District Policy Manual

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In order for a school district to function both efficiently and effectively it must establish a sound set of policies and related regulations to carry out the official policy.

Policy making is the primary function of the Board of Education. A policy is a guide for action. It expresses the intent of the Board concerning the operation of the School District and what it expects of those to whom it gives authority. Policy statements are developed as a guide for the Board to make decisions and are intended to serve as an outline for the administration to use in the development of administrative regulations for the implementation of the policy.

Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.

Policy should accomplish the following:

  • State a position taken by the District;
  • Grant the authority to act;
  • Be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction;
  • Be achievable within the real environment of the school and community;
  • Provide for impartial procedures.

In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.

PREFACE

Contained herein are the policy statements formulated by the Board of Education of the Greater Amsterdam School District.

In order for a school district to function both efficiently and effectively it must establish a sound set of policies and related regulations to carry out the official policy.

Policy making is the primary function of the Board of Education. A policy is a guide for action. It expresses the intent of the Board concerning the operation of the School District and what it expects of those to whom it gives authority. Policy statements are developed as a guide for the Board to make decisions and are intended to serve as an outline for the administration to use in the development of administrative regulations for the implementation of the policy.

Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.

Policy should accomplish the following:

  1. State a position taken by the District;
  2. Grant the authority to act;
  3. Be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction;
  4. Be achievable within the real environment of the school and community;
  5. Provide for impartial procedures.

In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.

If any part of this manual is made invalid by judicial decision or legislative or administrative enactment, all other parts shall remain in full effect unless and until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Education. The official record of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of the by-laws and policies of the Greater Amsterdam School District shall be the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Education.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

The public school system is the means by which society maintains and improves itself, imparting to the young what society considers valuable. Of primary value is the intellectual, cultural, emotional, social, and physical development of children, leading to individual self-realization, character development and constructive participation in society.

As a public institution, the school system is operated as a partnership between the community and its professional educators. The division of responsibility is clear: the community decides what the school system will do; the educators decide how best to do it. To foster informed responsible participation and leadership, it is essential that dialogue between the community and its professional educators be systematic, continuous, candid, and comprehensive.

As an instrument of a democratic society, the public school system is obliged to offer equally to all children both the opportunity and the encouragement to make full use of their individual talents, energies, and interests, implying the need for individualized instruction so far as practicable and for special education for children with special problems and special gifts.

As an instrument of intellectual development, the schools must introduce the tools of learning (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, listening, using resource materials), develop skills with which to use them well, and foster the spirit of inquiry and enterprise that motivates continuing intellectual growth in succeeding academic years and beyond.

As an instrument of cultural development, the school is obliged to foster an appreciation of the cultural heritage, especially the American cultural heritage, including aesthetic, intellectual, and ethical traditions, from which individual and societal growth proceeds.

As an instrument of emotional development, the school is obliged to provide an atmosphere that fosters sound mental health, entailing a sense of personal worth, integrity, and responsibility, a love and respect for learning, and freedom from undue anxiety about personal progress.

As an instrument of social development, the school is obliged to foster a child’s awareness and appreciation of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of participation in a democratic society, to foster constructive, cooperative attitudes in social relationships of all kinds, and to foster respect for peoples and cultures different from his/her own.

As an instrument of physical development, the school is obliged to encourage participation in challenging physical activity and to foster sportsmanship and habits of personal hygiene.

As an instrument of a complex, rapidly changing society, the school system is obliged to scrutinize continually both its achievements and its goals, seeking constant improvement in all areas.