KEB-R: PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT SCHOOL PERSONNEL

FILE: KEB-R
 
The following procedures are established to ensure that a citizen's complaint is given respectful attention and that the integrity of the educational program is upheld. "Complaint" in this regulation will be restricted in meaning to that criticism of particular school employees by an individual that includes or implies a demand for action by school authorities. Other comments and suggestions will be referred informally to affected personnel.
 
  1. If a complaint comes first to the person against whom it is directed, he/she will listen courteously and may try to resolve the difficulty by explaining the background and educational purpose involved. If the complaint remains unsatisfied, the employee will refer him/her to the building Principal or other immediate supervisor to have his/her views considered further. Whether the complaint terminates with the individual staff member involved or seems likely to go further, the staff member will immediately inform his/her supervisor of the complaint.
  2. If a complaint comes first to the Principal or other supervisor of the person criticized, he/she should listen courteously or acknowledge a letter promptly and politely, but should make no commitments, admissions of guilt, or threats. If the complaint involves a particular employee, the supervisor should suggest a conference between the complainant and the person criticized and should inform that person immediately of the complaint. If the complainant has already met with the person criticized and remains unsatisfied, the supervisor should invite the complainant to file her/his complaint in writing describing a school employee's behavior, character or qualifications.
  3. If a complaint comes first to any other school employee, that employee will refer the complainant to the person criticized or his/her immediate supervisor and immediately inform both.
  4. No further action on the complaint should be taken unless the complainant submits the complaint in writing.
  5. When a written complaint form is received, the Superintendent, Principal, or other supervisor will schedule a conference with himself/herself, the complainant, the person criticized, and if advisable, the department chairman or other personnel that either the supervisor or the person criticized feels could contribute resolution of the problem.
  6. If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of the conference above, he/she should then be referred to the Superintendent, who may handle the complaint personally or refer it to other personnel, as he/she may see fit.
  7. Should dissatisfaction remain after the above steps have been taken, the matter will be placed on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled Committee meeting. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to all interested persons.
 
If the complaint is pertaining to the Superintendent, the School Committee will be informed and will be
responsible for handling the matter.
 
LEGAL REFS.:
MG.L. 76:5
603 CMR 26.00

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015