2024 Newsletter 4 – From the Executive Director
News2024 Newsletter 4 – From the Executive Director

As your Executive Director, it is imperative for me to address some misconceptions surrounding the compliance-based policy services provided by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion regarding the nature of our sample policies and the flexibility they offer to individual boards.

First and foremost, I want to emphasize that when you subscribe to our compliance-based policy services, you are not simply adopting a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, VSBA provides sample policies that are meticulously crafted by attorneys to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. These samples serve as a foundation upon which each board can build policies tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.

It is crucial to understand that the key word here is “sample.” These policies are not rigid templates, but rather starting points designed to guide boards in creating policies that align with their division’s requirements and comply with the law. At VSBA, we firmly believe in the principle of local control, recognizing that each board is best equipped to determine the policies that serve the interests of their community.

It is also important to note that VSBA employs two in-house attorneys who specialize in policy services. These legal experts are dedicated to ensuring that the sample policies provided are legally sound and compliant with state mandates. Their expertise is at your disposal to provide guidance and clarification as needed.

Furthermore, I want to dispel any notion that subscribing to our services restricts your ability to modify the sample policies. On the contrary, we encourage boards to customize the sample policies to suit their unique circumstances. There is nothing in our service agreement that prevents you from making modifications or additions to the sample policies provided. Your autonomy in shaping your board’s policies is paramount, and we respect and support your right to do so.

I want to reaffirm our commitment to empowering local boards with the resources and support they need to govern effectively. Our sample compliance-based policy services are intended to facilitate this process by offering sound legal guidance and expertise while allowing for providing boards the necessary flexibility to adapt policies to local needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding our compliance-based policy services, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, Elizabeth Ewing, or Lesley Rigney on staff. Your success is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Thanks for all that you do!