Creating & Revising Policies

  • When and how do we create a new policy or revise an existing one?

    Proposals for new policies (or revisions to current ones) may be submitted by any person...including citizens, division employees, and School Board members. Proposals should be submitted to the superintendent for referral to the Board as may be appropriate.

    Policy recommendations will appear twice before the School Board -- once for information and discussion, and then a second time for a vote.

    As long as SCPS administration operates within the guidelines of policies adopted by the Board, regulations may be issued by the superintendent without seeking Board approval. Exceptions are made in cases where Board action is required by law and/or its implementation may adversely affect the school division and the community.

    The formal adoption of policies shall be recorded in the minutes of a School Board meeting. Only those statements adopted and recorded in the minutes will be regarded as official policy of the Board. Policies will be effective immediately upon adoption unless a specific effective date is included as a part of the motion to adopt.