The Superintendent or the School Board may identify a need for a locally developed policy, or policy revisions. “Locally developed policies” means policies that support the work of Highline Public Schools, not policies that are dictated by another agency or the state or federal government. These include policies to support the strategic plan, discipline policies, and the district’s equity policy.
As the School Board adopts or revises policy, the Board will evaluate the level of policy monitoring that each policy requires. “Policy monitoring” means the frequency and means by which the School Board reviews the effectiveness of policies. In general, monitoring will fall into the following categories:
- No monitoring: This category is for policies that have little to no day-to-day impact on the working of the district. This generally means policies that are required by the state or federal government, as opposed to discretionary policies.
- Yearly monitoring: This category is for locally developed or discretionary policies that need review, but where data is infrequently available. An example of this is an annual review of workforce diversity.
- Semi-Annual monitoring: This category is for locally developed or discretionary policies that need review, but where data is infrequently available.
- Quarterly monitoring: This category is for locally developed or discretionary policies that have a strong impact on the district’s students, staff, or families, and that need frequent monitoring to ensure fidelity of implementation.
Every item that comes before the School Board includes a “Board Action Report” (BAR) that outlines the reason the item is coming before the Board. The BAR for new or revised policies shall include an indication of the type of monitoring recommended by the Superintendent. The Board may modify that recommendation based on the level of monitoring the Board wants.
Each year the Board and Superintendent will determine which existing policies will be monitored and what metrics will be used to evaluate the policies.
Procedures may be developed, on an as-needed basis, to support the implementation of policy. Generally procedures are within the purview of the Superintendent, but may be presented to the Board for review. The exception to that is policies within Series 1000, which relate to the Board of Directors. Series 1000 procedures must be approved by the Board.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: March 2015
Revised by the Board: 03.17