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(6.15) Can a school district try to mediate (or otherwise informally resolve) a complaint before beginning a formal investigation?

(6.15) Can a school district try to mediate (or otherwise informally resolve) a complaint before beginning a formal investigation?

Yes. School districts may develop a mediation or other “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) procedure in order to resolve complaints informally before conducting an official investigation. This mediation or other informal process cannot extend the 60-day timeline for resolving complaints unless you agree in writing to the extension. However, mediation or ADR cannot be a mandatory part of the process. You may waive this step. [5 C.C.R. Secs. 4631(f)-(g).]