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Escondido Union ESD |  BB  9310  Board Bylaws

Board Policies   

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The Board of Education shall adopt written policies to convey its expectations for actions that will be taken in the district, clarify roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent, and communicate board philosophy and positions to students, staff, parents/guardians, and the community.

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The board shall ensure that district policies align with the district's vision and goals, promote student learning and achievement, provide for consistent and fair treatment of students and staff, and proactively address equity and the provision of equal access to opportunities for all students.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0415 - Equity)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

The board recognizes the importance of maintaining a policy manual that is up to date and reflects the mandates of law. Board policies are binding on the district to the extent that they do not conflict with federal or state law and are consistent with the district's collective bargaining agreements. No board policy, bylaw, or administrative regulation, or any portion thereof, shall be operative if it is found to be in conflict with applicable federal or state law or regulations or court decisions. If any portion of a policy is found to be invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions of the policy.

(cf. 2210 - Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy)

Policies shall be regularly reviewed at a time allocated for this purpose on the agenda of public board meetings.

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

(cf. 9322 - Agendas/Meeting Materials)

The board shall review certain policies annually, as required by Education Code 35160.5. If no revisions are deemed necessary, the board minutes shall nevertheless indicate that the review was conducted. Other policies shall be monitored and reviewed as specified in the policy itself or as needed to reflect changes in law or district circumstances.

(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities)

Policy Development and Adoption Process

Staff will review policies regularly in conjunction with mailings received from the district's policy provider, California School Boards Association (CSBA), Manual Maintenance Service. Policies will be updated to reflect changes in law or district circumstances and will be brought Board before the board for their review, adoption, and/or approval at a regularly scheduled board meeting. Board policies and bylaws will have a first and second reading at separate meetings, with action being taken at the second reading. By a majority vote, the board may waive a second reading and take action at the first reading, or the board may ask for an additional reading before taking action.

The board may hold discussions during a public board meeting to gain an understanding of the issue and provide initial direction to the superintendent or designee. The discussion may include, but not be limited to, community expectations, staff recommendations, and the expected impact of the policy on student learning and well-being, equity, governance, and the district's fiscal resources and operational efficiency.

The board or superintendent may request that legal counsel review the draft policy as appropriate.

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

Only policies formally adopted by a majority vote of the board shall constitute official board policy.

(cf. 9323.2 - Actions by the Board)

The district's policy development process may be revised or expanded as needed based on the issue being considered, the need for more information, or the desire to provide greater opportunities for consultation and public input.

Policies shall become effective upon board adoption or at a future date if so designated by the board at the time of adoption.

Board Bylaws

The board shall prescribe and enforce rules for its own governance consistent with state law and regulations. (Education Code 35010)

Bylaws governing board operations may be developed, adopted, and amended following the same procedures as those used for the adoption or amendment of board policy.

Administrative Regulations

The superintendent or designee shall be responsible for developing and enforcing administrative regulations for the operation of the district. Administrative regulations shall be consistent with law and board policy and shall be designed to promote the achievement of district goals and objectives. Administrative regulations may describe specific actions to be taken, roles and responsibilities of staff, timelines, and/or other provisions. The superintendent Board or designee may also develop procedures manuals, handbooks, or other guides to ensure that they carry out the intent of the board policy.

When board policies are amended, the superintendent or designee shall review corresponding administrative regulations to ensure that they conform to the intent of the revised policy. In the case of conflict between the regulation and the board policy, the policy will prevail.

The board may review administrative regulations for the purpose of ensuring conformity with the intent of board policy; however, does not approve them.

Access to Policies

The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the community and all district employees have access to up-to-date board policies. A public copy of the manual shall be maintained in the superintendent's office at the education center. The district maintains a membership to the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Manual Maintenance Service. Through this service, the district's policies, regulations, bylaws, and/or exhibits can be accessed. To access the documents, all interested stakeholders will need to have an identification name and a password. This login information can be obtained by contacting the superintendent's office. To view the policies online, the web address is Also, there is a link provided on the district's web site at

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

As necessary, the superintendent or designee shall notify staff, parents/guardians, students, and other stakeholders whenever a policy that affects them is adopted or revised. He/she may determine the appropriate communication strategy depending on the issue. Policies shall be posted on the district's web site when required by law.

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 4112.9, 4212.9, 4312.9 - Employee Notifications)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

Legal Reference:


35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.5 Annual review of school district policies

35163 Official actions, minutes and journal

35164 Vote requirements

Management Resources:


CSBA, Policy Services, including Policy Update Service, Governance and Management Using Technology (GAMUT Online), Policy Review Program, Individual District Policy Workshops, Agenda Online, and Manual Maintenance:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California

revised: April 14, 2005

revised: September 6, 2007

revised: April 14, 2016

revised: September 13, 2018