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San Mateo Un HSD |  BP  1312.1  Community Relations

Complaints Concerning District Employees   

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The Board of Trustees accepts responsibility for providing a means by which employees can be held accountable for their actions. The Board desires that complaints be resolved expeditiously without disrupting the educational process. The Superintendent or designee shall develop regulations which permit employees and the public to submit complaints against district employees in an appropriate way. These regulations shall protect the rights of involved parties. The Board may serve as an appeals body if the complaint is not resolved.

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

The Board prohibits retaliation against complainants. The Superintendent or designee at his/her discretion may keep a complainant's identity confidential, except to the extent necessary to investigate the complaint. The district will not investigate anonymous complaints unless it so desires.

Concerns raised by parents/guardians, employees or members of the public about school district personnel should be resolved as quickly as possible. Therefore, complainants are urged to discuss their concerns directly with the employee(s) in question when concerns surface, when appropriate. Complaints against employees that do not involve employment discrimination will be handled according to the procedures in AR 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees. Complaints alleging unlawful employment discrimination or harassment shall be resolved according to the procedure in AR 4030 -Nondiscrimination in Employment and Employment Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Upon receipt of a complaint, the District shall determine which policy and procedure is most appropriate based on the content of the complaint.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33308.1 Guidelines on procedure for filing child abuse complaints

35146 Closed sessions

44031 Personnel file contents and inspection

44811 Disruption of public school activities

44932-44949 Resignation, dismissal and leaves of absence (rights of employee; procedures to follow)

48987 Child abuse guidelines

GOVERNMENT CODE

54957 Closed session; complaints re employees

54957.6 Closed session; salaries or fringe benefits

PENAL CODE

273 Cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of child

11164-11174.3 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

300 Minors subject to jurisdiction of juvenile court

Management Resources:

CDE LEGAL ADVISORIES

0910.93 Guidelines for parents to report suspected child abuse by school district employees or other

Policy SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2010 San Mateo, California

revised: August 23, 2018