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Last updated on Monday, September 16, 2013.

Sometimes inappropriate behaviours are of such a serious or repetitive nature that an immediate suspension is required, or a 20 day suspension pending expulsion may be issued. The process involved in either suspension or expulsion is outlined in the HWDSB policies and policy directives. We have also provided information for parents and adult students to help them through the process when either a suspension or expulsion is issued.

For more information, read the Safe & Caring Pamphlet: What to do if your child is facing expulsion

Policy – 6.4 Student Behaviour and Discipline

Gateway Program

Gateway is Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Safe & Caring Schools program for students who are on suspension for 6 to 20 days or who have been expelled from all HWDSB schools. Students are able to continue their education through homework completion and independent study.

With the help of our teaching and support staff, students are also given an opportunity to develop long-term positive attitudes and behaviours so that they can achieve success when they return to a school or program in our Board.

Students participate in the program in varying ways, from home study to attending class for three to five hour sessions, five days a week. Teaching and discussion blocks are held in a small group format along with individual support when required.

For more information, read the Safe & Caring Pamphlet: What is the Gateway Program?