Policies are values or principles adopted
by the Board that establish the framework for what is to be done. Policies
provide general guidance for the district and are based on the vision and
mission of the school district. Policies include topics subject to direct board
governance as well as those concerning the board's own operation. Some policies
are included in the manual because of laws or regulations that require them.
Others are included at the discretion of the Board in order to provide for
consistent operation of the district and to meet the educational needs of
Procedures put policy into practice. They
tell how, by whom, where and when things are to be done. Procedures often
reflect legal and regulatory requirements that do not require Board approval.
These definitions reflect sound theory of
governance and administration.
and symbols are used in connection with the classification system as follows:
This symbol following a file code indicates that the material is a regulation,
not a board policy. A regulation is a step-by-step process that contains legal
material necessitating Board adoption.
Administrative Procedure: This symbol following a code identifies material
containing detailed directions developed by the administration to put a policy
into practice. An administrative procedure will tell how, by whom, where and
when tasks are to be accomplished.
Administrative Form: This symbol following a file code indicates a form that
complements Board policy and is used by the administration to collect or
disseminate information or provide reference documents.
Certain policies relate to others. Cross references are provided following many
policy statements to refer the reader to related information in another
Pertinent legal references direct the reader to the state or federal law or
case law on which the document is based.
use this site, simply click on a section below or navigate through the Policy
menu above to access the section of the policy code or click on the search icon
in the top right of this page or the Search button below to search by keyword.
By choosing the advanced search option, users may also search policies in
other Missouri school districts using the MSBA online policy system.