Talking With the Teacher

Children and youth have the right to receive the highest standard of education possible to reach their full potential, and to be safe and protected from all forms of harm while in the care of any person. They also have the right to participate and voice their opinions about matters that affect them.

Students, parents or members of the public who have questions or concerns about a teacher’s professional conduct or competence are encouraged to talk with the individual first unless it is a matter of harassment, abuse or constitutes a criminal offence. In these cases, there is a statutory duty to report the issue to the proper authorities.

Talking with the teacher has proven to be the most effective and timely way to resolve these situations. Parents are also encouraged to engage early and often with their child’s teacher to develop an ongoing relationship that can facilitate the early resolution of any questions or concerns as they arise. If after talking with the teacher the issue remains unresolved, the next step is to elevate the questions or concerns to the principal and/or the employing school board or conseil scolaire.