Policy Manual

The Policies are divided into nine sections:

Note: Policies in Progress are after the last section of the manual below.

Section A: Foundations and Basic Commitments – pertains to the district’s legal role in providing public education and the basic principles underlying school board governance. These policies provide a setting for all of the school board’s other policies and regulations.

Section B: School Board Governance and Operations – pertains to the school board – how it is appointed or elected; how it is organized; how it conducts meetings, and how the board operates. This section includes bylaws and policies establishing the board’s internal operating procedures.

Section C: General School Administration – pertains to school management, administrative organization, and school building and department administration – including the administrative aspect of special programs and systemwide reforms such as school or site-based management. It also houses personnel policies on the superintendent, senior administrators (management team), and school principals. All phases of policy implementation – procedures or regulations – are properly located in this section.

Section D: Fiscal Management – pertains to school finances and the management of funds.

Section E: Support Services – pertains to non-instructional services and programs, particularly those on business management such as safety, building and grounds management, office services, transportation and food services.

Section G: Personnel – pertains to all school employees except for the superintendent (policies on the school chief are located in Section C, General Administration). This section is divided into three main divisions: GB has policies applying to all school employees or to general personnel matters; GC refers to instructional and administrative staff; and GD refers to support or classified.

Section I: Instruction – pertains to the instructional program: basic curricular subjects, special programs, instructional resources and academic achievement.

Section J: Students – pertains to students – admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline, health and welfare, and school-related activities.

Section K: School, Community, and Home Relations – pertains to parent and community involvement in schools. Except for policies concerning education agencies, statements on public sector relations with the school district are also located in this section.

Policies in Progress – policies that are in the process of being drafted and/or updated.