WHY HAVE WRITTEN POLICIES?
A school board policy manual that is comprehensive, up-to-date, and legally correct:
- Assures your policies are valid under Connecticut law.
- Ensures the district's compliance with legislative requirements and State Department regulations.
- Establishes a legal record, since policies carry the force of the law for a school system.
- Ensures that both explicit and implied policies do not get "lost" in the minutes, files or various handbooks.
- Improves the efficiency of the board and administration by establishing clear guidelines for decision-making.
- Clarifies board, superintendent and staff relationships.
- Fosters stability and continuity as board and staff members change.
- Promotes positive community relations by informing the public of the board's goals and procedures.
- Provides for fair, reasonable and consistent treatment of issues.
- Helps the board in assessing the system's educational services.
- Helps staff members to assess their individual roles within the framework of the system.
- Improves the orientation process for new board members.
- Provides an effective method for evaluating superintendent performance.
KEY QUESTIONS ON POLICY - Answers common questions such as:
- Why do we need policy?
- What is policy?
- Where do policies come from?
- Who can suggest policies?
- How to make policy better?
- What is the legal authority for policy?
- How is policy related to rules and regulations?
- Who implements policy?
- Who evaluates the effectiveness of policy?
- What power do policies have?
- When is a policy needed?
- Who approves policy?
- Who should write policy?
- Where should the policies be located?
- What is an Administrative Regulation?
- Administrative Regulation definition.
- Why is an Administrative Regulation important?