• The basic responsibility for initiating, reviewing and recommending new policies or policy modification will rest with the administration. New policies or changes in existing policy may be proposed by any board member, staff member, parent, student or other member of the community to the administration for the board to consider. The administration, in developing these policies, may be guided by the recommendations of the staff and may seek parent and community input during the preparation and subsequent review of policy statements. Advice from legal counsel may be appropriate. The administration may need to furnish background information to the Board.

    The final authority and responsibility for board policy lies with the school board.

    What is Policy? 
    Board policies are statements which set forth the purposes and prescribe in general terms the organization and program of a school system. They create a framework within which the superintendent and their staff can discharge their assigned duties with positive direction and clear guidance. They generally do not include detailed directions or include things such as job descriptions or internal forms and are broad enough to allow administrative discretion/specific enough to give clear guidance.

    What is an Administrative Regulation? 
    Administrative regulations are detailed directions developed by the superintendent and their administrators to put policies into practice and enforce them. They tell how, by whom, where and when things are to be done

    How to Tell the Difference Between a Policy and an Administrative Regulation 
    Each policy (and any accompanying AR) in the manual is designated with a code located in the upper-right corner of the first page of the document and in the "code" column on each table of contents. An administrative regulation is coded with an "-AR" at the end of the policy code.

    RRSD board policies are available for public view on a website hosted by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). 

    Policy Sections

    A/B Board Governance 
    C Administration 
    D Fiscal Management 
    E Support Services 
    F Facilities 
    G Personnel 
    I Instruction 
    J Students 
    K/L Community Relations 

    While it is advisable for board members to review all policies, they should have a good "working knowledge" of the following:

    BBA-Board Powers and Duties
    BBAA-Individual Board Member's Authority and Responsibilities
    BBF-Board Member Standards of Conduct
    BBFA-Board Member Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
    BDDH-Public Comment at Board Meetings
    BBFB-Board Member Ethics and Nepotism
    BG-Board-Staff Communications
    KL-Public Complaints