Student Rights and Responsibilities
The purpose of this policy is to secure at the first possible level prompt
and equitable resolution of student complaints, including those alleging
discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability,
sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Student complaints regarding instructional materials, removal to
alternative education programs, expulsion, prior review of non-school materials
intended for distribution to students, or special education appeals are covered by
A student aggrieved by a violation of a constitutional, statutory, or common
law right, or a violation of a rule adopted by the State Board of Education or a
policy adopted by the Board shall be afforded a hearing in accordance with
applicable law and as provided in this policy. However, this provision shall not be
construed to create an independent right to a hearing before the Board in
addition to hearings required by law.
Presentations and Hearings—
In most circumstances, students shall be entitled to administrative
conferences and informal presentations of the complaint as outlined in this policy.
The student may be represented by an adult at any level of the complaint.
If the complaint involves a problem with a teacher, the student shall in
most circumstances be expected to discuss the matter with the teacher before
requesting a conference with the Principal at Level One.
A student who has a complaint shall request a conference with the
Principal within ten calendar days of the time the student knew, or should have
known, of the event or series of events causing the complaint. The Principal shall
schedule and hold a conference with the student within five days.
If the outcome of the conference with the Principal is not to the student’s
satisfaction, the student has ten calendar days to request a conference with the
Superintendent or designee who shall schedule and hold a conference. Prior to
or at the conference, the student shall submit a written complaint that includes a
statement of the complaint and any evidence in its support, the solution sought,
the student’s signature, and the date of the conference with the Principal.
If the outcome of the conference with the Superintendent or designee is
not to the student’s satisfaction, the student may present the complaint to the
Board at the next regular meeting. The student shall, at least 5 days before the
meeting, provide a written statement identifying specifically the claimed violation
and the relief requested.
The Board shall designate a portion of its regular monthly meeting to hear
student complaints. The Board President may set reasonable time limits on
complaint presentation. The Board shall listen to the complaint, but is not
required to respond or take action on the matter unless it determines that is
appropriate. The Board
If the complaint involves complaints or charges about another person, the
complaint shall be heard by the Board in a closed meeting unless the other
person complained about requests the meeting to be public.