptable behaviour”; and

(b) removes a reference to bullying and cyberbullying that is made redundant by the inclusion of those terms in the definition of “unacceptable behaviour”.

Clause 17 repeals regulation-making powers made redundant by this Act.

Clause 18 updates a provision that provides for references to the past name of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, or of the Minister or Deputy Minister, to be taken as references to the present name of the Department, Minister or Deputy Minister.

Clause 19 sets out the effective date for this Act.