KASB's Policy Services through our legal department provide members with a time efficient and cost effective way to update policies and handbooks and ensure compliance with the most current case law, rules, and regulations. This comprehensive assistance in policy development is a member benefit provided to:
- Kansas School Boards
- Community Colleges
- Technical Colleges
- Education Service Centers
KASB’s policy and legal staff have the knowledge and skills to help your staff and board update and write sound policies that comply with the most current case law, statutes, and regulations as well as best practice procedures. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.
A school board’s policy book includes hundreds of pages of material. Ensuring board policies and handbooks comply with applicable laws is a formidable but essential board task. KASB’s policy and legal staff have the knowledge and skills to help your staff and board update and write sound policies that comply with law as well as best practice procedures. Updated and current board policies support you as you work to provide a quality educational program.
Federal and state laws require school boards to have policies in many areas, and the areas of law affecting public education increase yearly. Lawful, explanatory policy aids the board and staff in their efforts to manage and operate schools, while antiquated policy language works against the board and staff and can expose the district to legal liability and/or jeopardize receipt of federal funding.
Policy Review Service
The KASB policy review includes a thorough review of your board policy manual with a focus on the last three years of policy updates developed by KASB. In addition, our legal staff ensures district policies include recent changes in state and federal laws and regulations and resolves conflicts in personnel policies and negotiated language. This service does not include a full rewrite of the policy manual, but districts would receive various sample policies as recommended by KASB staff and documentation of why the changes are being recommended.
Written Policy Audit
A KASB custom audit and rewrite of a district’s current board policy involves a complete overhaul of the board policy manual, including review and revision of student and staff handbooks. The audit of the board policy manual is performed over the course of two drafts.
KASB also offers a hybrid service to boards whose policy manual is in critical need of updating, but the board is unwilling or unable to invest in the full audit service. A partial audit, like the full audit, involves a complete rewrite of your board policy manual over the course of two drafts and includes print and electronic copies of the new board policy manual at each draft stage. However, a partial audit does not include review and revision of all district handbooks.
Staff and Student Handbook Review
Staff and student handbooks serve a vital communication function in the district, providing detailed rules and expectations for students, staff, and parents. After board approval, they have the force and effect of law in the district just like regular board policy. To keep your handbooks compliant with current law and KASB recommended best practices, KASB 's policy staff will review your handbooks, providing suggested revisions and explanations to help you tackle the updating process.
Crisis Plan Review
KASB staff has the resources and experience to review school district crisis plans and assist districts in keeping their plans effective and up-to-date.
Why not take the next step?
BoardDocs is the paperless governance solution endorsed by KASB. As the pioneer of eGovernance, BoardDocs give districts affordable options for efficient management, preparation, approval and distribution of agendas, policies, and documents. There is no expensive equipment to purchase, no local servers to manage, and no time consuming processes for your IT staff to implement or maintain.
Contact KASB to learn more about BoardDocs and what it can do for your district!
KASB Board Policy Recommended Updates
Board Policy Updates are provided twice a year for all members. Access is controlled through a members-only portal.
To access content, click on this link and enter your membership portal username and password. Once you are logged in to the Member Portal navigate to "Member Resources" and select "Policy Updates" from the available options.
For assistance, please send an email containing your name, title/position and district name and USD number to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Response will be sent within 24 hours during business hours.)
For immediate assistance, please call KASB at 785-273-3600 during business hours and ask for Pam Schwartz, receptionist/administrative assistant.
KASB Board Policy Recommended Updates Video Summary
KASB Senior Attorney Angie Stallbaumer walks through updated policy changes from the 2019 legislative session as well as some recommended updates.