Recent Presentations

  • Policy Committee Presentation April 2022

    With co-chair Zachary Epps presiding, the Policy Committee convened via video conferencing on Wednesday, April 27 for its monthly meeting. Items up for adoption at the Tuesday, May 10 legislative meeting include Policy 011 Principles for Governance and Leadership (2019); Policy 216 Assignment within District (2008), and Policy 207 Confidential Communications of Students (2011). Policies for repeal at that same meeting are Policy 914 Parent Involvement (2003), as language is included in other policies; Policy 707.1 Use of School Facilities Regulation and Enforcement (2009), as the content is included in Policy 707 and Policy 707.2 Use of School Facilities Adult School (2008), content of which is included in Policy 707. New business for discussion included changing Policy 620 Designation of Fund Balance (2011) to “Fund Balance”; changing Policy 622 Financial Reporting (2008) to "Capital Assets and GASB Statement 34"; changing Policy 610 Purchases (2014) to “Procurement”; Policy 258 Gender Expansive and Transgender Students (2016); and changing Policy 711 Naming of Facilities (2008) to “Naming Rights.” The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation March 2022

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom on Wednesday, March 23 for its monthly meeting. Ten items were on the agenda, including three policies which the board will vote to adopt at the Tuesday, April 12 Legislative Board meeting.

    Items up for adoption include the conversion of previous Policy and AR 510 Overtime (2016) to Policy 310, a 300-series policy; conversion of previous Policy and AR 453 Professional Development to Policy 353, a 300-series policy; and conversion of previous Policy 407 Student Teachers and Other Interns (2013) to Policy 307, 300-series policy. The administrative regulation for policy 803 School Calendar (2019) will be posted.
     
    New business included the development of an administrative regulation for Policy 011 Principles for Governance and Leadership (2019); discussion about repealing Policy 914 Parent Involvement (2003) if content is included in other policies; discussion on Policy and AR 216 Assignment within District (2008); discussion centered on Policy and AR 207 Confidential Communications of Students (2011); and consideration of the repeal of Policy 707.1 Use of School Facilities Regulation and Enforcement (2009) and Policy 707.2 Use of School Facilities Adult School (2008) if content is included in other policies.

    The next Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 8 a.m. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation February 2022

    With co-chair Zachary Epps presiding, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The agenda included several policies which will move forward for adoption at the Tuesday, March 8 legislative board meeting. These included Policy 006 Meetings (2021), Policy 903 Public Participation in Board Meetings (2003), Policy Civility (2019), and Policy 604 Tax Waiver Requests (2008). Under “new business,” the committee discussed several policies and administrative regulations (AR). These included Policy and AR 803 School Calendar (2019), for which an AR still needs to be developed; and Policies 510 Overtime (2016), 453 Professional Development, and 407 Student Teachers and Other Interns (2013), all of which will be converted to 300 series policies. The next Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 8 a.m. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation January 2022

