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District Ombudsman  

Mission Statement


“The mission of the District Ombudsman is to ensure the process is followed and that all members of the Seattle Public Schools  community receive fair and equitable treatment in matters of concern or complaint.”

What is the District Ombudsman?


The District Ombudsman serves as an independent, confidential resource to assist SPS parents and community members in resolving problems, complaints, conflicts, and other school-related issues when normal procedures have failed.

What will the District Ombudsman do?

  • ombudsman photoAssist in solving problems.
  • Serve as a resource to complainants by providing an alternative to the formal complaint process.
  • Assist complainants in clarifying the process regarding their issues and generating options for resolution.
  • Serve as a resource to school and Central administrators by providing the tools for effective problem resolution.
  • Make recommendations to Superintendent.
  • Hear anonymous requests for information and provide referrals.
    Conduct informal interventions and mediations.

What will the district Ombudsman NOT do?


  • Address employee grievances
  • Participate in litigation.
  • Make, set or change policy.
  • Compel any decision  or the implementation of recommendations made as a result of an informal investigation.
  • Breach confidentiality.
  • Act as an advocate.

What types of issues will the District Ombudsman handle?

  • Unfair treatment regarding the process.
  • Clarification of District policies, procedures and the complaint process.

ASK THE OMBUDSMAN:

Ron McGlone photoWhat would you do Mr. O?






        

Contact Us

Ronald I. McGlone
District Ombudsman

2445 3rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98124

phone: (206) 252-0529
fax: (206) 743-3000
ombudsman
@seattleschools.org


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