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Policy Manual

Policy: BHC
School Board Communications With Staff

The Board and the staff recognize their mutual benefit in maintaining open channels of official and informal communication. The basic line of official communication will be through the district Superintendent or designee.

Staff Communications to the Board

All official communications or reports to the Board or any Board committee from the Principal, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the Superintendent or designee. This necessary procedure shall not be construed as denying the right of any employee to appeal under a negotiated contract or in accordance with any Board policy on complaints and grievances. Staff are welcome to facilitate a Board-staff discussion at anytime, provided that administrators are so advised.

Board Communications to Staff

All official School Board communications, policies, and directives will be communicated to staff members through the Superintendent or designee who will strive to keep staff informed of the Board's problems, concerns, and actions.

Board Meetings With Staff

The Board and/or individual members of the Board may meet from time to time with the staff or portions of the staff for the exchange of ideas. The Superintendent or designee and other appropriate administrators shall be notified and may attend. No action may be taken at such a meeting.

Visits to Schools

Individual Board members interested in visiting schools or classrooms will make arrangements for visitations through the Principal. Such visits shall be regarded as informal expressions of interest in school affairs and not for supervisory or administrative purposes.

Official visits by Board members will be carried on only under Board authorization and with the full knowledge of staff, including the Superintendent or designee and the Principal.

Social Interaction

When staff and Board members meet informally, it is appropriate to discuss such matters as educational trends, issues and innovations, and general school district concerns. Discussions of such matters as personalities, grievances, or sharing of any privileged information is inappropriate.

Individual Board members are reminded that they have no special authority excepting when they are convened at a legal meeting of the Board or vested with special authority by Board action.

Facilitating Communication

All effective means of facilitating communication between the Board and staff will be explored in order to promote cooperative action for continuing improvement of the educational program and the mutual benefit of the school system and the community.

ADOPTED: 8 September 1977
REVISED: 10 March 1994
REVIEWED: October 1998