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The committee moved forward Policy 315 Blood Borne Pathogens for adoption at the February 8 legislative board meeting. Other policies up for board action include Policies 314.1/414.1/514.1 Management of HIV (1999), which will be repealed and consolidated into Policy 315 Blood Borne Pathogens; Policy 323 Use of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products (2019) will be consolidated with Policies 423/523 Use of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products (2019), which will be repealed; Policy and AR 916 Volunteers (2015) will be adopted, as will Policy 621 Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights (1999). The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at a yet-to-be-determined time. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation December 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy Committee convened for its monthly meeting over Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Old business featured several policies which will be adopted, repealed, changed or consolidated at the Tuesday, Jan. 11 legislative board meeting. Policy 815 Incident Reports (2012) will be repealed, as the policy is no longer necessary; policies 424/524 Personnel Files (2019) will be repealed and consolidated into 324 Personnel Files (2019); policies 455/555 Professional Dress and Grooming (2009) will be repealed and consolidated into policy 355 Professional Dress and Grooming (2009), which will change to "Dress and Appearance"; policies 452/552 Addressing Disruptive Behavior of Students (2018) will be repealed and consolidated into policy 352 Addressing Disruptive Behavior of Students (2018); policy 457/557 Complaint Procedure - Complaints Not Covered by CBA (2016) be repealed and consolidated into policy 357 Complaint Procedure - Complaints Not Covered by CBA. The next meeting of the Policy Committee will be on Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation November 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Policies up for adoption at the Tuesday, Dec. 14 legislative board meeting include policy 337 Electronic Devices (2009), which will change to “Personal Electronic Devices” and consolidate policies 357/437/537 and reference policy 816; policy 304 Employee Resignations (2016) will consolidate policies 304/404/504; policy 350 Reporting Arrests and Convictions (2015) will change to “Educator Misconduct”; and policy 361 Crowdfunding. Policies being presented for repeal at the legislative meeting include policies 437/537 Electronic Devices (2009), which is being consolidated into Policy 337, policies 330/430/530 Electronic Communications (2012), which includes information contained in policy 860 Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries with Students (2020); policies 404/504 Employee Resignations (2016), which will be consolidated into policy 302; policies 450/550 Reporting Arrests and Convictions (2015) because the content has been Incorporated in policy 317 Disciplinary Procedures; Policies 358/458/558 Required Clearances (2019) because the content will be incorporated into policy 303 and 806; and policies 461/561 Crowdfunding. The next Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8 a.m. Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation October 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy Committee convened for its monthly meeting over Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Several policies were moved forward for action at the Tuesday, Nov. 16 legislative board meeting. Adoptions will include Policy 312 Evaluation of Employees (2014), which is revised to include evaluations for all employees; updates to Policy 313 Evaluation of Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent (2014); Policy 810.3 School Vehicle Drivers (new); Policy and AR 254 Student Wellness (2017); and Policy and AR 236 Threat Assessment (New). Repeals will include 816B, Website development, the content of which will be incorporated in Policies and ARs 826 and 921; Policy 412 Evaluation of Professional and TPEs (2014), Policy 413 Evaluation of TPEs (1993); and Policy 512 Evaluation of Classified Employees (1993). Language from policies 412, 413 and 512 will be incorporated into revised Policy 312. Policy 810.1 Drug/Alcohol Testing - Covered Drivers (1999) will be changed to “School Bus Drivers and School Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers.” New business featured discussion on a number of policies and ARs for consolidation, repeal or name change. The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 8 a.m.  Video>

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  • Policy Committee Presentation September 2021

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding and administrators and members of the community in attendance, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Three policies were moved forward for adoption at the October legislative board meeting: Policy 218 Student Discipline, Policy 826 Social Media, and Policy 921 Public Relations. A number of other policies were discussed, including Policy 312 Employee Evaluation, Policy 810.3 School Vehicle Drivers and Policy 254 Student Wellness. The next Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation August 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding and co-chair Julie Haywood and board member Jennifer Lowman in attendance, along with the acting superintendent, solicitor, administrators and community members, the Policy Committee convened via videoconferencing on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The following policies will be adopted at the Tuesday, Sept. 21 legislative board meeting: Policy 351 Drug and Substance Abuse (1998) as the repeal and consolidation of Policies 451 and 551; and Policy 802 Electronic Signatures/Records. Three policies will be handled as a first read at that meeting: Policy 218 Student Discipline (2017); Policy 826 Social Media (2016); and Policy 921 Public Relations (2015). The administrative regulations for the three aforementioned policies will be included on the agenda for review only. The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation June 2021

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding and board members Dan Schultz and Jennifer Lowman in attendance, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom on Wednesday, June 23. Out of that meeting, the following policies will be handled as adoptions at the Tuesday, Aug. 10 legislative board meeting: Policy 142 Use of Movies in the Classroom for Repeal - The content of this policy is incorporated in other curriculum policies; and Policy 225 – Students and the Police - Proposed to change the title to “Relationship with Law Enforcement” - Consistent with the Pennsylvania Safe Schools Act, the superintendent or designee shall ensure that a memorandum of understanding with the Cheltenham Township Police Department will be developed and outline the procedures when certain incidents contemplated by the Pennsylvania Safe Schools act occur on school property, at school sponsored activities, or on a conveyance providing transportation to or from school or a school sponsored activity. Administrative Regulations for policies 225 Relationship with Law Enforcement, 829 Equity, and 142 Use of Movies in the Classroom for Repeal were included on the board agenda for review.
     
