Forget the End: Get a Fresh Start to Next School Year with a New & Improved Student/Parent Handbook

In the third and final installment of “The End Is Here” series, I encourage you to utilize the summer break to review and update your school's student/parent handbook.

Schools provide student/parent handbooks for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the handbook addresses logistics. For example, when the school day starts and ends, where to drop off and pick up students, the school calendar, dress code policy, and attendance requirements. Other times, the handbook includes any and all annual parent notices, and student-related policies to manage in once place all the information an administrator, student or parent will need. Whichever purpose your school's student/parent handbook serves, ensure it provides helpful, accurate, and legally compliant information.

Some basic tips for producing your school's student/parent handbook:

  1. Do not borrow wholesale content from another school’s handbook. Doing this can lead to inconsistencies with your school’s or school district’s policies and procedures.

  2. Do review other student/parent handbooks to decide the purpose the best fits your school. Education World published some excellent ideas and examples in their article, “Put ‘Punch’ Into Your Parent Handbook.”

  3. Review your school’s handbook to ensure it satisfies the intended purpose. Update and amend, as needed.

  4. Include your school’s mission and vision. Sharing this information adds to your parents’ and students’ knowledge about the unique aspects of your educational program.

  5. Conduct an annual legal review. Such a review may take a while the first time it happens. Each year thereafter, your attorney will only have to check for updates, ensuring your handbook remains consistent with ever changing laws applicable to public schools.

If these tips leave you scratching your head or worried that you need more information, the Law Offices of Megan M. Moore can assist.

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