Charter Operating Policies

A repository of customizable
policies for California
charter schools.


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:

Employee Handbook
March 31, 2020

Draft Like a Pro 2019
August 21, 2019

Regulations for Smartphones on School Campuses
August 9, 2019

New Legislative "To Do" List and Sample Letter for AB 2022 (2018)
January 22, 2019

New Policy: Transportation Safety Plan
August 15, 2018


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.

Charter School Operating Policy Checklist

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
School Safety
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:

Leadership Trainings
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.
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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