• School Communication

    At Scandia, we value good communication.  When a concern arises, it is always best to follow an appropriate chain of command. Many times, an email will gain the answer you need!  Be careful, however, about how your write an email!  Emails can also be easily misinterpreted!  Capital letters in an email is "shouting" online.  In a school, the appropriate chain would be as follows:

    Classroom Teacher or Staff Member
    Speak first with the classroom teacher or staff member with whom you have a concern.  It is often best to ask for an appointment so you can have their undivided attention.  If you try to talk with a teacher just before, during, or immediately after school, their attention is focused on the students.  With that said, most appointments will need to be scheduled before or after school.  Teachers will not have any open time during the school day.

    When preparing to meet with the teacher or other staff member with whom you have a concern, it is always best to go in and ask them to share what happened.  This way, you can put information from your child together with information from the teacher to obtain a full picture.  Remember that children and adults often see the same incident differently!  

    School Principal
    If your concern with the teacher or other staff member was not resolved in your meeting with them, please feel free to meet with the school principal.  Once again, it is generally best to call for an appointment.  While the site principal may sometimes be available when you come in, it is generally better to ask for an appointment. When you set an appointment, it is extremely helpful and more efficient to let the principal know in advance your cause for concern.  This gives the principal time to investigate and find out as much as possible prior to meeting with you.  Advance knowledge of a concern will help your meeting go smoother and enable everyone to find a solution.  

    Assistant Superintendent
    If for some reason, we have still not resolved a problem, your next step is Jim Bryan, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services.  Mr. Bryan can be reached at 707-437-8204.

    Superintendent
    Most concerns are most easily resolved at the site level with the teacher and the principal.  If your concern has still not been addressed, your next step is our district superintendent, Kate Wren Gavlak. 

    Williams Act Notice & Complaint Form
    Education Code 35186 creates a procedure for the filing of complaints concerning deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, teacher vacancy or misassignment, or the lack of opportunity to receive intensive instruction and services to pupils who did not pass one or both parts of the high school exit examination by the end of grade 12. The complaint and response are public documents as provided by law. Complaints may be filed anonymously. However, if you wish to receive a response to your complaint, you must complete the contact information in the Complaint Form.