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What are the Sample Policies?
CSDC's Sample Charter School Operating Policies is a repository of some of the policies California charter schools are required or otherwise ought to have in place.
CSDC’s team of charter experts created these policies so that California charter school leaders would have a starting point for the policy drafting and adoption process. (CSDC recommends that policies pending approval be submitted to qualified legal counsel to review items relevant to the context of the individual school.)
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 charter school experts often post updates these policies, we'd recommend that CSDC Members who have access to the Policies monitor their email inboxes and/or this webpage for the latest updates.
CSDC creates these policies so that they might be applicable to the broadest possible audience; please consult qualified legal counsel for policies and laws that may apply to your particular school.
Here's a summary of the latest updates:
Draft Like a Pro 2019
Regulations for Smartphones on School Campuses
New Legislative "To Do" List and Sample Letter for AB 2022 (2018)
New Policy: Transportation Safety Plan
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.
2.Hiring Policies and Procedures
3.General Workplace Policies
4.Hours of Work, Overtime, and Attendance
5.Standards of Conduct
7.Employee Evaluation and Separation
1.Budget Development and Oversight Calendar and Responsibilities
2.Controls, Budget, and Fiscal Management
3.Negotiating Funding Entitlements
4.Required Budget and Other Fiscal Reports
5.Property and Liability Insurance
7.Authority to Enter Into Contracts and Agreements
8.Fundraising, Grant Solicitation, and Donation Recognition
Curriculum & Instruction
Facilities and Operations
Board Governance Policies
19.Immigration Enforcement Policy Related to the Detention or Deportation of a Student’s Family Member
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:
In addition to CSDC's annual conference, which features a half-day governance workshop and dozens of breakout sessions of interest to school leaders, where governing board members also attend our annual Charter Schools Leadership Intensive.
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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