Understanding the Flow of Information at LaSalle II
Who should you reach out to with concerns about your student?
- Your child’s classroom teacher is the first person you should contact, particularly with concerns in the classroom, academic questions, and day-to-day issues.
- Social emotional concerns can be directed to the school counselor, Ms. Sapieka, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She generally collaborates with your child’s teacher as well to get a full picture of what’s happening.
- Special Education concerns can be directed to the case manager, Ms. Feeney, at email@example.com.
- Registration, paperwork, fees, and logistical concerns can be directed to Ms. Landgraf in the main office.
What happens if you feel the issue is still not resolved?
- Dr. Albani, would be your next point of contact. You can contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the Main Office to make an appointment, or making an appointment via her calendar link on the website.
- Dr. Albani will check to ensure that you have already reached out to the first point of contact, i.e. classroom teacher, counselor, case manager, etc.
- If you have not done so, she will ask that you go back and speak to that person first.
What happens if I contact Dr. Albani?
- Dr. Albani will examine and, when necessary, investigate all issues that come across her desk. She will likely speak to your child, your child’s teacher and any other staff members or students involved.
What does an investigation consist of?
- Interviewing students, staff, and other potential stakeholders such as parents to gather information on all sides of the situation is the first step. We need to have a complete picture of the events that occurred, what happened leading up to them, and what part each involved party played.
- Security cameras can sometimes be a useful tool in determining what happened where and to whom.
- If electronics are involved (email, social media) the school may request transcripts, screenshots, or other information that can be used as proof of the events that occurred.
What happens when the investigation is concluded?
- Dr. Albani can change or agree with the original decision.
- Dr. Albani or the involved staff member will contact all parents whose children are involved to let them know of the results of the investigation relative to their child.
- NOTE: we are legally unable to share specific information about other students consequences or even names of other students involved. We do share as much as we are able about what we learned and have done about the situation, as allowed by CPS rules and legal parameters.
- Students and staff are involved in making a plan of action moving forward to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at LS2.
- All events are logged in the CPS student information system with specific action items where needed for parties involved, as well as consequences administered.
- Although we know how frustrating it can be to not be apprised of every step and result, please know that the school, staff, and administration do NOT take lightly any issues or concerns brought to our attention. Even if you are not privy to consequences, they are always present. We suggest speaking with your child about this as well, since it can be even more difficult for children to understand confidentiality.
- Consequences can be anything from warnings and restorative justice conversations to disciplinary action. All potential consequences for infractions are outlined in the CPS Student Code of Conduct (SCC).
- Should a similar issue arise again, consequences become more severe (in line with the SCC). It is our goal that issues are addressed in a timely and efficient manner, with all parties involved having felt heard and understood.
What can you do to help?
- All school directives and rules are made with the intended purpose of students feeling safe and welcome. Events occurring outside of school hours can often be avoided if school parent supervision rules are followed.
- Inform the school earlier rather than later if you become aware of a situation that may present a problem. We are unable to handle issues of which we are not apprised. However, sometimes there may be no action for the school to take beyond logging the incident for potential future actions.
- Be a part of the positivity that LS2 strives to maintain everyday! Participate when and how you are able, and share your feedback when appropriate to school staff.
- Keep up to date with what’s going on at school via the Falcon Flier, parent Google groups, PTO and LSC meetings, visiting the school website regularly, and the soon-to-be-installed bulletin board on the Wolcott playground.