Atascadero USD | AR 1312.1 Community Relations
Complaints Concerning District Employees
The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall determine whether a complaint should be considered a complaint against the district and/or the individual, and whether it should be resolved by the district's process for complaints concerning personnel, other district procedures or both.
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)
(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)
In order to promote fair and constructive communication, the following procedures shall govern the resolution of complaints against district employees:
1. Every effort should be made to resolve a complaint at the earliest possible stage. Whenever possible, complaints concerning school personnel should be made directly by the complainant to the person against whom the complaint is made. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attempt to orally resolve concerns with the staff member personally.
2. If a complainant is unable or unwilling to resolve the complaint directly with the person involved, he/she may submit an oral or written complaint to the employee's immediate supervisor or the principal.
3. When a written complaint is received, the employee shall be notified.
4. All complaints related to district personnel other than administrators shall be submitted in writing to the principal or immediate supervisor. If the complainant is unable to prepare the complaint in writing, administrative staff shall help him/her to do so. Complaints related to a principal or central office administrator shall be initially filed in writing with the Superintendent or designee. Complaints related to the Superintendent shall be initially filed in writing with the Board President. Complaints related to a Board member shall be initially filed in writing with the Superintendent or Board President.
5. A written complaint must include:
a. The name of each employee involved
b. A brief but specific summary of the complaint and the facts surrounding it and
c. A specific description of any prior attempt to discuss the complaint with the employee and the failure to resolve the matter
6. The person responsible for investigating complaints will attempt to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the person(s) involved within 30 working days.
7. The complainant may appeal a decision by the principal or immediate supervisor to the Superintendent/Principal or designee, who will attempt to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the person(s) involved within 30 working days. Complainants should consider and accept the Superintendent or designee's decision as final. However, the complainant, the employee, or the Superintendent/Principal or designee may ask to address the Board regarding the complaint.
8. Before any Board consideration of a complaint, the Superintendent/Principal or designee shall submit to the Board a written report concerning the complaint, including but not be limited to:
a. The name of each employee involved
b. A brief but specific summary of the complaint and the facts surrounding it, sufficient to inform the Board and the employee(s) as to the precise nature of the complaint and to allow the employee(s) to prepare a defense
c. A copy of the signed original complaint
d. A summary of the action taken by the Superintendent/Principal or designee, together with his/her specific finding that the problem has not been resolved and the reasons
9. The Board may uphold the Superintendent's decision without hearing the complaint.
10. All parties to a complaint may be asked to attend a Board meeting in order to present all available evidence and allow every opportunity for explaining and clarifying the issue.
11. Before the Board holds a closed session to hear complaints or charges brought against an employee, the employee shall receive written notice of his/her right to have the complaints or charges heard in open session rather than closed session. This notice shall be delivered personally or by mail at least 24 hours before the time of the session, and the employee may request that the complaints or charges be heard in open session. Complaints concerning Board members shall be addressed in open session unless a closed session is warranted pursuant to Education Code 35146 or 48918 or Government Code 54957 or 54957.6. (Government Code 54957)
(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)
(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)
12. Any decision of the Board shall be final.
Complaints Regarding Child Abuse
When a complaint of child abuse is alleged, the district shall provide parents/guardians procedures for filing a child abuse complaint with the appropriate child protective agencies. Upon request, such procedures shall be written in the primary language of the parent/guardian, and the Superintendent/Principal or designee shall provide an interpreter if needed. (Education Code 48987)
Providing the above procedures to parents/guardians does not relieve mandated reporters from their duty to report suspected child abuse in accordance with law.
(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)
(cf. 4144/4244/4344 - Complaints)
Regulation ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: November 6, 2001 Atascadero, California