What is the difference between a board policy and procedure?

A board policy:

  • Provides guidelines to chart a course of action.

  • Tells what is wanted — and may include why and how much.

  • Allows discretionary action by the administration in meeting day-to-day problems.

  • Is specific enough to give clear guidance.

  • Should be reviewed on a consistent schedule and can only be modified through formal analysis, review and adoption.

A board procedure:

  • Is the responsibility of the superintendent and staff.  The superintendent can change procedures as the need arises.

  • Establishes the mechanics for implementing policy.

  • Lists the steps to be followed.

  • Contains important detail; the do's and don'ts.

  • Is not adopted, but is reviewed by the Board as needed.