Sample Board Policies

A repository of customizable,
fully compliant policies for
California charter schools.


What are the Sample Policies?

CSDC's Sample Charter School Governing Board Policies is a repository of the major policies California charter schools are required or otherwise ought to have in place.

CSDC's team of charter experts—who keep track of the latest charter legal and regulatory developments—continually update these policies, enabling your school to maintain compliance without having to track the myriad bills before the State Legislature or spend substantial amounts on legal fees.

Who has access to the Sample Policies?

CSDC's Sample Policies are available to personnel currently employed by CSDC Member schools.

To access the Policies, CSDC Members must have an account on this website. If you have a CSDC Member account but have forgotten your username or password, please click here. If you are unsure whether you have a CSDC Member account or need to create one, please contact us so we can create and affiliate your account with the correct CSDC Member school.

Because CSDC's team of charter experts continually update these policies, we'd recommend that CSDC Members who have access to the Policies frequently monitor their email inboxes and/or this webpage for the latest updates.

Here's a summary of the latest updates:

Uniform Complaint Procedures Updated to Reflect Categories of Persons Protected by the California Code of Regulations
March 6, 2017

Student Homeless Policies Updated to Reflect Changes to the
McKinney-Vento Act

January 25, 2017


Listed below are the sample policies available for download. Note that these policies are copyrighted materials for the exclusive use of CSDC school members and not for distribution without prior consent from CSDC.

Hiring Policies and Procedures
General Workplace Policies
Hours of Work, Overtime, and Attendance
Standards of Conduct
Employee Benefits
Employee Evaluation and Separation
Budget Development and Oversight Calendar and Responsibilities
Controls, Budget, and Fiscal Management
Negotiating Funding Entitlements
Required Budget and Other Fiscal Reports
Property and Liability Insurance
Board Compensation
Authority to Enter Into Contracts and Agreements
Fundraising, Grant Solicitation, and Donation Recognition
Curriculum & Instruction
Facilities and Operations
Board Governance Policies
Student Policies

Additional Support

A benefit of CSDC Membership, the Sample Policies repository is one way in which CSDC provides support to California charter school governing board members. We also offer:

Events & Trainings
In addition to CSDC's annual conference, which  features a half-day governance workshop and dozens of breakout sessions of interest to board members, governing board members also attend our annual Charter Schools Leadership Institute.

Consulting Support
CSDC Member schools are entitled to up to 5 hours of individualized phone/email support. Schools requiring more in-depth training and consulting support are encouraged to contact CSDC.

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