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Policies and Rules

The Policy Review Process

The Board of Education adopts policies as required by law and in order to guide the work of the school system.

The Board’s process involves staff recommendations, community input and Board member discussion.  The Board’s process demonstrates its commitment to transparent and open engagement of its community.  The Board, as required by Policy 8130, Policy Formulation, (http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/policies/8000Series/POL8130.pdf) reviews policies on a seven year cycle. 

Each year, as required by Superintendent’s Rule 8130 (http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/rules/8000Series/RULE8130.PDF) the Superintendent presents a list of policies that will be reviewed in the upcoming school year.  These policies are then presented to the Board’s Policy Review Committee for discussion at each of the Committee’s scheduled meetings.  The agenda for each Policy Review Committee meeting is posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.  Note that the Policy Review Committee can, and does, amend the schedule and agenda as necessary.

Following discussion by the Committee, policies are advanced for approval as follows:

  1. The policy review committee’s proposal is presented to the public when the Board agenda is released.  After the Board agenda is released, the policies are posted on the Comment Web Page so that the public may provide comments on the proposed changes. 
  2. At first reading, the public and Board members have an opportunity to comment on the policy proposal during the regular public meeting.  Staff members are available to respond to Board member questions on the proposed changes.  Policies posted on the Comment Web Page are taken down at 12 midnight on the night of first reading.
  3. Based on the comments received, the Policy Review Committee has the option of reviewing and incorporating in its proposal those comments from the public and Board members.
  4. At second reading, the Board takes final action on the policy.

Once adopted, policies are posted to the school system’s Policy Manual Web site (http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/).  The newly adopted and/or revised policies are highlighted in yellow.

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