Grievance Policy and Procedures

District Affirmative Action / Civil Rights Compliance Liason:

Mrs. Dana DeGeorge
775 Tanyard Rd,
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08096
Phone: 856-848-8200 x211
[email protected]

Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance

The district’s Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance Officer is Ms. Dana DeGeorge, Assistant Principal. Mrs. DeGeorge is responsible for overseeing the district’s compliance with state and federal laws protecting civil rights, including but not limited to, N.J.A.C. 6A:7, Managing for Equality and Equity in Educational Programs, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (sex/gender equity in the field of education), Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Gateway Regional High School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, social or economic status, language, etc. Gateway Regional High School District does not enter into any contracts or agreements with any person, agency, or organization that discriminates in employment practices or the provision of benefits and services. Gateway Regional High School District is committed to providing equal rights and equitable access to participation in all instructional programs and extracurricular activities without discrimination of any kind.

Below you will find Gateway Regional High School District's Grievance Procedure. In the event that any employee believes that he/she has experienced or witnessed discrimination on the basis of any of the above-listed areas, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer so that you can file a grievance. 

Affirmative Action / Civil Rights Grievance Form

Complaint & Grievance Procedures

Gateway Regional High School District is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students and works diligently to ensure no one is subject to harassment, intimidation, bullying (HIB), and/or discrimination, of any kind, in the school environment. Complaints should be reported immediately to the school. Gateway Regional High School District takes these reports very seriously and all incidents are formally investigated. Reporting options include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following methods.

  1. “Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying” reporting online via StopIt or HIBster on district/school webpage. See: 
  2. Direct notification to a District/School HIB Coordinator or Specialist in-person, via phone, or email. See: 
  3. Direct communication, in writing whenever possible, with any school administrator, educator, counselor, or coordinator.


Any person or group having a legitimate interest in the schools of the district may present a request, suggestion, or complaint concerning district personnel, the educational program, instructional or resource materials, or the operations of the district. General complaints and grievances will be addressed in the following manner.

When a Board member is confronted with an issue, he/she will withhold comment, commitment and/or opinion and refer the complaint or inquiry to the Superintendent, who shall review the complaint according to established procedures. Only in those cases where satisfactory adjustment cannot be made by the Superintendent and the staff shall communications and complaints be referred to the Board for resolution.

Any misunderstandings or disputes between the public and school district staff should, whenever possible, be settled by direct, informal discussions among the interested parties. It is only when such informal meetings fail to resolve differences that more formal procedures shall be employed. A complaint about a school program or personnel should be addressed to the Building Principal; a complaint about instructional or resource materials should be addressed to the Superintendent.

Procedures for the hearing of requests and complaints regarding district personnel, educational programs, instructional and resource materials, and the operation of the school district will be governed by the following guidelines.

