How To Effectively Communicate With School Officials

Parents are often discouraged when they attempt to communicate with central office administrators and school board members and are sent back to building-based officials in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school. To prevent that frustration, parents can become informed about the “chain of command,” or where to begin the communication sequence regarding their problem or concern.

Many parent and community questions are easily and completely answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Each situation should first be addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken, with appeals moving on to the next level in the chain of command. The easiest way to communicate is via email (staff email addresses can be found on the district website, www.hpsk12.net) and a phone call is the next preferable way.

Here at Holt Public Schools, we ask that you address any issues in the order listed below:

On Matters Involving Instruction/Curriculum:

  1. Classroom teacher
  2. Principal
  3. Curriculum director
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board of Education

On Matters Involving Student Discipline:

  1. Classroom teacher
  2. Assistant principal
  3. Principal
  4. Curriculum director
  5. Superintendent
  6. Board of Education

On Matters Involving Transportation:

  1. Bus driver
  2. Transportation supervisor
  3. Director of business services/finance
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board of Education

On Matters Involving Athletics:

  1. Coach
  2. Athletic director
  3. Principal
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board of Education

On Matters Involving Food Service:

  1. Food Service Department secretary
  2. Food Service director
  3. Director of business services/finance
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board of Education

On Matters Involving Facilities/ Grounds/Buildings:

  1. Principal
  2. Facilities manager
  3. Director of human resources
  4. Superintendent
  5. Board of Education