DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment Charter School has enacted the following Grievance Procedures as a guide for parents and guardians to solve possible grievance issues in the most effective manner. These procedures serve as a guideline. The following procedure will be followed whenever a parent/guardian has a particular grievance:
STEP 1: The parent/guardian is to set an appointment to meet with the teacher or staff member involved in the grievance. The teacher and/or the parent/guardian may request that the assistant principal/principal or his/her designee be present.
STEP 2: If the issue is not resolved, the parent/guardian may ask for a meeting with the Assistant Principal/Principal. Any person who is dissatisfied with the results of such a meeting may wish to complete a Parent Grievance Form and proceed to Step 3.
STEP 3: If the issue remains unresolved, the parent/guardian is requested to send the Parent Grievance Form to Headmaster/CEO, Dr. Maury Wills, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Headmaster/CEO will intervene to address parent concerns and resolve any existing conflicts/concerns. If the grievance is not resolved, then the issue must proceed to Step 4.
STEP 4: If the issue remains unresolved, the parent/guardian is requested to write a letter of grievance addressed to the Board Chair. Mr. George Jones at: email@example.com. The Board Chair will decide whether to bring the grievance to the full board for discussion/remediation. If the grievance is presented to the Board, the parent/guardian will be asked to speak with the full Board to make a final recommendation. The parent/guardian will receive a letter with the Board’s final recommendation. The Board of DeKalb Academy Board of Directors believes that all decisions are made with the best interest of the child in mind. We as adults have the right to disagree, but the children are why we are here.
Condition for expulsion from the Charter School include, but are not limited to, the following occurrences:
A) Possession of a dangerous weapon at school property or a school event or on school property.
B) Arson on school property.
C) Sexual conduct on school grounds.
D) Physical assault of a teacher.
E) Physical assault of another student (fighting).
F) Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at school or a school event.
G) Sale, use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs at school or a school event.
Students will receive and sign for the Code of Student Conduct, which contains the discipline rules and regulations of the School System. Students will be taught the contents of the handbook. Special Education students are taught the contents of the handbook by special education teachers. Also, English students of other languages are taught the contents of the handbook by ESOL teachers and staff. Students who enroll in a DeKalb school during the school year also receive, sign for, and are taught the contents of the handbook. Students are administered tests on the contents of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook. Students who score less than a 90 on the test must take a retest after additional instruction is provided. Tests are age appropriate and are prepared for grades K-3 rd, 4th-7th, and 8th. Students receive a Student Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) agreement that encourages conflict resolution as a substitute for violence. Students receive the booklet Keeping Weapons Out of Your School to inform students of policies and laws and to encourage students to take an active role in making and keeping their school free of weapons and safe.