Good business practice and, in many instances, the law itself require the board to adopt written policies governing the operations of the schools and to make these policies easily accessible to school employees, parents and the general public.

Because policymaking is central to the board’s governance and oversight responsibilities, it is imperative that adopted policy be clearly written, up-to-date and legally viable.

The board and staff have specific roles in policy development, adoption, implementation, review and evaluation.

  • Policy development is a cooperative effort involving the board, the staff and the community.
  • Policy adoption is the responsibility of the board.
  • Policy implementation is the responsibility of the superintendent and staff.
  • Policy review and evaluation is the responsibility of the board based on information received from the staff, community, changes in the law and other resources.

The policymaking process should result in policy that (1) reflects the board’s intent and articulates a definite course of action, (2) delegates key responsibilities and (3) declares desired outcomes. Written board policy fosters stability and continuity, establishes a legal record—and a legal basis—for many board actions, forms the core of the district’s written communication system and provides a framework for the superintendent and staff to confidently assign duties and execute those assignments.