Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: December 17, 1990
The Board of Education recognizes that students have the right to request
redress of complaints. Further, the Board believes that the inculcation
of respect for lawful procedures is an important part of the educational
process. Accordingly, individual and group complaints should be recognized
and appropriate appeal procedures provided.
For purposes of this policy, student "complaint" shall be any that arise
from action that directly affects the student's participation in an approved
The Board or its employes will recognize the complaints of the students
of this district provided that such complaints are made according to procedures
established by Board policy.
Students are to be encouraged to first discuss the complaint with the staff
member involved and, in the process, may seek the assistance and be
accompanied by another student or faculty member .
If the problem is not solved, the student shall give the complaint in writing
to the principal who shall then notify the parent or guardian. the principal
within five days shall call a meeting of the student who may be accompanied
by parent and/or advisor and the staff member who may be accompanied by
a union representative to discuss the complaint. In no more than 3 days
after the meeting, the principal shall give his/her decision in writing
to the student, parent and staff member .
The student's written complaint which shall set forth:
the specific nature of the complaint and a brief statement of the facts
giving rise to it;
Should the student's complaint be against the principal, or against a policy
the principal has supported, the student may complain directly to the district
the manner in which and extent to which the student believes s/he has
been adversely affected;
the relief sought by the student;
the reasons why the student feels s/he is entitled to the relief sought.
If the complaint is not settled to the student's satisfaction by the principal,
the student may appeal, in writing, to the district superintendent who
within five school days will call a meeting and give a decision .
The school authority hearing the complaint may call in the student's parent.
The student may seek the assistance of a parent or guardian at any step.
Pennsylvania Code Title 22, Sections 12.8; 12.15(g)