A request by suspended Salford School principal Marlene Campbell to be reinstated for the last days of term has been declined by the Employment Relations Authority.
Ms Campbell had wanted to return to the Invercargill primary school to farewell the children at their final assembly.
In a decision released today, the school's commissioner Nicola Hornsey said it could function without Ms Campbell, and was concerned about the potential effects on the emotional safety of staff if she was to return.
Authority member Michael Loftus upheld Ms Hornsey's choice. Mr Loftus said it was highly unlikely an appropriate programme could have been put in place by Friday, the last day of school.
A further report from an investigation into the concerns that led to Ms Campbell's suspension was expected this week.
- The Southland Times
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