Appeal a school board decision to expel a pupil

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The Education Act gives the CFSRB the mandate to hear appeals from expulsions from a school or all schools of a school board.

Before you file

  • Are you the parent or guardian of a student who is under 18 years old who was recently expelled?
  • Are you a student who is over 18 years old who was recently expelled?
  • Are you a student who is 16 or 17 years old and has withdrawn from parental control and was recently expelled?

If you answered "yes" to one of the above questions, you may apply to the Child and Family Services Review Board to appeal the expulsion.

You do not need to be represented at a hearing. You can represent yourself or you can choose a lawyer or paralegal to help you prepare for and participate in your appeal. Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) may be able to provide legal help. JFCY is a legal aid clinic that provides advice, representation and referrals. For more information, see the SJTO Practice Direction on Representation.

Filing an application with the CFSRB

To apply, download Form 4: Appeal of School Board Expulsion Decision or call us and we will email or mail you a copy.

When you receive the expulsion decision from the school board, you have 30 days to appeal to the CFSRB. If you missed the 30 day deadline to apply, contact the CFSRB immediately, and explain why. You may still be allowed to apply.

For information about how to send your appeal, visit Forms & Filing.

After you file

After receiving your appeal, the CFSRB will take the following steps within 7 days:

  • send a copy of the appeal to the school board involved and ask for a copy of the principal's report which recommended the expulsion.
  • hold a pre-hearing with you and the school board.

The pre-hearing

At the pre-hearing, the CFSRB member, will:

  • define the issues
  • identify the witnesses who will appear at the hearing
  • review the documents and other potential evidence the parties will need to share with each other and the CFSRB
  • set dates for the hearing

The pre-hearing will be held on the phone.

After the pre-hearing, the CFSRB will mail 2 documents to you and the school board:

  1. A summary of the pre-hearing
  2. A notice of hearing, which gives the time and format of your hearing

The hearing

The date of your hearing will be no later than 30 days after the CFSRB receives your appeal, unless either you or the school board requests a later date, in which case it may be held later.

A panel of 1-3 adjudicators will hold a hearing. All participants will have an opportunity to present oral and written evidence, ask witnesses questions, and make submissions.

The school board will present its evidence first.

The panel members may also have questions for the witnesses.

The student whose expulsion is being appealed has the right to attend the hearing and make a statement.

A hearing can last 1 day or more. All hearings take place in private. The CFSRB will try to hold the hearing in a format that is convenient for everyone.

The decision

The CFSRB may decide to:

  • confirm the expulsion decision
  • reject the expulsion decision and reinstate the student
  • change the expulsion decision from all schools to the student's school only
  • order that the record of the expulsion be removed or changed

The CFSRB will issue a decision no later than 10 days after the hearing and will issue written reasons within 30 days.

Rules of Procedure

The sections of the Rules of Procedure that apply to an appeal of a school board expulsion decision are Part I and Part V.