The Committee values open communication, however, the primary line of communication with staff will be through the Superintendent.

Staff Communications to the Committee

All communications or reports to the Committee or any of its subcommittees from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members will be submitted through the Superintendent. This procedure does not deny the right of any employee to appeal to the Committee for administrative decisions on important matters, except those matters that are outside of the Committee’s legal authority, provided the Superintendent has been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed in accordance with the Committee’s policy on complaints and grievances. Staff members are also reminded that Committee meetings are public meetings. As such, they provide an excellent opportunity to observe first-hand the Committee’s deliberations on problems of staff concern.

School Committee Communications to Staff

All official communications, policies, and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the Superintendent. The Superintendent will develop appropriate methods to keep staff fully informed of the Committee’s concerns and actions.

Visits to Schools

Individual Committee members interested in visiting schools or classrooms will inform and make arrangements for visits through the Superintendent. Such visits will be regarded as informal expressions of interest in school affairs and not as official inspections or visits for supervisory or administrative purposes. Official visits by Committee members will be carried on only under Committee authorization and with the knowledge and permission of the Superintendent. This does not preclude School Committee members attending school events.


ADOPTED: November 4, 2019