Complaints

  • The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District places great emphasis on hiring well-qualified professional staff and places trust in its employees to advance the District's educational mission. When a concern arises about a particular situation, it is desirable whenever possible to address the concern by approaching the responsible individual, discussing the concern, and trying to find a remedy without requiring formal administrative review. If that does not work, the Board of Education has adopted formal complaint procedures to address student, parent, and community concerns. Every effort will be made to resolve complaints in a manner that advances the educational mission of the SMMUSD.

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    Complaint Against Employee (Policy)
    Complaint Against Employee (Form)


    Williams Uniform Complaints Notice

    Pursuant to California Education Code Section 35186, you are hereby notified that:

    1. There should be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials. That means each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.

    2. School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.

    3. There should be no teacher vacancies or misassignments. There should be a teacher assigned to each class and not a series of substitutes or other temporary teachers. The teacher should have the proper credential to teach the class, including the certification required to teach English learners if present.

    4. A complaint form may be obtained at the school office, district office, or downloaded from the district’s website.
      E13124WilliamsComplaintEngl.pdf
      E13124WilliamsComplaintSpan.pdf
      You may also download a copy of the California Department of Education complaint form from the followingwebsite: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc/.

      • Teacher vacancy means a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.

      • Misassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.
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