  1. Complaints Regarding a Teaching Staff Member Other Than Administrator
    1. First level
      1. The complainant will be directed to address the matter to the staff member.
      2. The staff member will be directed to discuss the matter directly with the complainant and to make every reasonable effort to explain the difficulty and/or take appropriate action in accordance with district regulations and within his/her authority and district regulations.
      3. The staff member will report the matter, and whatever action may have been taken to resolve the matter, to the Principal.
    2. Second level
      1. If the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the first level, the complainant may discuss the matter with the Principal.
      2. The Principal will take all reasonable and prudent steps to resolve the complaint or to explain to the complainant why the matter cannot be resolved as the complainant wishes.
    3. Third level
      1. If the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the second level, the complainant may, within three working days of his/her meeting with the Principal, submit to the Superintendent a written request for a conference. The request shall include:
        1. The specific nature of the complaint and a brief statement of the facts giving rise to it,
        2. The respect in which it is alleged that the complainant or the complainant’s child has been unfairly treated or adversely affected, and
        3. The remedy sought by the complainant.
      2. A copy of the request for conference will be sent to the Board of Education.
      3. Within seven working days of the receipt of the request, the Superintendent shall conduct a conference, at a time convenient to the complainant, and attempt to resolve the matter informally. The time for conference will be extended if the complainant is unable to schedule a convenient meeting.
      4. The Superintendent shall record in writing his/her disposition of the complaint and shall, within ten working days of the conference, provide a copy of the written disposition to the complainant and to the Board.
    4. Fourth level
      1. complaint that is not resolved by conference with the Superintendent or that seeks a remedy beyond the Superintendent’s jurisdiction may be appealed to the Board of Education.
      2. The complainant may, within three working days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s written disposition, submit a written request for a hearing before the Board. The request will include a copy of the Superintendent’s disposition at Level 3.
      3. The Board shall, within forty-five calendar days of the receipt of the request, conduct an informal hearing before a committee of Board members, in which the complainant will present his/her complaint. The Board may, on the petition of the complainant, permit the examination of witnesses. The Board may permit the teaching staff member complained of to testify in his/her own behalf.
      4. The Board shall, within ten calendar days of the hearing, advise the complainant in writing of the Board’s disposition of the complaint.
      5. The complainant will be advised that the Board’s decision may be appealed to the Commissioner of Education.
    5. Reasonable efforts will be made to expedite a complaint that arises at the end of the school year so that the matter can be resolved before the interruption of summer vacations.
  2. Complaints About an Administrative Staff Member
    1. The procedure set forth in A will be followed, and the complainant will be directed to discuss the matter first with the administrator.
    2. complaint about a Principal or a central office administrator will omit the second level of the complaint procedure. Appeal of the first level discussion will be made directly to the Superintendent in accordance with A3.
  3. Complaints About a Support Staff Member
    1. The procedure set forth in A will be followed, and the complainant will be directed to discuss the matter first with the support staff member.
    2. Appeal at the second level of the complaint procedure will be to the support staff member’s supervisor.
    3. complaint about a support staff supervisor will omit the second level of the complaint procedure. Appeal of the first level discussion will be made directly to the Superintendent in accordance with A3.
  4. Complaints About a Program, Practice, or Operation
    1. complaint directed to a matter of district or school policy, procedure, program, or operation, including entitlement programs established by state or federal law, should be addressed, initially, to the administrator or department head most directly concerned with the matter, in accordance with A1.
    2. complaint that cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the first level may be appealed to the Superintendent and, thereafter, the Board in accordance with the procedures set forth in A3 and A4.
  5. Complaints About Instructional and Resource Materials
    1. Complaints about textbooks, library books, reference works, and other instructional materials used in the district will be made in writing and submitted to the Superintendent.
    2. The complainant will complete and sign a complaint form available in the Principal’s office. The form will include:
      1. The title, author, and publisher of the work complained of,
      2. The specific portions or language complained of (by page and item),
      3. The complainant’s familiarity with the work objected to,
      4. The reasons for the objection,
      5. The pupils or class for whom the work is intended, and
      6. The way in which the work is used.
    3. Within seven working days of the receipt of the complaint form, the Superintendent shall appoint a review committee consisting of:
      1. The head of the department in which the work is being used,
      2. A teacher in the subject area of the work,
      3. A library staff member,
      4. A Board member,
      5. A lay person knowledgeable in the area of the work, and
      6. The Principal of a school in which the work is used.
    4. The review committee will meet to evaluate the complaint and review the material objected to.
    5. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Board.
    6. The Board will receive the report of the committee. If the Board acts to remove the work complained of or to limit access to the work, its action will be accompanied by a statement of reasons for the removal or limitation.
    7. A copy of the committee’s report and the Board’s action, if any, will be given to the complainant.
    8. The complainant will be informed that a decision of the Board may be appealed to the Commissioner of Education.


District Affirmative Action Policies:

Gateway Regional Board Policy and Regulations
P 1140 Affirmative Action
P 3362 Sexual Harassment [Teaching Staff]
P 4362 Sexual Harassment [Support Staff]

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