    Four policies are up for first read at the August legislative meeting: Policy 351 Drug and Substance Abuse; policies 451/551 for repeal (consolidated into 351); and policy 802 Electronic Signatures/Records (New Policy).
     
    The next Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m.
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  • Policy Committee Presentation May 2021

    With committee co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy Committee convened via video conferencing on Wednesday, May 26. Committee co-chair Julie Haywood and board members Pamela Henry, Jennifer Lowman, Joel Fishbein, Charles Burdell-Williams and Bill England were in attendance, along with administrators, solicitor and community members. The committee had old and new business on the agenda. Policies which will move forward for adoption at the Tuesday, June 15 legislative board meeting include: Policy and Administrative Regulation (AR) 200 Enrollment of Students (2017); Policy and AR 214 Computing GPA (2019); Policy 150 Title I Comparability of Services (New); and Policy and AR 823 Energy Management (2018). In addition, AR 140 Charter Schools will be posted and the AR for 829 Equity was revised and will be reviewed and posted. A proposal to retitle Policy and AR 225 Students and the Police to “Relationship with Law Enforcement” was discussed and will be taken under consideration as a first read at the Tuesday, June 15 legislative board meeting. The next Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 8 a.m. at cheltenham.org/zoom.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation April 2021

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding, the Policy Committee met via video conference on Wednesday, April 28. Other board members in attendance included co-chair Dan Schultz, Joel Fishbein, Charles Burdell Williams and Jennifer Lowman. The committee forwarded one policy for adoption at the Tuesday, May 11 legislative board meeting: Policy 209 Health and Dental Examinations (2019), which calls for all District students to be provided legally mandated health and dental examinations at such intervals as required by law and as specified in the accompanying administrative regulation. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to have required health and dental examinations of their child performed by their child’s own family physician or family dentist. In such instances, parents/guardians are required to furnish the district with a medical or dental report of examination completed by their family physician or family dentist on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s form for this purpose. The district will accept reports of private physical and dental examinations within the timeline indicated in the accompanying administrative regulation. The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 8 a.m. via Zoom.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation March 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom on March 24. The agenda included advancing the following policies for adoption at the April 13 legislative board meeting include:

     

    Policy 309 Assignment and Transfer (1992): The assignment and transfer of district employees shall be based on the management, supervisory, instructional and operational needs of the district. All certificated employees may be transferred within their areas of certification.

      

    Policy 140  Charter Schools (1999): The board shall evaluate applications submitted for charter schools located within the district, in accordance with the requirements of law and those established by the Board.

     

    Policy and AR 219 Student Complaint Process (2016): The superintendent or designee will prepare written procedures implementing this policy in accordance with applicable law. The administrative regulation (AR) includes the written complaint resolution procedures.

     

    The next Policy Committee Meeting is Wednesday, April 28 at 8 a.m. on Zoom.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation February 2021

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding, and co-chair Dan Schultz, board members Jennifer Lowman and Charles Burdell-Williams, and administrators in attendance, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom on March 3 for its February meeting, which was rescheduled from February 18 due to weather. 

     

    Several policies and administrative regulations were advanced for adoption at the March 9 legislative board meeting: Policy and AR 217 Graduation Requirements (2019); Policy and AR 111 Curriculum and Instructional Management (1999) changed to Planning and Preparation of Professional Staff; Policy 356 Weapons (2012); Policy and AR 335 Family and Medical Leave Act (2009); Policy and AR 820 Integrated Pest Management (2003); and Policy and AR 806 Child Abuse (2014).

     

    The following policies were advanced as repeals at the March 9 legislative board meeting: Policies 456/556 Weapons (2012) to be consolidated into Policy 356;  Policies 315/415/515 Disqualification by Reason of Health (1993/2009) because content is addressed in Policy 314 (2019); Policies 435/535 Family and Medical Leave Act (2009) to be consolidated into Policy 335; and Policy 141 Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (2001) because it’s not required since the program has been overhauled at the state level.

