Principals could be able to ban parents from school premises

HOSTILE parents could face an immediate ban from school premises with a verbal warning under new laws introduced to Queensland Parliament.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said written directions to hostile people could "often be impractical when confronted with difficult and sometimes rapidly evolving situations".

He said the Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill would enhance principals' powers to issue 24-hour bans to people threatening student safety, damaging property or disrupting order at a school.

"The ability to resolve this with a verbal direction is a common sense solution that ensures principals can continue to keep their school community safe," told parliament on Tuesday.

Principals also would be able to give a written direction to prohibit a hostile person from the premises for up to 60 days, instead of seeking approval from the director-general.

Mr Langbroek said principals had other disciplinary approaches available to address student behavioural issues.

He said principals also would be able to grant exemptions from compulsory schooling for up to 110 school days, about two school terms in a calendar year, for reasons such as illness or travel.

New laws would enable regional directors to begin prosecutions against parents whose children fail to comply with compulsory attendance requirements, instead of the director-general.

"Regional directors, in consultation with principals, are in the best position to make decisions about prosecution processes as they have access to detailed knowledge about the student, family circumstances that impact on school attendance and local community issues," Mr Langbroek said.

These moves come after the LNP last year expanded school powers to punish misbehaving students.

The bill was referred to the Education and Innovation Committee for consideration. - APN NEWSDESK



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