Working together: concerns, complaints and appeals
Addressing your concerns and complaints
We know that the success of your student is dependent on a strong partnership between families and the CBE. The CBE also recognizes that parents and students occasionally disagree with our decisions. We are committed to hearing and responding to your concerns in a respectful, courteous and timely manner.
All concerns and complaints are treated confidentially.
Working with the school
Most concerns can be addressed at the classroom level. Your first step is to speak to your child’s teacher. Arrange to speak privately. In most cases, parents and teachers are able to work together to find a solution.
After meeting with the teacher, if you feel your issue is still unresolved, please contact your principal. They will work with you and the teacher to address your concern.
Advancing your concern beyond the school level
If you and the school are unable to find a resolution, the next step is to raise your concern with your education director by submitting a completed
Concerns and Complaints Form. Your school will provide you with the name of your education director or you can find the information on our
Area Offices page.
The area office will listen to your concerns and work with you and the school staff to find a resolution. The education director is responsible for making a decision about your concern and they will communicate this to you in writing.
If your concern is not resolved, you can advance it to the
Office of the Chief Superintendent.
The Office of the Chief Superintendent will direct your concern to the appropriate superintendent. He or she will learn about your situation and review decisions made to date. As part of this process, the superintendent may meet with you and/or CBE staff in an effort to resolve the matter. The superintendent will notify you in writing of his or her decision after considering all the information.
This will serve as the final step in the concerns and complaints process.
We have an
Administrative Regulation that helps guide us through this process.
Non-school-based concerns and complaints
If your concern is not directly related to your classroom or school, this process still applies.
Concerns and Complaints Form, please direct your concern in writing to the
appropriate CBE manager or director. Your principal can tell you the appropriate contact person, or you may call the CBE public information line at 403-817-7955.
Beyond the concerns and complaints process
Administrative Regulation 5008: Appeals to determine if your concern is eligible for appeal. Under Section 123 of the School Act, the issue must significantly affect the education of your student to qualify for an appeal. For more information, see
Working Together: appeals under Section 123 of the School Act.