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.