Board Policy Review

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Board Policy Review

One of the Olympia School Board's responsibilities is to establish policies, which are essentially the governing documents by which the Olympia School District operates. Board-approved policies are based on laws and regulations. Procedures are developed by administrative staff to implement Board-adopted policies.

 

Board welcomes input on policy review process

The board welcomes and invites student, staff and  community input during the policy review process.

 

  • The public is welcome to comment about policies or other topics of interest during Olympia School Board meetings. Time is set aside for public comment near the start of open board meetings, and those who wish to speak are asked to sign in on a form placed near the entrance to each meeting. See a list of 2018-19 board meetingsLearn more about the protocol for speaking during public board meetings. 

  • Students, staff and the community are welcome to email comments or questions about the policies being reviewed to a district email address especially created for this current board policy review process. The following email is monitored daily, and questions will be answered in the order they are received: boardpolicyreview@osd.wednet.edu

  • Contact Pam Barker, executive assistant to the Olympia School District Superintendent, at 360-596-6114.

  • Email or call Olympia School Board members directly. Contact information for board members, including their phone numbers and email addresses, is featured with their photos on the Board of Directors Web page.

     

This Web page will be updated regularly to inform the community about what policies are currently being reviewed by the Olympia School Board. The district's compilation of policies is divided into "series," including:

 

  • 1000 series - Board of Directors

  • 2000 series - Instruction

  • 3000 series - Students

  • 4000 series - Community Relations

  • 5000 series - Personnel

  • 6000 series - Management Support

     

View a compilation of board policies and procedures  

 

What policies have already come before the board, and which ones are currently before the board for review?

In fall 2017, the Olympia School Board reviewed and approved revisions to the Policy 1000 series, which addresses the work of the Board of Directors.

Directors are currently reviewing the 4000 (Community Relations) policy series. Once complete, they will move to another policy series. While the board's focus is currently on the 4000 series, it also occasionally reviews a policy in another series. Those are listed below along with those in the 4000 series.

Policy revisions are based on a variety of input from sources including WSSDA representatives, school district personnel and the school district's legal counsel.

Current policies before the board include:
Policy 4310 District Relationships with Law Enforcement and Other Government Agencies - First Reading June 24, 2019. The board agreed to place on consent agenda for July 15, 2019 school board meeting
Policy 3131 and 3131P - District Attendance Area Transfers
Policy 3141 and 3141P - Nonresident  Students
Policy 3122 and 3122P - Excused and Unexcused Absences
Policy 3200 and 3200P - District Rules Regarding Student Rights
Policy 3240 and 3240P - Student Conduct
Policy 3241 and 3241P - Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action
Policy 3245 - Students and Telecommunication Devices

 

We thank you for your interest in the board's policy review process. If you have any questions or comments about the policies listed above, please send them to the email especially designated for this policy review process: boardpolicyreview@osd.wednet.edu

 

How does the board policy review work?

Each policy requires a minimum of two readings (reviews) by the Olympia School Board before it can be considered for approval. Typically, policies come before the school board for a "first reading," or a first review, at a public board meeting. The same policies typically return for a second reading, followed by possible board action, at the next regularly-scheduled school board meeting. However, if there is more time needed for discussion or questions about a specific policy, the second reading may be postponed to a future meeting.