Model Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to present model policies for use during the policy development process. As you work with particular policies, you may want to tailor their provisions to your own local situation. We have tried to provide legal references where possible so that you can check the controlling statutes as you develop your own policy language. The references and footnotes in the model policies should not be published with the policies when they are adopted by the board. As model policies are revised, we note the revision dates on the links to each policy. Our model policies closely adhere to the policy/procedure distinction, and frequently require that administrative rules or procedures to accompanying specific policies be developed by administrators. In those cases, this is a step that must not be overlooked.

 

Although our model policies have been reviewed for legal compliance, VSBA model policies do not constitute legal advice. As part of the policy review and adoption process, you should consult with your school district legal counsel to resolve any questions on the legal implications of specific policy provisions.

In collaboration with the VSBA, VSBIT's attorneys conduct an annual review of this policy manual to identify any legislative, regulatory or other legal changes which may impact these policies. The "review" date in the list of model policies below indicates the last time VSBA confirmed content, cross-reference, and legal reference.

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In Vermont, one of the most important functions of school boards is the development of policy - a powerful tool for the exercise of educational leadership. In the School District Policy Webinar, you will learn about the process for developing, adopting and monitoring school policy. We'll also visit the VSBA Model Policy Manual and the many new policies that have been added in the past year.

Policy 101 Webinar

Recorded on February 4, 2021

For your information, 

A model policy is listed as “required” when:

  • A state or federal law or regulation states, or a regulatory agency advises, that a school district must have a policy governing its activities in a certain area.

 

A model policy is listed as “recommended” when:

  • It will lend predictability and consistency to board operational practice; or

  • It will enable the board to give direction to administrators in areas where the law may be unclear, or where operational parameters should be established.  These policies should:

    • Indicate the objective that the board wishes to achieve;

    • Assign responsibility for achieving those objectives;

    • Establish accountability systems to determine if the objectives are met

 

A model policy template is provided by VSBA as “policy to consider” when:

  • School board direction in a certain area is expected by the community or is desired by boards or school district administrators.  

New Policies

Policies REMOVED recently

  • D7 (required)  Special Education [10/11/2021]

Policies Recently Changed

  • C70 Use of Restraint and Seclusion [1/25/2022]    *formerly C34

  • C8 Pupil Privacy [01/17/2022]

  • A31  Board Member Education [01/17/2022]

  • A30 Role and Adoption of School Board Policies [10/16/2021]

  • E1   Title 1, Part A: Parent and Family Engagement [9/24/2021]

  • A32 Board Goal-Setting & Evaluation [10/21/21]

  • C26 Tuition Payment [10/27/21]

*VSBA’s model tuition payment policy has been temporarily removed from the model policy manual because the law is in a state of flux. Given the unique situation of each school district, VSBA recommends consulting with legal counsel when developing or amending a tuition payment policy. VSBA will post a new model policy when the law becomes more settled​

Required Policies

A. BOARD OPERATIONS

B. PERSONNEL

 

C. STUDENTS

D. INSTRUCTION

E. SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS

F. NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS

 
Recommended Policies

A. BOARD OPERATIONS

B. PERSONNEL

C. STUDENTS

D. INSTRUCTION

 

E. SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS

F. NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS

Policies to Consider

A. BOARD OPERATIONS

B. PERSONNEL

C. STUDENTS

D. INSTRUCTION

E. SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS

F. NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS

For further information or to request assistance with policies, contact:
Sandra Cameron, VSBA Director of Public Policy at 802-223-3580 ext 112 or scameron@vtvsba.org.