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CARES Act Private School Complaint Procedures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18005 states that, “A local educational agency receiving funds under sections 18002 or 18003 of this title shall provide equitable services in the same manner as provided under section 1117 of the ESEA of 1965 to students and teachers in non-public schools, as determined in consultation with representatives of non-public schools.” ESEA Section 1117 (20 USC 6320) establishes a compliant process for private school officials concerning violations of section 1117.

To file a complaint, the private school must complete form PI-9580-CARES and provide supporting documentation of the alleged violation of 20 USC 6320(b)(6)(A) or 20 USC 7881(c)(6)(A). (Note: For best results, download the PDF form and open it in Acrobat Reader rather than filling it out in the internet browser. Not all PDF features will work as intended when opened in a browser.)

Submit the completed form and supporting documentation to

Withdrawal of a Complaint

A complainant may withdraw the complaint prior to the issuance of a decision by the DPI. The withdrawal must be in writing, addressed to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and signed.

Procedures for the DPI

The DPI is responsible for investigating complaints and issuing a written decision within 45 days of receipt of the complaint. When a complaint is received, the DPI will send an acknowledgement letter to the complainant and the LEA administrator. The letter will state the date the DPI received the complaint, who filed the complaint, and the issues to be decided. The complainant and the LEA will have an opportunity to submit additional written documentation for the DPI to consider.

Following receipt of the written documentation, the DPI will review the records and issue a final decision and order. DPI will send the written decision to the complainant and the LEA administrator within 45 days of the receipt of the complaint.

The DPI will dismiss the complaint for any reasons described in PI 1.03(3).