Uniform Complaint Procedure & Williams Complaint Procedure

The San Carlos School District Board of Trustees recognizes that the district has primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that govern educational program. As such, the District is committed to investigating complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging discrimination and shall seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the district’s uniform complaint procedures.

Both Federal and State law establish a procedure, called a Uniform Complaint, involving a written statement that alleges discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying against students or staff.  It also is the way to report a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, including inappropriate pupil fees.

A “Williams Complaint” is a type of Uniform Complaint.  The Williams Complaint procedure requires a school district to use its uniform complaint process to help identify and resolve any deficiencies related to:   

  • Instructional materials
  • Teacher vacancy or misassignment
  • Emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of students and staff   

Williams Complaints may be filed anonymously.  However, if you wish a response to the complaint, a name and contact information must be included in the complaint.  

Uniform complaint procedures will also be followed when addressing Williams Complaints regarding deficiencies related to instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of students or staff, and/or teacher vacancy or misassignment.

The San Carlos School District uses a single form for both Uniform Complaints and Williams Complaints.  If you wish to lodge an official complaint, please click on the link below to download the form and submit it to your local school principal or to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Mary Jude Doerpinghaus, 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9, San Carlos, CA 94070.

Complaint Procedure Links

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Additional information may be found on the following website: 

Non-Discrimination

The District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact:

  • The school site principal and/or Mary Jude Doerpinghaus, District Complaint Officer at (650) 590-5926 or mdoerpinghaus@scsdk8.org
  • For discrimination related to gender, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Mindy Hill, at 650-597-1035 or via email at  mhill@scsdk8.org