     

    The Policy Committee next meets Wednesday, March 24 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation January 2021

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding and co-chair Julie Haywood and board members  Jennifer Lowman and Charles Burdell Williams in attendance, the Policy Committee convened over Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 27. Policies up for adoption at the February 9 legislative board meeting include: Policy 226 Student Searches (updated from 2017); policy 006 Meetings (updated from 2016); policy 007 Remote Attendance and Participation at Board Meetings (new); policy 354 Sabbatical Leave (updated from 2005); policy 317 Disciplinary Procedures (updated from 2015/1993); and policy 334 Sick Leave (updated from 2009).

     

    Policies up for repeal at the February 9 legislative board meeting include: Policy 454 Sabbatical Leave (2005) due to policy renumbering and consolidation; policy 253 Requests for Evaluations for College (2005) because this policy is not legally required and evaluation procedures are captured in special education policies); policy 434/534 Sick Leave (2009) due to policy renumbering and consolidation); policy 310/410 Abolishing a Position (1992) because content is addressed in Policy 311 Reduction in Staff; policy 418/518 Penalties for Tardiness (1992) due to policy renumbering, renaming and consolidation); policy 411/511 Suspension and Furloughs/Layoffs (1992/1998) due to policy renumbering, renaming and consolidation); policy 417/517 Disciplinary Procedures (2015/1993).

     

    Policies undergoing title changes include: Policy Suspension and Furloughs/Layoffs (1992/1998) changing to “Reduction in Staff”; and policy 318 Penalties for Tardiness (1992) changing to “Attendance Expectations.” 

     

    The next Policy Committee meeting is Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation December 2020

    Co-chair Julie Haywood presided over the virtual policy committee on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, with co-chair Dan Schultz and board member Jennifer Lowman, administrators and solicitor in attendance. No policies were up for adoption, however, several were listed as first read at the January legislative board meeting, including:

    Policy 006 Meetings (2016) updated for virtual meetings / COVID-19;

    Policy 007 Remote Attendance and Participation at Board Meetings updated for virtual meetings / COVID-19 (NEW);

    Policy and AR 226 Student Searches (2017);

    Policy 253 Requests for Evaluations for College (2005) for repeal as evaluation procedures are captured in special education policies);

    Policy 310/410 Abolishing a Position (1992) for repeal due to content being addressed in Policy 311;

    Policy and AR 311 Suspension and Furloughs/Layoffs (1992/1998) change to “Reduction in Staff”;

    Policy 317 Disciplinary Procedures (2015/1993);

    Policy 318 Penalties for Tardiness (1992) change to “Attendance Expectations”;

    Policy 334 Sick Leave (2009);

    Policy and AR 354 Sabbatical Leave (2005);

    Policy 411/511 Suspension and Furloughs/Layoffs (1992/1998) for repeal due to renumbering, renaming and consolidation of policies;

    Policy 417/517 Disciplinary Procedures (2015/1993) for repeal

    Policy 418/518 Penalties for Tardiness (1992) for repeal due to renumbering, renaming and consolidation of policies;

    Policy 434/534 Sick Leave (2009) for repeal due to renumbering and consolidation of policies); and

    Policy 454 Sabbatical Leave (2005) for repeal due to renumbering and consolidation of policies;

     

    The next Policy Committee meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation November 2020

    With co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, the Policy committee met via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12. Other participants were committee / board members Julie Haywood, Joel Fishbein and Charles Burdell Williams, superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, administrators, community members, students and solicitor. 

     

    New policy to be adopted at the Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, legislative board meeting include: 

    • Policy and administrative regulation (AR) 104, Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Contract Practices, will include Policies 359, 459 and 559, Nondiscrimination in Employment (2016).
    • Policy and AR 248, Hazing.

