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Sample Complaint Letters to a Principal From a Parent

In her pre-mommy life, Rachel Carpenter was a social worker. She enjoys sharing her own advice by writing about parenting.

Complaint letters may be necessary to help resolve issues at your child's school.

Complaint letters may be necessary to help resolve issues at your child's school.

How to Write an Effective Letter or Email to the Principal

As a parent, you are the primary advocate for your child. You are the voice for your child when they are in danger or needing assistance. If there is a serious matter at your school that needs to be addressed, a complaint letter (on paper on via email) might help.

Why should you write a letter to the principal?

A complaint letter is the first step in addressing a major issue with the school principal. It gives them some time to think about the complaint before responding to you. It also demonstrates that you are very serious about this problem and want it to be resolved

Complaint letters should only be sent in extreme circumstances. Keep in mind that a principal has a very tough job, their time is valuable, and you do not want to get the reputation as a "helicopter parent" for minor issues.

These sample complaint letters might help you write your own letter. They should be typed (if possible) and written in business letter format.

Sample Complaint Letter About Sexual Harassment at School

Dear Mrs. Jimenez,

As a principal, I realize you have a tough and demanding job. I know that you are passionate about helping the students succeed at Oakridge High School. It is important that you know about a serious matter that is happening within your school.

My daughter and two of her classmates are being sexually harassed during P.E. It is happening in the 6th period class taught by Coach Underwood. One male student has been making explicit and inappropriate comments to my daughter and other girls in the class. This behavior has been happening for four days.

My daughter and I have both spoken with Coach Underwood about this matter. However, it has still continued. My letter to you is my next step in seeing that this student's behavior stops.

I would like to speak with you about this as soon as possible. Please contact me at (543)342-4325. You can also reach me at work at (543)342-5476.


Jennifer Comiskey

Here's a sample complaint letter for when your child's recess privileges were revoked for some reason.

Here's a sample complaint letter for when your child's recess privileges were revoked for some reason.

Sample Complaint Letter About Removal of Recess Privileges

Dear Dr. Ingham,

Thank you for your service to Estacado Elementary. I realize that you have a challenging job as an administrator. I think you are doing a great job, and I commend you for your leadership of the school.

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Also, I am very upset about a situation in my son's first grade class. His teacher, Mrs. Veazey, has repeatedly removed his recess privileges. For at least six times in the past month, he has had to "sit out" from recess to finish his classroom work.

While I do understand that he needs to be more efficient, I feel that his recess privileges should not be revoked. As you may know, recess allows student to get exercise, build friendships, and take a break from classwork. I feel that missing this time hinders his performance. He needs the time to let out his energy, play, and socialize.

I have spoken with Mrs. Veazey about this on two occasions, on March 18th and March 25th. On both times, she has said that removing recess is necessary so that he can finish his work. I do not agree with this.

I would like to speak with you regarding this matter. Perhaps we can find a different solution that does not require removing his recess privileges. I will call you sometime this week about this. Feel free to call me sooner at (342)333-1923.

Thank you for your time and attention to this issue.


Valerie Omama

How to Write an Effective Letter to the Principal

  • Start with something nice.
  • Be sure to include the full names of everyone involved, if you can.
  • State what period the incident happened, if it's important.
  • Include all the facts you know: the names, dates, and other details of what happened and when.
  • Explain the impact of the problem and how it is affecting your child.
  • Choose your language carefully. Violent, angry, or insulting language can get in the way of being heard.
  • Explain what solution you'd like to see for this issue.
  • Explain what you will do if you can't get a solution.
  • Make sure you send it to the right people and addresses. Double-check your addresses.
  • If your child's principal does not respond within a reasonable time, call to set up a meeting.
  • If nothing is done about the issue, or if you are not pleased with the result, then contact the superintendent.

These are just two sample complaint letters to principals from a parent. For additional advice, please read, Sample Complaint Letters to Principal about Lice and Sample Complaint Letters to Principal about Cyberbullying.

If you are still stumped, ask a trusted friend for advice. You might also ask for assistance on a mom's forum. On some message boards (such as, you can post a sample letter and receive lots of feedback and advice.

Never ignore your instinct to respond to serious issues at your child's school. Problems such as bullying, poor teacher behavior, and poor environment should be taken seriously.

Good luck!


baidhyanath pandit on August 17, 2020:

give idea i have faced problems in online classes.

Shivanand on November 28, 2019:

I want to know a complaint lette to the principal about out Sider come to school gate and beat some school student

Asma on November 05, 2019:

On of the class mate of my daughter bitten her on daily bases n one day he slap on her face as well. She is very upset due to whole situation. Pls let me know how to write a letter to school principle.

Shiyam High on October 10, 2019:

My son is under constant bullying by another student ,and the particular student twisting the stories,and the school is punishing my son .my son is very reluctant to go to school ,we have complained several times but no joy,can someone help

SAM on August 30, 2019:

Thank you for sharing such valuable information

Chandrasekharkspillai on July 22, 2019:

my son studying in 6th standard has been hitted with the heavy school bag by a class mate. Due to the hit he is suffering from severe head ache for the whole night. how to write a complaint letter to the school principal regarding these type of goondaism in small classes

Dv on August 21, 2018:

It was really helpful thank you

joe on August 08, 2018:

how to draft a letter to school owner ,regarding the manortory of class on every Saturday, due to which students are gets mentally disturbance.

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