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So, I'm currently in year 12, and before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, and after, and still now, when I get glutened, I'm on the toilet all day and not to mention the body aches and horrible stomach pains. It stops me from going to school.

I've been warned by the board of studies and my principal that I will be expelled if I have too much more time off, but it's not my fault I have coeliac disease.

Is there anyway, if they expel me, to where I would be able to fight it? I am ontop of my school work but I'm just "not meeting the required hours" that I need.. yet I'm ontop of my work which makes no sense.

Thinking about being expelled makes me sick to my stomach, because I only have 3 more months to go. What can I do? :(

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Here in America, we send a letter from the doctor to each of my daughter's teachers and the principal as well. Might help?

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It seems more than a little extreme to expel you for being actually sick. Asking for a meeting with you, your parents, and administration to make sure that the school has a clear understanding of your health. (I'd paint a vivid picture of exactly why you can't be in class and exactly how hard you try to avoid gluten so they understand it is not because you want a donut.) If the school is still stuck on expelling you for being sick go up the administration ladder and keep going up.

I have had good results as a last resort with the media. When the newspaper phones them to comfirm that they are expelling a student who behaves well, and does the work, but has a disease that sometimes prevents you from living your life and attending school. They might decide to back down.

Good luck.

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So, I'm currently in year 12, and before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, and after, and still now, when I get glutened, I'm on the toilet all day and not to mention the body aches and horrible stomach pains. It stops me from going to school.

I've been warned by the board of studies and my principal that I will be expelled if I have too much more time off, but it's not my fault I have coeliac disease.

Is there anyway, if they expel me, to where I would be able to fight it? I am ontop of my school work but I'm just "not meeting the required hours" that I need.. yet I'm ontop of my work which makes no sense.

Thinking about being expelled makes me sick to my stomach, because I only have 3 more months to go. What can I do? :(

Are you at a private school? It sounds like it. They're probably worried that you are going to mess up their academic pass rate.

No. They definitely can't expel you for being sick. Especially not if you have an official diagnosis. Have you been getting medical certificates for the days you have been absent? Probably not if there have been a lot of them. You should ask your doctor or specialist to write an offical letter to give to the school explaining that your frequent absences have a real medical reason.

In the meantime, you need to call your state branch of the Coeliac Society and have a chat to them. They are very helpful and will have helped others in your situation deal with the same problem.

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It seems more than a little extreme to expel you for being actually sick. Asking for a meeting with you, your parents, and administration to make sure that the school has a clear understanding of your health. (I'd paint a vivid picture of exactly why you can't be in class and exactly how hard you try to avoid gluten so they understand it is not because you want a donut.) If the school is still stuck on expelling you for being sick go up the administration ladder and keep going up.

I have had good results as a last resort with the media. When the newspaper phones them to comfirm that they are expelling a student who behaves well, and does the work, but has a disease that sometimes prevents you from living your life and attending school. They might decide to back down.

Good luck.

My principal knows the reasoning behind it, but it's further up the ladder, the Board of Studies is like the whole education system. So it's out of my school's control :(

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In the meantime, you need to call your state branch of the Coeliac Society and have a chat to them. They are very helpful and will have helped others in your situation deal with the same problem.

This is good advice, you should contact the Coeliac Society straight away for advice. What state are you in? I found this http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/manuals/hsc_assessment_std_ref_fwk.html which indicates in NSW it's up to the principal to determine if you met the requirements.

There have to be provisions for someone with a diagnosed illness. You can't be the only student who misses school through no fault of their own.

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This is good advice, you should contact the Coeliac Society straight away for advice. What state are you in? I found this http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/manuals/hsc_assessment_std_ref_fwk.html which indicates in NSW it's up to the principal to determine if you met the requirements.

There have to be provisions for someone with a diagnosed illness. You can't be the only student who misses school through no fault of their own.

Thankyou SO SO SO much for this!!! I thought and was told it was up to the board of studies!! I'm in new south wales. ahh thankyou so so much. mind is at ease!!!

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Thankyou SO SO SO much for this!!! I thought and was told it was up to the board of studies!! I'm in new south wales. ahh thankyou so so much. mind is at ease!!!

You're welcome but please do still speak to the coeliac society for advice. The Board of Studies website wasn't particular easy to navigate and they'll have more experience in how to handle this, talking to your principal etc.

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You're welcome but please do still speak to the coeliac society for advice. The Board of Studies website wasn't particular easy to navigate and they'll have more experience in how to handle this, talking to your principal etc.

I'll makr sure I do. Thankyou :)

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