How to make a complaint of unlawful Discrimination with your school District
David Forsythe is the IX and VII Coordinator
Dr. Carolyn Jenkins is the 504 Coordinator
If you feel your child has been discriminated against meet with the teacher or principal immediately. If you can’t meet with them then contact David Forsythe or Dr. Carolyn Jenkins at the Meridian School District Office. 360-398-7111. 214 W. Laurel Rd, Bellingham WA next to Meridian High School. If the problem can’t be resolved then you may file a complaint with the Meridian School District.
Steps to File a Complaint
You can file a formal complaint by writing a letter to your Superintendent that describes what happened and why you think it is discrimination. It is helpful to include what you want the district to do. Your letter must be signed.
What will the District do?
The employee designated by the district to receive complaints will investigate your allegations and provide the Superintendent with a written report of the complaint, and the results of the investigation. You and the district may also agree to resolve your complaint in lieu of an investigation.
What will the District Superintendent do?
The Superintendent will send you a written letter within 30 calendar days which will either deny your allegations or describe the reasonable actions the district will take. The letter will include how to file an appeal with your School Board if you do not agree with the Superintendent’s decision.
Corrective measures must occur no later than 30 calendar days of the Superintendent’s letter.
If you don’t Agree with the Superintendent, or you don’t get a response, then you can appeal to the School Board.
What is an appeal?
An appeal is a request to change an official decision.
How do I file an appeal to the School Board?
You can file an appeal by writing a letter to your School Board. The letter must include the part of the Superintendent’s written decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do.
Your letter must be filed with the Secretary of your School Board by the 10th calendar day after you received the Superintendent’s response letter.
What will the School Board do?
The School Board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal letter. You may also all agree on a different date.
What will happen at the Hearing?
You will explain why you disagree with the Superintendent's decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal.
The board will send you a copy of their decision within 10 calendar days after the hearing. The decision will include how to appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction if you disagree.
If you don’t agree with the School Board Decision
How do I file an appeal to OSPI?
You can file an appeal by writing a letter to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The letter must include the part of the School Board’s decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do.
Your signed letter must be received by OSPI by the 20th calendar day of receiving the school board’s decision. It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:
Administrative Resource Services
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone (360) 725-6133
What will OSPI do?
OSPI will schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge through the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). During this process you will be provided information about the hearing.
At the hearing you will explain why you disagree with the School Board’s decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. After the hearing, you
will receive a copy of the judge’s decision.
For more information contact the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/default.aspx
Understanding of how to make a complainthttp://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Families/default.aspx
Parent and Student Rights http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/CivilRights/default.aspx