SCS: Learning Disability students refused part day exemption for evidence-based programs

SCS: Learning Disability students refused part day exemption for evidence-based programs

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Giselle Carnemolla started this petition to Tony.Farley@syd.catholic.edu.au

Sydney Catholic Schools are refusing Part-Day Exemption Certificates for students with Learning Disabilities to attend short term evidence based alternative education programs and threatening to falsely report parents to Family and Community Services (FACS) for “not educating their children” if they attend.

Under Section 25 of the Education Act (1990), Certificates of Exemption (13.1) are permitted “when it has been clearly demonstrated by the applicant that an exemption is in the student’s best interests in the short and long term and that alternatives to exemption have been considered.“ In addition, the Education Act permits principals and directors to grant “exemption from school attendance totaling up to 100 days in a 12 month period for any one student”. It is clearly explained that Part Day Exemptions can be granted:  

(2.2.3.) “Students may participate in school based programs (i.e. short term alternative education programs), including behaviour management transition plans”. In addition:(2.2.7.) The attendance register must indicate part day exemptions with the code P/M.

If your child in the SCS system has been refused  an exemption to attend an early intervention by specialists in the field who use evidence based best pedagogical practices, please sign this petition to bring SCS back in alignment with the Education Act (1990).

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