Burris Laboratory School

Complaint/Appeal Procedures

Faculty and Administrator:

1) The faculty member will schedule a time to discuss the issue with the principal.  With prior knowledge of both parties, an advocate or 3rd party may be present. A Faculty Welfare representative may serve as a 3rd party.  If a 3rd party is present, he or she will take notes.  Notes will be taken and shared between the principal and faculty member to assure accuracy.

-if there is no resolution

2) The faculty member will send a letter to the principal and Faculty Welfare Committee stating continuing concerns.  This response will include an expectation of how the issue may be resolved.  The teacher may at this time request a follow-up meeting.  The principal will accept all requests for follow-up meetings. If the teacher requests no follow-up meeting, the principal will have a maximum of 10 days to respond in writing to the teacher.  The principal may accept the faculty member’s proposal, write an alternative proposal for resolving the issue, or request a follow-up meeting.  The faculty member will have the option to share and discuss the principal’s response with the Faculty Welfare Committee.  If the principal requests a follow-up meeting, the faculty member may accept the invitation or ask that proceedings move to step 3.

-if there is no resolution

3A) The faculty member and principal will meet with the Faculty Welfare Committee to discuss the issue and work toward resolution.

3B) If the Faculty Welfare Committee has determined that a meeting is not likely to resolve the issue, the teacher may request a meeting with the principal and the superintendent.

-if there is no resolution

The superintendent will refer the issue to the Dean.

Administration and Faculty

1) The principal will schedule a time to discuss the issue with the teacher. With prior knowledge to both parties, an advocate or 3rd party may be present.  A Faculty Welfare representative may serve as a 3rd party. Notes will be taken and shared between the principal and teacher to assure accuracy.

-if there is no resolution

2) The principal will send a letter to the faculty member stating continuing concerns. This response will include an expectation of how the issue will be resolved.  The faculty member will have the option to share and discuss the principal’s concerns with the Faculty Welfare Committee.  Within ten days, the faculty member may accept the principal’s proposal, write an alternative proposal for resolving the issue, or request a follow-up meeting.  The principal will accept all requests for follow-up meetings.

-if there is no resolution

3) The principal will again respond in writing, stating expectations for resolution, and will share his response and backgrounds notes with the superintendent and request assistance in resolving the issue.

  4) The superintendent will gather any information he deems necessary through email or meetings and a) accept the principal’s proposed resolution, b) accept the teacher’s proposed resolution, c) propose an alternative resolution or d) refer the issue to the Dean.

  Teacher and Teacher Complaint

1) The faculty members will meet with each other to discuss the issue.  With prior knowledge to both parties, an advocate or 3rd party may be present.  If a 3rd party is present, he or she will take notes.  Notes will be shared will both faculty members to assure accuracy.

-if there is no resolution

2) The faculty members should request a meeting with Faculty Welfare or the principal to work toward a resolution.  An advocate may be present.  Notes will be taken during the meeting by the principal or faculty welfare member.  Notes will be shared with all parties to assure accuracy.

-if there is no resolution

3) The faculty welfare committee or principal may request the teachers meet with the superintendent.

-if there is no resolution

4) The superintendent will refer the issue to the Dean.

Parent and Teacher Complaint

All parents going directly to an administrator will be asked to communicate with the teacher first.  If this communication does not resolve the concern, the parent or teacher may approach an administrator regarding the issue.   The administrator will attempt to facilitate a resolution with the parent and teacher through discussion and/or by scheduling and attending a parent/teacher meeting. 

A member of the faculty welfare committee is available as an advocate for any teacher involved in a parent/teacher issue.