Student Rights and Responsibilities Steps for Resolving Concerns

Most problems can be resolved satisfactorily by discussing the matter with the teacher, counselor, or principal.

If you wish to express concern or disagreement with a decision or action taken by school officials, it is important to first talk with school personnel who are closest to the issue.  Parents most often find that problems can be resolved satisfactorily by discussing the matter with the teacher, counselor, or principal.  

Any concerns about actions or decisions of a teacher or other school personnel should first be discussed with the school principal.

Procedures for how parents can address concerns when they are not satisfied with the principal’s response vary with the type of concern:

  • Discipline: Please refer to Appendix D, page 22 for information on how to appeal a decision to suspend, and page 25 for information on how to petition the school board to alter a decision to reassign a student to an alternative program. See regulation 2611 for additional information
  • Complaints regarding actions of teachers or other school personnel; student records; or decisions regarding right of expression, right to display or distribute literature: These complaints should be directed to the appropriate Regional Assistant Superintendent. Phone numbers can be found on page 6.
  • Complaints regarding barriers to equal opportunity: Please contact the director of the Office of Equity and Employee Relations 571-423-3052
  • Complaints about procedures, programs or services for students with disabilities should be directed to the coordinator of the Office of Due Process and Eligibility at 571-423-4470.
     

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document conveys the expectations for student behavior in our schools so that all students can experience a conducive learning environment.