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District Policies

By Nathan Humphrey

SECTION A – FOUNDATIONS AND BASIC COMMITMENTS

Section A contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on 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. Included in this section are policies on nondiscrimination, educational philosophy, and accountability.


SECTION B – SCHOOL BOARD GOVERNANCE AND OPERATIONS

Section B contains policies, regulations, and exhibits about the school board — how it is elected; how it is organized; how it conducts meetings; and how it operates. This section includes policies establishing the board’s internal operating procedures as well as policies on board communications and policy adoption.


SECTION C – GENERAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Section C contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on school management, administrative organization, and school building and department administration. It includes the administrative aspects of special programs and system wide reforms such as school or site-based management. It also contains personnel policies regarding the superintendent, senior administrators (management team), and school principals.


SECTION D – FISCAL MANAGEMENT

Section D contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on school finances and the management of funds. It includes policies on budget, banking, accounting, purchasing, and payroll. Policies on the financing of school construction and renovation, however, are filed in Section F – Facilities Development.


SECTION E – SUPPORT SERVICES

Section E contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on non-instructional services and programs, particularly those on business management, safety, building and grounds management, office services, transportation, and food services. Also included are policies on busing, fire drills, vandalism, data management, and insurance programs.


SECTION F – FACILITIES PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Section F contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on facility planning, financing, construction, and renovation. It also includes the topics of temporary facilities, school closings, bond campaigns, and naming facilities.


SECTION G – PERSONNEL

Section G contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on all school employees except the superintendent (found in Section C – General Administration). The category is divided into three main divisions: GB contains 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 staff.


SECTION H- NEGOTIATIONS

Section H contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on the process of negotiating with bargaining units recognized by the school board and authorized under state law.


SECTION I – INSTRUCTION

Section I contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on the instructional program. This section covers basic curricular subjects, special programs, instructional resources, and academic achievement. It includes policies about the school year, school day, grading, graduation requirements, home schooling, school library and media center, textbook selection and adoption, field trips, teaching methods, and school ceremonies.


SECTION J – STUDENTS

Section J contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on students — admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline, suspension and expulsion, health and welfare, records, publications, and school-related activities.


SECTION K – SCHOOL-COMMUNITY-HOME RELATIONS

Section K contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on parent and community involvement in schools. Except for policies concerning education agencies, statements on public sector relations with school districts also are located in this section. Policies found in this section include parents’ rights, public information and complaints, community use of school facilities, advertising in the schools, and public information and communications.


SECTION L – EDUCATION AGENCY RELATIONS

Section L contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on the school district’s relationship with other education agencies including other school systems, regional or service districts, private schools, colleges and universities, education research organizations, and state and national education agencies. This section also contains policies on student teaching, charter schools, and BOCES.

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