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INTRODUCTION TO POLICY MANUAL

 
The Policy Manual for the Richmond School District is in the process of being revised.  This is a long process that involves examination of each policy individually to determine if it is still relevant, needs updating, could be combined with another policy for clarity and so on.
 
As the Policy Manual is revised it will be transformed into a Policy and Information Portal that also contains links to other relevant documents.  A more consistent use of the terms "policy," "regulation" and "guideline" is also being introduced.
 
Changes will be made only to this electronic version.  All paper versions of the Policy Manual should be discarded.
 
The following introduction to the new form of the Policy and Information Portal currently applies only to Sections 100, 200 and 300.  Other sections are in various stages of review. Many policies have been revised as described below but no other sections are entirely complete as of December, 2009.

Introduction to the Contents of the Document
 
This document provides a framework of guiding values, overall purposes, specific goals and required actions that complement the School Act and provincial regulations.  It contains policies and regulations that are developed and maintained by the Board of Education for School District No. 38 (Richmond) to provide direction to the staff of the school district.

In addition, the document contains administrative guidelines developed and maintained by the Superintendent of Schools where necessary to provide procedures and expectations that complement the policies and regulations prescribed by the Board.  These are associated with the relevant policy for convenient reference.
 
Definition of Terms

The Board refers to the elected Board of Education for School District No. 38 (Richmond), which is the governing body of the school district and is responsible for the development of policy statements and regulations.

The District refers to the staff employed by the Board under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, who is authorized by the Board to manage the operation of the school district.

The Superintendent refers to the Superintendent of Schools, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the District, responsible for enacting the policy directions provided by the Board.

The term parent shall be taken to refer to either a natural parent or a legal guardian as appropriate wherever it appears in a policy, regulation or administrative guideline.

Policies define guiding values, overall purposes and specific goals.  They indicate, as directly and concisely as possible, what the Board wants and why.

Regulations define required actions. They indicate how and by whom the Board requires things to be done.

Administrative guidelines are developed and maintained by the Superintendent to complement policies and regulations developed by the Board by providing additional or more detailed procedures and expectations when that is deemed necessary by either the Superintendent or the Board.

Hot links to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 
While the Policies for School District 38 (Richmond) are under revision, the current ones apply and are useful as a reference point for parents, staff and students.  At times the index of policies does not immediately lead to answering the question, “What’s the policy on . . ?”  Below are some links to FAQs that may help you locate what you’re looking for quickly.

 
What’s the Policy on:
                                                                                                                                              


Topic 

Policy Number
 
Alcohol Use

 

Attendance

 


Bullying
 


 
Budget

 


Communicable diseases

 


Commercialism

 


 
Complaints and Appeals (Students and Parents)
Complaints and Appeals (Staff)


Communications and Information Services - Acceptable Use
Cross Boundary Transfers

 



Curriculum Development
Discrimination



 

Donations to Schools
Dress Code

 


 
Drug Use

 


  
Energy Conservation
Environmental Issues

 

Emergencies

 


General Conduct

 
 
Grounds Greening
Homework

 



Inclusion

 


Injury at School

 



Investments

Leadership (Environmental)
Leaves of Absence

 




Money raised for Schools

 




Multiculturalism

 



 

Non Resident Students

 


International Students

 


Outdoor Education

 


Parent Advisory Councils

 

Racism
 


 
Registration for Students



Rentals

 


Reports on Student Progress (Report Cards)

 


Safety

 

 

Smoking



Student Fees

 

Student Records

 


Summer School

 



Suspensions

 




Sustainable Purchasing
Sustainable Transportation
Transportation

 



Vandalism

 



Volunteering in Schools
Volunteering in Schools
Volunteering in Schools
Waste Management
Water Conservation
Weapons