JII Student Complaint and Grievances

File: JII






The School Committee recognizes that there may be conditions in the school system that are in need of improvement and that students should have some means by which their concerns may be effectively expressed, considered, and dealt with fairly.  Such means, if well conceived and understood in advance, can do much to maintain harmon­ious relationships within the schools and among the students and community.


The traditional "open door" policy in the public school system will be continued.  Students--and their parents and/or guardians--who believe that the students have received unfair treatment in the form of disciplinary action will have the right to appeal.  Any applic­able provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws or federal law will be followed by school officials in conducting hearings and re­views of student grievances.  In general, appeals procedures will begin with the authority imposing the penalty (for example, Principal or teacher) and may ultimately be referred to the Superintendent and on to the School Committee, which possesses the ultimate authority for discipline in the school system.


Every attempt will be made to seek a satisfactory solution to any legitimate grievance in a friendly and informal manner. 




LEGAL REF.:             M.G.L. 76:17


First Reading: 04/05/05

Second Reading, First Vote: 05/03/05

Final Vote: 06-07-05