The numbers of students being sent home from school for bad behaviour in the Foothills School Division has decreased by more than half.

Acting Superintendent Pamela Rannelli told the board of trustees the amount of students serving out-of-school last year was 68, in 2014 it was 187.

"We have come down a considerable amount from 14/15," said Rannelli. "And that is really due to the work we are doing in schools in terms of supports around social emotional learning and restorative practices."

She says FSD has a goal of having safe and caring learning enviroments and they are working to make sure kids and the school have the right supports to prevent trouble from getting out of hand.

"Administators and teachers are trying to understand and learn more about function of behaviour and why kids are acting out and making sure we have solid plans to keep them in school."

Rannelli says this success speaks to the dedication of prinicpals, teachers, support staff, and coaches.

"They are pretty dedicated to making sure kids have the right supports."

Students were suspended for a variety of reasons including being physical, 17; behaviour, 13; attendance, 1; illegal subtances or alcohol, 16; bullying, 1; being defiant or disrepectful to FSD staff, 15; smoking on school property, 4; and theft, 1.


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