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Non Public Complaint Procedures

ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires School Districts to adopt written procedures for receiving and resolving any complaint alleging violations of the law in administration of programs. In accordance with this legislative requirement, the Colonial School District has adopted the following procedures for resolution of complaints about the implementation of Federal programs for nonpublic schools and their students.

The Colonial School District works in concert with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit to
provide services to nonpublic schools for the delivery of Title I, Title II, and Title IV services for
Federal programs. We monitor these services and work with nonpublic schools through a meaningful
consultation process to ensure that the needs of nonpublic school students are served effectively
through the programs offered by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, and equitable services
are provided for parents/guardians and families of the nonpublic school students.

If a nonpublic school or parent/guardian has concerns about the services being offered, they should
contact the Coordinator of Federal Programs for the Colonial School District in writing to work to
resolve this concern. The “complaint” should be a written, signed statement which must include the following information:

  • A statement that the school district has violated a requirement of Federal statute or regulations which apply to programs under the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA.
  • The facts on which the statement is based. Information on any discussions, meetings, or correspondence with the school, intermediate unit, or school district regarding the complaint.

The Coordinator of Federal Programs will review the complaint and respond within 30 days regarding the complaint.

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through the Coordinator of Federal Programs, then it should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent and then to the Superintendent and subsequently to the Board, when appropriate.

If the concern is not satisfactorily addressed at the District level, the complainant should file a formal
complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) through the Division of Federal
Programs. The complaint should be submitted as a written, signed statement filed by an individual or
an organization and must include:

  • A statement that PDE or the School District has violated a requirement of Federal statute or regulations which apply to programs under the ESEA, as amended by ESSA.
  • The facts on which the statement is based.
  • Information on any discussions, meetings, or correspondence with PDE or the School District regarding the complaint.