• Patterson Joint Unified School District believes that the quality of an education program can improve when the district listens to concerns, considers differences of opinion, and resolves disagreements and complaints through an established, objective process.

    This page contains information about how to file a formal complaint at the District level. It does not address the process for resolving problems at the school site level. In general, if you have a concern about a particular school site, it is almost always best to raise that concern with the principal or assistant principal. (If you don’t know how to reach the appropriate person at the school site level, please contact Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Coordinator, Joseph Silveira, at  [email protected] and he can help direct you to the right person. If you are not satisfied with the response at the site level, you may file a formal complaint.

    The two main categories of complaints that are filed at the District level are either “Uniform Complaints” or “Williams” complaints.

    • A “Williams” complaint is a very specific kind of complaint and it concerns the sufficiency of instructional materials; emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils; and teacher vacancy or misassignment.
    • Almost all other complaints are “Uniform Complaints,” which include discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), complaints about a District employee or District policy or practice, etc. In most cases, you need to try to resolve the problem at the school site level before bringing a formal complaint at the District level. In some cases, the law allows you to file a complaint directly at the District level. If you have questions about this process, please contact District Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator Joseph Silveira, at [email protected].

    To access the form you need to file a complaint, click on one of the links below. If you need help filling out the form, please ask an administrator at your school site, or contact the District Joseph Silveira, at [email protected]. or (209)895-7700.


    Williams Complaint Form [English] [Spanish]

    Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP)

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