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 The references and footnotes in the model policies should not be published with the policies when they are adopted by the board.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

New Policies

  • C13 - Homeless Students [10/16/20]

  • C12 - Prevention of Sexual Harassment As Prohibited by Title IX [9/1/20]

  • A25 - Delegation of Authority During State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic [8/5/20]

  • D22 - Modes of Instruction During State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic [8/5/20]

  • C29 - District Equity Policy [7/21/20]

  • B8    - Electronic Communication between Employees & Students  [6/25/20]

Policies REMOVED recently

  • D30 - Field Trips [July, 2020]

  • E31 - Parental Involvement [July, 2020]

  • F31 - Emergency Closings [July, 2020]

Policies Recently Changed

  • E20 - Community Use of School Facilities [12/21/2020]

  • C4 - English Learners ( Was - Limited English Proficiency Students) [12/9/20]

  • C5 - Firearms [12/9/20]

  • B5 - Employee Unlawful Harassment [10/20/20]

  • F22 - Electronic Communications Use & Retention [9/17/20]

  • A22 - Notice of Non-Discrimination [8/30/20]

  • C21 - Search and Seizure of Students by School Personnel [8/30/20]

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 or scameron@vtvsba.org.