Policy Formulation 1-31

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Bylaw 1-31


Policy Formulation

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach, representing the people of the community, is the legislative body for the school division which determines all questions of general policy to be employed in the conduct of the public schools, as such; it is the responsibility of the School Board to adopt policies for governing schools. The power to enact policy cannot be delegated to an employee or agent such as the Superintendent or to a single Member of the School Board.

Policy is a basic statement of the intent of the School Board which creates rights and responsibilities for the conduct of the School Division's business. Being of a dynamic nature, policies are subject to revision by the School Board.

Proposals shall be developed and presented to the School Board regarding policies and operations and may originate from any of several sources such as a citizen, parent, employee, Member of the School Board, Superintendent, or others as determined by the School Board. The final authority for adoption rests solely with the School Board.

Action on such proposals, whatever their source, is taken finally by the School Board in accordance with its Bylaws after due consideration and recommendations by the Superintendent or special committees of the School Board, if appropriate. Unless otherwise provided, when policies are amended or repealed, the new or revised policy shall become effective upon adoption.

When changes in policy are made, these shall be prepared, notification provided to the public and staff and placed on the School Division website. It is the obligation of the Superintendent and staff to familiarize themselves with and follow School Board policies and regulations.

Regulation is the manner or method of implementation of policy by the Superintendent, subject to change as conditions and/or circumstances may dictate. Regulations shall be consistent with policies adopted by the School Board.

Editor's Note

See Policy 2-19, Administrative Action in Absence of Policy

Code of Virginia § 22.1-78, as amended. Bylaws and regulations.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:7, as amended. Standard 7. School board policies.

School Board Policy 2-19

Adopted by School Board: July 21, 1992
Amended by School Board: February 20, 2001
Amended by School Board: December 2, 2008
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2016