What do I do if I don’t get a response to my first letter?
When you have written a letter making a request, you should get a response from the school system, either by telephone or in writing, within a reasonable period of time. In some cases, “reasonable” is defined (for example, local policy may say the school must answer you within 15 working days). In other cases, the timelines are not exact. So, be reasonable in your expectations. But if you feel too much time has passed (10 working days or so) without receiving a response to your letter, then call and ask if your letter has been received. If you are sure the school has received your letter (some parents send their letters by certified or registered mail), then ask when you can expect an answer. More than likely, when you call you will talk to a secretary or administrative assistant. Leave a message for the person you wrote to; ask that person to call you back.
If your request still goes unanswered, then you may want to write again. It’s useful to enclose a copy of your original request with this letter. Be sure not to send your only copy. Remember, you always need to have a copy for your records.
Sample Letter 12: Writing a follow-up letter
Today’s Date (include month, day, and year)
City, State, Zip Code
Daytime telephone number
Name of Person To WhomYou Originally Wrote
City, State, Zip Code
I wrote to you on (date) and also called to make sure you had received my letter. I left a message for you to call me back on (date), but since I have not heard from you, I thought it best to write again.
I am writing to request …
Enclosed is a copy of my first letter to you.
I would like to hear from you by (give a date, 3-5 working days). Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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