It is the intent of the Board of Education that, through this staff complaints and grievances procedure, employee complaints will be identified and corrected at the earliest possible time and at the lowest level of supervision. Complaint processing should be viewed as a positive and constructive effort to establish the facts upon which the complaint is based and come to a fair conclusion. Employees will not be discriminated against nor will reprisal be attempted against an employee because a complaint was filed.


I. Definition


Complaint and/or Grievance -- An employee's assertion that he or she is adversely affected by a violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of a published district policy, procedure or regulation, or of an employee handbook, employee contract or existing law. Complaints relating to discrimination will be resolved in accordance with policy AC and regulation AC-R.


II. Exclusions


This regulation shall not apply to complaints for which state law establishes a procedure for obtaining a Board hearing. In addition, complaints about non-renewal of a probationary teacher's contract, or about any other official Board action, shall be directed to the Board; and a hearing on the same, unless required by state law, shall be discretionary with the Board. Complaints concerning evaluations, except those which lead to a loss of pay, will be excluded.


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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted: December 14, 2000




Cross Refs: AC, Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment

KL, Public Complaints


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