OPUSD Complaint Procedure
What is a complaint?
A complaint is a written and signed statement alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, the agency shall assist the complainant in the filing of the complaint.
Uniform Complaint Procedures(UCP)
A complaint regarding the violation of specific federal and state programs that use categorical funds such as Adult Education, After School Education and Safety, Agricultural Vocational Education, American Indian Education Centers, American Indian Early Childhood Education, Career Technical Education, Child Care and Development, Consolidated Categorical Aid, Foster Youth Services, Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans, Migrant Education, Nutrition Services, Regional Occupational Centers, School Facilities, Special Education, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education, and Unlawful Pupil Fees are considered UCP complaints. UCP complaints are filed with Dr. Leslie Heilbron, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
- Board Policy on Uniform Complaint Procedures
- Administrative Regulation on Uniform Complaint Procedures
Complaints Concerning District Employees
All complaints related to district personnel other than administrators shall be submitted in writing to the principal or immediate supervisor. If the complainant is unable to prepare the complaint in writing, administrative staff shall help him/her to do so. Complaints related to a principal or central office administrator shall be initially filed in writing with the Superintendent or designee. Complaints related to the Superintendent shall be initially filed in writing with the Board.
- Board Policy - Complaints Concerning District Employees
- Administrative Regulation - Complaints Concerning District Employees
A Williams Complaint, another type of UCP complaint, regards instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils, and teacher vacancy or misassignment and may be filed anonymously. Williams Complaints are filed with the principal, or their designee, of the school in which the complaint arises. Schools have complaint forms available for these types of complaints but will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing.
If a Williams Complaint requirement is allegedly not being met, a Williams Complaint form may be obtained at a school office, or Oak Park Unified School District office, or by clicking on the CDE web page to obtain a sample Williams Complaint form