Although no member of the community will be denied the right to bring their complaints to the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee, they will be referred through the proper administrative channels for solution before investigation or action by the Committee. Exceptions will be made when the complaints concern Committee actions or Committee operations only.
The Committee believes that complaints are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible, and that the professional staff should be given every opportunity to consider the issues and attempt to resolve the problem prior to involvement by the Committee. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline or learning materials will be as follows:
- Department Head/Lead Teacher
- Academic or Vocational Coordinator
- Asst. Supt-Director/Principal
- School Committee
If a complaint, which was presented to the Committee and referred back through the proper channels, is adjusted before it comes back to the Regional School Committee, a report of the disposition of the matter will be made to the Committee and then placed in the official files.
Complaints about school personnel will be investigated fully and fairly. However, before any such complaint is investigated, the complainant must submit his complaint in writing. Anonymous complaints will be disregarded.
Matters referred to the Superintendent-Director and/or Regional School Committee must be in writing and should be specific in terms of the action desired.
The Committee expects the professional staff to receive complaints courteously and to make a proper reply to the complainant.
SOURCE: MASC October 2016
LEGAL REFS.: MG.L. 76:5
603 CMR 26.00