This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component.
The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not reflect those of the Government of Canada. 


If a teacher has difficulty managing the disability-related behaviours of a student, the school can practice exclusion of that child in two ways: A principal may enact a provision in the Education Act to remove a student perceived to be causing harm to others; the schoolboard may shorten the school day (length of instruction), based on the status or exceptionality of a student. Knowing the rules around how such decisions are made can prevent their misuse, and ensure a student is not unfairly penalized for his or her disability. 

BIO  ARCH lawyer Luke Reid obtained his J.D from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2015 after completing his articles at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. He also holds a B.Sc. from Guelph University and an M.S.W. from Wilfred Laurier University. Prior to attending law school, Luke was a social worker at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital providing counselling and discharge planning services to patients requiring ongoing physical rehabilitation. Luke first joined ARCH as a student researcher in the summer of 2012. He recently returned to ARCH as a staff lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of education law and human rights for people with disabilities requiring accommodation.