Policies & Procedures for Private-Independent Schools

Policies & Procedures for Private-Independent Schools
Policies & Procedures for Private-Independent Schools

Don't leave it to chance—written policies and procedures ensure that your school is on mission and is abiding by the latest laws and minimizing risk. Policies & Procedures for Private-Independent Schools, a collection of relevant articles from ISM's advisory letters, provides the knowledge and the techniques you need to review and update your existing policies and develop new ones in the areas of human resources, privacy, safety, finance, gift acceptance, and more.

Table of Contents

  • The Board Policy Manual
  • Your Strategic Financial Policy Document: A Sample
  • Governance and Fiscal Vigilance
  • Revisit Your Conflict-of-Interest Policy
  • A Due Diligence Checklist for Boards of Trustees
  • When Parents Complain—What’s a Board Member to Do?
  • Review Your School’s Capitalization Policy
  • Auxiliary Income and Unrelated Business Income Tax
  • Elements of a Sound Investment Policy
  • Align Tuition Assistance Policy and Philosophy With Your Goals
  • A Gift Acceptance Policy Manual: Why You Need One and What It Should Contain
  • Ethics and School Fraud
  • Noncustodial Parent Policies
  • When and How Can You ‘Fire’ a Parent?
  • Anecdotal Notes vs. Student Permanent Records
  • Student Discipline, Policies, and Risks
  • Child Abuse Law and Mandatory Reporting Procedures
  • Revisit Your School’s Policies Concerning Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment Policy: Legal Issues and Cultural Benefits
  • Sexual Orientation, Harassment, and Victimization: Establish a Safe Environment
  • Addressing Bullying and Sexual Misconduct
  • The School Safety and Security Committee
  • Establish a ‘Key’ Policy/Security System
  • Search and Seizure Policies and Procedures
  • Random Drug Testing Policies for Students
  • Review Your School’s Infectious Disease Policy
  • Nut-Free or Not Nut-Free: That Is the Question
  • School Head and Board Roles in Shaping an Effective Employee Handbook
  • Review Your Employee Handbook: Protect Your School and Promote Your Culture
  • Pre-Employment Screening Essential in Hiring
  • Social Media and Background Checks
  • Faculty and Staff Use of Social Media: Sample Policy
  • Federal Rules Spur Need to Review E-mail and Internet Policies
  • Predictability, Support, and Protection: Establishing a Corrective Action Policy
  • Moonlighting: What to Do When Part-Time Jobs Clash With School Culture
  • What The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Means for Private Schools: Rectifying Past and Present Pay Discrimination
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Getting Overtime Right
  • Full-Time vs. Part-Time Benefits: Where Can You Draw the Line?
  • HIPAA and Section125: Are You In Compliance?
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Updates and Reminders for Private-Independent Schools
  • Maternity Leave and FMLA: The Differences
  • Paid Leave Banks: Compassionate or Risky?
  • Conflict-Resolution Policy Emphasizes Employees’ Responsibility
  • Terminating At-Will or Under Contract: Fairness and Due Process Are What Count
  • Avoid the Pitfalls When You Must Downsize
  • Requests for Employee Information: Set Your Policy!
  • Some Jobs Aren’t Made for Volunteers!
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