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Locust Valley CSD Communication Protocol

September 2020

The District has established communication protocols to respond effectively to questions and suggestions from parents and residents. The procedures start with the person closest to the situation, as it is that person that will have the most information. Because situations sometimes require that additional staff become involved in the conversations, we have tried to categorize here the major areas of interest, with a list for each area of those responsible. If you have questions pertaining to the school district or your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage any and all questions from parents and residents concerning school matters.

●       Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child

●       Other Transportation Concerns

●       Curriculum Questions

●       Budget Concerns/Questions

●       Health and Safety Concerns

●       Athletic Concerns

●       Medical Concerns, K-12

●       Other After School Activities (Clubs, etc…)

●       Special Ed. Concerns/Special Needs, Pre-K-12

●       Champions

●       ENL Concerns ●       E School

●       Transportation Concerns

●       Guidance

●       Building Use and Facilities

●       Board of Education

●       Discipline

●       Administration
●       Parent Councils  

Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child
(Classroom procedures, classroom behavior, grades, etc.)
For Grades K-5:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Admnistrator; if not resolved
Step 3 - Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 3- Subject area department head; if not resolved…
Step 4- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 5- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 6- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 7- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Curriculum Questions
(Subject matter being taught, textbooks and materials used, etc.)
For Grades K-5:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 3- Department Head, if not resolved…
Step 4- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Subject area department head; if not resolved…
Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 5- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 6- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Health and Safety Concerns
Step 1- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Toni Meliambro, Assistant Superintendent; if not resolved;
Step 3- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Medical Concerns
For Grades K-5:
Step 1- School Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Jane Reilly, Lead Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 4- Mr. Michael Saidens, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- School Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Jane Reilly, Lead Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 5- Mr. Michael Saidens, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, if not resolved…
Step 6- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Special Ed. Concerns/Special Needs
For Grades PK-5
Step 1- Special Education Teacher/School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 3- Mr. Michael Saidens, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12
Step 1- Special Education Teacher/School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4 - Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 6- Mr. Michael Saidens, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, if not resolved…
Step 7- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

ENL Concerns
Step 1- ENL Teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 3- Ms. Amy Watson, Coordinator of ENL/World Languages, if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 4 - Mr. Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, if not resolved...
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Transportation Concerns
(Pick up, route problems, etc.)
Step 1- Ms. Kathleen Russo, Transportation Director; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator, if not resolved;
Step 4- Ms. Toni Meliambro, Assistant Superintendent; if not resolved;
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Other Transportation Concerns
(Behavior on school bus, etc.)
Step 1- Ms. Kathleen Russo, Transportation Director; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 3- Ms. Toni Meliambro, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Building Use and/or Facilities Concerns
Step 1 – Refer to district calendar dates for building use and facilities use informational sessions
Step 2 – Mr. Erik Nakutavicius, Director of Facilities, if not resolved;
Step 3- Ms. Toni Meliambro, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Budget Concerns/Questions
Step 1- Ms. Toni Meliambro, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;
Step 2- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Athletic Concerns
Step 1- Coach; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Danielle Turner, Athletic Director; if not resolved…
Step 3- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Other After School Activities (Clubs, etc…)
For Grades K-5
Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 3- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12
Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…
Step 2- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 4- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Champions
Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…
Step 2- Dorothy McManus, Coordinator, KinderCare; if not resolved…
Step 3- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

E School (Parent Portal)
For Grades K-5
Step 2- Sagar Vass Data Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 3- Ken Packert, Director of Technology,
Step 1- Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 4 - Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 5 - Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12
Step 1- Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 3 - Sagar Vass Data Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 4- Ken Packert, Director of Technology, if not resolved…
Step 2 – Building Administrator; if not resolved…
Step 4- Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Guidance
Step 1- Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Michelle Villa K-5 and 9-12, Mr. Hogan 6-8; if not resolved…
Step 3-Mr. Anthony Davidson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Discipline
(Classroom procedures, classroom behavior, grades, etc.)
For Grades K-5:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Administrator; if not resolved
Step 3- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education
The Board of Education’s role is to oversee the district’s affairs, including personnel and properties. The Board employs a superintendent and submits a proposed budget to the district voters for their approval. It does not oversee specific employees, beyond the Superintendent or get involved in the day-to-day operations of the school district. However, the Board does vote to adopt curriculum and policies presented by the Superintendent and sets goals for the District that the Superintendent carries out. Issues regarding the school district should be addressed following the communications protocol before being brought to the Board of Education.

Administrators
District administrators are responsible for providing instructional and financial leadership, ensuring that students and staff are safe and that the schools focus on academic progress while also ensuring that social emotional needs are met. Building administrators oversee all of the staff in their buildings. Central office administrators supervise the building administrators. Issues related to the schools should be handled at the building level prior to contacting a central office administrator.

Parent Councils
Each of the district schools has a Parent Council, consisting of officers elected by the council’s members. These volunteer organizations provide support for the schools in a variety of ways. While the Parent Councils work cooperatively with the school administrators, the school district does not oversee these groups and has no authority over the members, the officers or the activities in which they engage. Members are expected to act within the confines of the Code of Conduct while on campus. The Parent Councils are vital to the success of our schools as they provide support that makes a difference for all of our students.


Still not resolved? If a matter remains unresolved after the above steps have been followed, an appeal can be sought at the level of the Board of Education. The primary responsibility of the Board is to set board policy for the school district. The Superintendent and staff are legally empowered to administer the school district and to put into operation the policies and decisions of the Board of Education.