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The Chain of Command

Nobody begins fighting for his or her rights by going to the Supreme Court of Canada.  There is a chain of command in the school, at the School Board, in the government, and in the courts.  Parents and students should understand this chain of command.

Most of the time, it is a bad idea to write or call a superior official (a Superintendent of Education, or the Ministry of Education, for example) before you have done everything you can to work with the person directly responsible for your child’s education (the classroom teacher or the Principal of your child’s school, for example).

If you have done everything you can to work with the people most directly responsible for your child’s education, and your child’s needs are still not being met, it is a good time to go up the ladder, and to write or call, the next highest responsible person.

If you have tried to work with school personnel and are still dissatisfied, record in writing any problems that could not be resolved by working with the school personnel, and the efforts that you have taken to resolve the problem.  This information may be sent in a letter to the Superintendent of Education responsible for the schools in your area, or to the Superintendent responsible for special education or school discipline issues.  If the School Board cannot resolve the problem, you can contact the Ministry of Education.

It may be a good idea to talk to someone that works for an organization in your community, or your support person, before contacting the School Board or the Ministry of Education.  They can help you to figure out what you need to say, help you to write a letter, or help to you to develop another strategy.

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