     

    Policy revisions and consolidations up for adoption at the Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, legislative board meeting include: 

    • Policy and AR 103, Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in School and Classroom Practices (2016);
    • Policy and AR 247, Bullying, Hazing and Other Prohibited Harassment by and of Students (2017) will be changed to “Bullying and Harassment;
    • Policy and AR 303, Employment of District Staff, will be updated to include  policies and ARs 403 and 503, Employment of Administrators, Professional Employees, and Classified Employees (2016), which will be repealed. 
    • Policy and AR 348, Discriminatory Harassment (1993) will be updated to include policies and ARs 448 and 548, policies 348.1, 448.1 and 548.1, Prohibited Harassment by and of Employees and Other Members of School Community (2016), and policies 348.2, 448.2, 548.2, Harassment - Staff to Staff (1999), which will all be repealed;  
    • Policy 405, Employment of Substitute Professional Employees (1993), will be renumbered and retitled to Policy 305, “Employment of Substitutes,” in addition to being amended to include Policy 505, Employment of Substitute and Short Term Employees (1993), which will be repealed.
    • Policy 406, Employment of Summer School Staff (1993), will be renumbered to Policy 306, “Employment of Summer School Staff (1993),” and amended to include policy 504, Seasonal Employment (1999), which will be repealed;
    • Policy and AR 860, Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries with Students (2016) will be updated to include policies and ARs 360, 460 and 560, which will be repealed.

     

    Click through for detailed summaries of the policies up for adoption. 

     

    The next Policy committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at 8 a.m. due to the winter break.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation October 2020

    With co-chair Julie Haywood presiding, the Policy Committee met via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 28. Board members Joel Fishbein, Jennifer Lowman and Charles Burdell Williams were in attendance, as were superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, members of administration and district solicitor. The new policy and administrative regulation 714 “Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles” will be voted on for adoption at the Tuesday, Nov. 10 legislative board meeting, while Policy 222 “Use of Motor Vehicles (1998) will be voted on for repeal. More than a dozen other policies will be brought forth as either a first read or first read for repeal. Because of the Thanksgiving recess, the next Policy Committee meeting is Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation September 2020

    With committee co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, fellow co-chair Julie Haywood, board members Jennifer Lowman, Joel Fishbein, Charles Burdell Williams and Pam Henry, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, and administrators attending, the Policy Committee hosted its monthly meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

     The following updated policies and administrative regulations will be up for  adoption at the Tuesday, Oct. 13 legislative board meeting:

    • Policy 102 Academic Standards (1999)
    • Policy 302 Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent (1993)
    • Policy and AR 712 Service Animals (2015)
    • Policy and AR 814 Copyright Material (2015)

     The following will be up for repeal at the Tuesday, Oct. 13 legislative board meeting:

    • Policy 133 Curriculum Materials Review  (1998)
    • Policy 251 Provision of FAPE to Age 21 (2001); policy is no longer required.
    • Policy 429/529 Substitute Compensation (1993); merging of policies 429/529
    • Policy 913 Relations with Special Interest Groups (1999); merged with revised Policy 920 Non-school Organizations/Groups/Individuals
    • Policy 222 Use of Motor Vehicles (1998); will be included in new policy and AR 714 to apply to staff and students

     The following policy name change will be up for adoption at the Tuesday, Oct. 13 legislative board meeting:

    • Policy 328 Wage and Salary Determination (1993) changed to “Compensation Plans/ Salary Schedules.”
    • Policy 920 Distribution of Promotional Information (2001) change to “Non-school Organizations/Groups/Individuals”

    The next Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct, 28, 2020, and will include seven policies which must be revised due to the new Title IX regulations.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation August 2020

    The Policy Committee convened on Zoom on Wednesday, August 26. At the meeting, the Equity Policy (No. 829) was moved along as an adoption at the Tuesday, Sept. 8 legislative board meeting. Seven policies will also be presented as first read at the September legislative board meeting: No. 102 Academic Standards (1999); No. 133 Curriculum Materials Review (1998) for repeal; No. 251 Provision of FAPE to Age 21 (2001) for repeal; No. 302 Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent (1993); No. 328 Wage and Salary Determination (1993) changed to “Compensation Plans/Salary Schedules”; No. 429/529 Substitute Compensation (1993) for repeal; and No. 913 Relations with Special Interest Groups (1999) for repeal.

    Additionally, four policies will be presented as a first read and their accompanying administrative regulations (ARs) will be reviewed: No. 222 Use of Motor Vehicles (1998) change to “Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles”; No. 712 Service Animals (2015); No. 814 Copyright Material (2015); and No. 920 Distribution of Promotional Information (2001) change to Non-school Organizations/Groups/ Individuals.

