Policy 1520 - Board Staff Communications

Board Staff Communications
Every reasonable means of communication is encouraged throughout the education community.  Nevertheless, an organization must maintain some order and structure to promote efficient and effective communications.

Staff Communications to the Board
All official communications or reports to the Board from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the Superintendent. This shall not deny any staff member's right to appeal to the Board from administrative decisions, provided that the Superintendent shall have been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed according to the applicable procedures for complaints and grievances.

Board Communications to Staff
All official communications, policies and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the Superintendent. The Superintendent will employ all such media as are appropriate to keep staff fully informed of the Board's concerns and actions.

Visits to Schools
Trustees should make a point to visit each school of the District not less than once each school year to examine its condition and needs. Individual Board members interested in visiting schools should, out of courtesy, make arrangements for visitations through the principals of the various schools. Such visits shall be regarded as informal expressions of interest in school affairs and not as "inspections" or visits for supervisory or administrative purposes.

Social Interaction
Staff and Board members share a keen interest in the schools and education. When they meet at social affairs and other functions, informal discussion on such matters as educational trends, issues, innovations and general District problems can be anticipated.

Policy History:
Adopted on:    11/26/02