Code No. 503.8c Multicultural and Gender Fare Education Opportunity
Code No. 503.8c
Policy Title: Multicultural and Gender Fare Education Opportunity
- Definition: A “grievance” shall mean a complaint which has been filed by a student or by a student’s parent, on his/her behalf, dealing specifically with alleged discrimination. This grievance procedure is not applicable to situations for which other appeal and adjudication procedures are provided in State laws or in which the Board is without authority to act. Normal means of communication, from students to teacher to administrator to Board of Education shall be used whenever practical in seeking clarification or question of concern to the student, before the grievance procedure is followed.
- Purpose: The basic purpose of this procedure is to obtain at the earliest level possible equitable solutions to a claim of a complaint, if the claim is justifiable. All proceedings shall be kept confidential at each level of this procedure.
- Time: The number of days indicated at each level shall be considered as a maximum, and every effort shall be made to expedite the process. However, the specified time limits may be extended by mutual agreement of the complainant and the administration. In the event of complaint is filed on or after May 1, the time limits stated hereafter shall include all calendar days so that the matter may be resolved before the end of the school year or as soon as possible.
- First Level: A students with a complaint shall first present it orally and informally to his/her teacher.
- Second Level: Within three days after receiving a decision at level one, the complainant may appeal the decision to the building principal. This appeal shall be in writing and shall be accompanied by the original complaint and copies of any and all previous supporting statements, evidence, and decisions. The principal shall evaluate the evidence and render a decision within ten (10) school days after receiving the appeal.
- Third Level: Should the complainant believe it necessary and desirable to carry the complaint beyond the decision reached at the second level, he/she may within ten (10) school days file his/her complaint with the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall evaluate the evidence and render his/her decision within ten (10) school days after receiving the appeal.
- Fourth Level: Should the complainant believe it necessary and desirable to carry the complaint beyond the decision reached at the third level, he/she may within ten (10) school days file his/her complaint with the Board of Education. The complaint shall be placed upon the Board agenda for consideration at the next regular meeting of the Board. A final decision shall be made within thirty (30) calendar days from said meeting.
- Hearings and Decisions: At each of the above levels, the complainant shall be given the opportunity to be present and to be heard. With the exception on the first level, all decisions shall be in writing. Copies of all decisions and recommendations shall be furnished to all involved parties.
- Withdrawals: A complaint may be withdrawn by the complainant at any level without prejudice or record.
- Reprisals: There shall be no reprisal of any kind taken by or against any party of legitimate interest or any participant in the grievance procedure by reason of such participation.
- School Records: Any complainant who wishes the proceedings (relative to his/her complaint) to be placed in his/her school records may achieve such action by filing a written request to the principal.
- Disclaimer: In the adoption and implementation of this grievance procedure, it shall be understood that the Board of Education is not a court of law and that rules of jurisprudence shall not apply.
Approved: 6-26-89 Reviewed: 2-11-13 Revised: ______________