    The Policy Committee meets again on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation June 2020

    With committee co-chair Dan Schultz presiding, and co-chair Julie Haywood, board members Joel Fishbein, Tyrone Scott and David Cohen, superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, solicitor and administrators in attendance, the Policy Committee convened in a Zoom seminar room for its monthly meeting Thursday, June 25, 2020. The equity policy (No. 829) was moved forward for adoption at the Tuesday, Aug. 11 legislative board meeting. Seven policies were handled as first reads: No. 712 Service Animals (2015); No. 133 Curriculum Materials Review (1998) for repeal; No. 328 Wage and Salary Determination (1993) changed to “Compensation Plans/Salary Schedules”; Nos. 429/529 Substitute Compensation (1993) for Repeal; No. 102 Academic Standards (1999); No. 251 Provision of FAPE to Age 21 (2001) for Repeal; and No. 302 Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent (1993). Administrative Regulations (ARs) for policies 712, and 814 will be listed on the August Legislative Board Agenda for review. The next Policy Committee meeting is Thursday, Aug. 26.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation May 2020

    Committee co-chairs Julie Haywood and Dan Schultz hosted board members Joel Fishbein, Tyrone Scott, Charles Burdell-Williams, Bill England and David Cohen, superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, administrators and solicitor for a virtual policy committee meeting on Wednesday, May 27. The following policies (and the year in which they were adopted or most recently updated) will be handled at the Tuesday, June 9 legislative board meeting:

              

    Policy and Administrative Regulation (AR) 215 Promotion and Retention (2013) will be adopted; Policy and AR 230 Student Competitions and Festivals (1997) will be changed to “Public Performances by Students”; Policy 235 Student Rights and Responsibilities (1999) will be repealed; Policy and AR 105.1 Curriculum Review by Parents and Students (1999) will be changed to “Review of Curriculum and Instructional Materials by Parents/Guardians and Students”; Policy and AR 105.2 Exemption from Instruction (1999) will be changed to “Exemption from Specific Instruction and/or State Assessment”; Policy and AR 108 Adoption of Textbooks (1998) will be adopted; Policy 108.1 Adoption of Supplemental Textbooks (1998) will be repealed; Policy and AR 319 Outside Activities (1992) will be adopted; Policies 419 and 519 Outside Activities (1992) will be repealed; Policy and AR 906 Public Complaints (1999) will be changed to “Formal Complaints” Policy 829  Equity will be handled as a first read. June’s virtual Policy Committee meeting is TBD. The district will alert the community once a new date has been set.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation April 2020

    The district hosted its April 22 Policy Committee meeting in a Zoom seminar room. Co-chairs Dan Schultz and Julie Haywood, committee members Joel Fishbein, Tyrone Scott and Charles Burdell-Williams, superintendent, administrators and solicitor were in attendance. The following items with their original year of adoption in parenthesis moved forward for action at the Tuesday, April 28 legislative board meeting:

     

    • Policy 115 Vocational Education (1999): Change to “Career and Technical Education”
    • Policy 213.1 Academic Failures and Make Up (1997): Repeal
    • Policy 229 Student Fundraising (1998): Adoption
    • Policy and AR 245 Student Identification Cards (2008): Adoption
    • Policy 706 Property Records (1998): Adoption
    • Policy 706.1 Disposal of District-Owned Books and Supplies (1999): Change to “Disposal of District-Owned Property”
    • Policy 706.2 Disposal of District-Owned Equipment (1999): Repeal

    The next Policy Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation February 2020

