Grievance Policy

P-5.1 Grievance Policy (Adopted August 29, 2015) [Re-adopted January 30, 2016]

TMSA fosters a safe, secure, and friendly working atmosphere. In order to ensure the maintenance of this atmosphere, employee complaints will be taken seriously and will be addressed in a timely and consistent fashion. Disagreements should be solved whenever possible among the people most closely involved while preserving positive relationships. Therefore, when an employee has a complaint or disagreement with any parties at TMSA, they should observe the following guidelines:

1. If the complaint involves a situation with a parent, an immediate supervisor such as dean or the principal should be contacted to get assistance to resolve the issue.

2. If the complaint involves a situation with another employee or if the complaint is with a school-wide policy or procedure, the employee should seek to resolve the issue with his/her assistant principal or principal.

3. If a resolution with the principal is not possible, the employee should address a complaint to the superintendent in writing. The employee shall submit a written grievance within the 30 calendar days of the situation or incident. The superintendent will consider the grievance and respond in writing. This will occur within 30 days of receiving a grievance.

4. If a resolution with the superintendent is not possible, the employee should address a complaint to the Board of Directors in writing. The employee shall submit a written grievance within the 60 calendar days of the situation or incident. The Board of Directors will discuss the grievance in closed session and respond in writing. This will occur within 30 days of receiving a grievance.

5. This Grievance Policy is not designed to supersede or supplant federal law and parent rights under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as amended, 1996.