The TSBA Policy Department provides educational, administrative, organizational, and legal assistance to provide your board with consistent, effective, and current policies that comply with the applicable statutory and/or regulatory requirements. Currently 126 out of 141 Tennessee school districts subscribe to TSBA’s Policy Service. Click here to view the list of subscribers.
The TSBA Policy Service is a member of the American Association of State Policy Services (AASPS), which provides access to a wide variety of policy information from other states.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DO TSBA MEMBER BOARDS RECEIVE FROM THE POLICY DEPT?
- Model policies required by law, upon request.
- Timely notification in the event of statutory/regulatory changes that require the development of policies.
HOW ARE POLICIES DEVELOPED?
Policies are developed as laws change, court cases are decided, State Board Rules change, and attorney general opinions are written. Sometimes, policies are developed based upon suggestions from school systems or other stakeholders, and we always welcome your input and suggestions.
WHAT POLICIES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW?
A list of Policies Required By Law is maintained so that you can ensure that your policy manual is in complete compliance.
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH TSBA?
We offer a number of fee-based services and products to policy subscribers. These services include:
Customized Policy Manual Development:
This service is designed to help boards develop or completely revamp a policy manual. We begin by reviewing your board’s current policy manual while having someone with your school district complete a questionnaire. After learning the operations and specifics of a system, we draft recommendations for new policies that will encompass the goals and priorities of the system while complying with state and federal laws and regulations. We deliver the recommended policies along with explanations and legal authorities for each, and then we assist your board with changes prior to adoption. This customized policy service also includes one year of policy maintenance at no charge.
Policy Manual Maintenance:
After a manual is customized, the board may sign up for our policy maintenance service. As your board adopts new policies or amends current policies, we will review the changes to ensure compliance with the law and suggest changes if needed. As an additional part of this service, subscribing boards will receive regular legal updates and recommendations regarding policies throughout the year.
Policy re-customization involves TSBA attorneys reviewing a current policy subscriber’s manual and making recommendations to bring it up-to-date. This option is designed to help if your board’s policy manual has not been consistently updated, or if the board is interested in an objective review. This is a great option for a board that would like assistance in reviewing its entire manual for clarity, consistency, and legal compliance. Since this is an option for boards that are already policy subscribers, the pricing will be pro-rated based on the current contract.
As an additional service to our maintenance subscribers, we offer an online service. This service provides the opportunity for an online manual which is completely hosted and updated by TSBA. With a simple email to submit your changes, the updated policies will be uploaded to your online manual to ensure that your communities have online access to your current manual.
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