    The Policy Committee convened Thursday, Feb. 20 with co-chairs Julie Haywood and Dan Schultz, committee members Joel Fishbein and Tyrone Smith, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, administrators and solicitor in attendance. The following policies will be handled as adoptions for the March 10, legislative board meeting: Policy 119 Current Events and Controversial Issues (1989); Policy 331 Job Related Expenses (1993); Policy 331/431/531 Job Related Expenses (1993) for repeal; Policy 601 Fiscal Objectives and Procedures (1994); Policy 616 Payment of Claims (1994); Policy 811 Bonding (1995); and Policy 819 Privacy of Personal Health Information (2003) for repeal. Nine policies on the March 10 agenda will be handled as first reads: Policy 229 Student Fundraising (1998); Policy 115 Vocational Education (1999), change to “to Career and Technical Education”; Policy 213.1 Academic Failures and Make Up (1997) for repeal; Policy 215 Promotion and Retention (2013); Policy 230 Student Competitions and Festivals (1997) - change to “Public Performances by Students”; Policy 245 Student Identification Cards (2008), Policy 706 Property Records (1998); Policy 706.1 Disposal of District-Owned Books and Supplies (1999) - change to “Disposal of District-Owned Equipment”; and Policy 706.2 Disposal of District-Owned Equipment (1999) for repeal. Additionally, administrative regulations 331, 229, 601, 215, 230 and 245 will be listed on the March Board Agenda for review. The next Policy Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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  • Policy Committee Presentation Jan 2020

    The Policy Committee convened on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Committee co-chair Dan Schultz was joined by co-chair Julie Haywood, board members Joel Fishbein and Tyrone Scott, Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille, administrators and district solicitor. The following policies will be handled as adoptions for the Tuesday, Feb. 11 legislative board meeting:

     

    Policy 201 Admission of Beginners

    The board shall establish age requirements for the admission of beginning students which are consistent with statute and sound educational practice and ensure the equitable treatment of all eligible children. Beginners are students entering the lowest grade above the kindergarten level.

     

    Policy 321 Political Activities (New)

    The Board recognizes the right of its employees, as citizens, to engage in political activity. The purpose of this policy is to detail the expectations of district employees with respect to campaigning and other political activity on district property and at school-sponsored activities. This policy does not apply to students or student organizations. An administrative regulation will be created to provide the guidelines for this policy. Policies 321/421 will be repealed and combined into employee Policy 321.

     

    Policy 320 Freedom of Expression (Changed from “Freedom of Speech”)

    The board acknowledges the right of its employees, as citizens in a democratic society, to speak out on issues of public concern. When those issues are related to the district and/or its programs, however, the employee’s freedom of expression must be balanced against the interests of the district. Policies 320/420 will be repealed and combined into employee policy 320.

     

    Policy 208 Withdrawal from School (1998)

    The board affirms that while Pennsylvania law requires attendance of only students of compulsory school age, it is in the best interests of both students and the community that students complete the educational program that will equip them with useful skills and increase their chances for a successful and fulfilling life beyond the schools. Withdrawal from school shall mean the cessation of formal education prior to a student's graduation. The administrative regulation outlines the procedures to govern a student's withdrawal from school.

     

    Policy 255 No Child Left Behind Compliance for Repeal

    The No Child Left Behind legislation has been replaced and the contents of this policy are addressed by other policies.

     

    Policy 116 Tutorial Instruction (1989)

    The board recognizes some students may require special help beyond the regular classroom program. Wherever possible within the working day, district employees shall assist assigned students in the remediation of individual learning difficulties.

     

    Policy 124 Alternative Instruction Opportunities (Previously “Summer School” (1989))

    The board may grant credit toward high school graduation for course work successfully completed through approved summer school, distance learning education, online courses and dual enrollment, in accordance with this policy and applicable law.

     

    Policy 110 Instructional Supplies (1998)

    The board shall supply each staff member and student with the supplies and equipment deemed necessary for implementation of the approved educational program and students’ participation in the course of study. Examples could include, but are not limited to: Paper for classroom writing assignments; paint for the art program; and basketballs for the physical education program.

     

    There will be eight policies handled as First Reads on the agenda: 119 Current Events and Controversial Issues (1989), 331 Job Related Expenses (1993), Policies 331/431/531 Job Related Expenses (1993) for Repeal, 229 Student Fundraising (1998), 601 Fiscal Objectives and Procedures (1994), 616 Payment of Claims (1994), 811 Bonding (1995), and 819 Privacy of Personal Health Information (2003) for Repeal.

     

    Additionally, Administrative Regulations (ARs) 201, 208, 331 and 110 will be listed on the February Board Agenda for review.

     

    The next Policy Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. at the CSD Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park).

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