Policy Service Numbered Updates
Proactive Policy Maintenance
School districts with localized policy manuals receive from TASB two or three major policy updates—called "numbered updates" because they are numbered sequentially—per year. These updates respond to changes in state and federal law, court cases, and decisions by attorneys general and by the commissioner of education.
Updates are delivered as packets containing both statutory legal changes and TASB's suggestions for the district's local policies. Each packet is uniquely tailored to its individual district by our policy consultants based on TASB's records of the district's policies. (Disclaimer: TASB's comments in the context of an update are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. The district must consult its own attorney.)
What's in the update?
Each update packet contains a cover letter, instructions for updating the district's hard-copy manuals, explanatory notes for the policies, and the newly proposed policies. In addition to the policies themselves, Policy Service produces two documents that summarize and explain the latest policy changes.
The Vantage Points
(myTASB) is an executive summary that accompanies each update. Aimed at trustees, these short reports cover the update's major statutory changes and highlight decision points where board members can expect to take action on local policies.
An update's Explanatory Notes, by contrast, are bundled within the update packet and describe the proposed changes made to each policy in line-by-line detail. With the superintendent as their primary audience, the Explanatory Notes are designed to help him or her refine the policy recommendations that will be placed before the board.
The final word
In numbered updates TASB only makes recommendations where the district's local policies are concerned. The board of trustees always has the final say regarding which policies go in the manual.
Starting in the summer of 2007, update packets were made available online to superintendents via the myTASB application called Local Manual Updates (myTASB). In addition to providing the full update packet in PDF format, this application also includes the following items:
copies of TASB's proposed local policies in Word
annotated copies of the proposed local policy changes in PDF format
an agenda posting template in Word that contains the local policies up for adoption with their titles and subtitles
a copy of the Vantage Points in PDF format