Adoption, Amendment, Repeal or Suspension - Policies 1-32

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Bylaw 1-32

SCHOOL BOARD BYLAWS

Adoption, Amendment, Repeal or Suspension - Policies

  1. Approval for Content/Sufficiency

    When policies are submitted to the School Board for consideration, they shall first have been reviewed by a member of the School Administration designated by the Superintendent and familiar with or responsible for the aspect of school operations affected by the policy. In the event the policy is recommended by School Administration, the administrator reviewing the policy shall sign the policy "approved for content" and date the signature.

    Before a policy is presented to the School Board for adoption, it shall be submitted to School Board Legal Counsel for legal review and, if School Board Legal Counsel finds it is legally sufficient, School Board Legal Counsel shall sign the policy as "legally sufficient" and date the signature.

    By signing a policy "approved as to content," an administrator represents to the School Board that the administrator has read the policy, believes it is workable in the School Division, and the School Administration recommends adoption. When School Board Legal Counsel signs a policy as "legally sufficient," School Board Legal Counsel is only certifying that the policy complies with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations. School Board Legal Counsel is not indicating approval of the content of the policy from an educational or business standpoint. Absence of one or both signatures should alert the School Board to ask questions of the Superintendent or School Board Legal Counsel.

    All policies will be submitted to the Policy Review Committee for review and recommendation before being submitted to the School Board for approval.

  2. Format for Presentation

    When policy revisions are submitted to the School Board for consideration, the draft presented shall show previous policy language proposed to be eliminated by strike-outs and proposed new language by underlining in order that language to be eliminated and added is clear. The Superintendent or designee is authorized to make scrivener’s changes to any Bylaw or policy or regulation when a mistake or grammatical error or formatting style is evident and such changes do not materially affect the content of the Bylaw or policy or regulation and will inform the Policy Review Committee of such Bylaw or policy changes.

  3. Adoption, Amendment, and Repeal

    Requests to adopt, amend or repeal a policy should be submitted to School Board Members and to the Superintendent or designee in writing prior to the School Board meeting at which such proposed action will be reviewed or discussed. A vote for adoption shall take place at a subsequent meeting of the School Board unless the School Board by a majority vote moves to approve the policy at that meeting. A majority vote of the School Board Members present at the meeting will be needed for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a policy.

    1. Requests to adopt, amend or repeal a policy should be submitted to School Board Members and to the Superintendent or designee in writing prior to the School Board meeting at which such proposed action will be reviewed or discussed.
    2. A vote for adoption, amendment or repeal, shall take place at a subsequent meeting of the School Board. A majority vote of the School Board Members present at the meeting will be needed for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a policy.
    3. The School Board may adopt, amend, or repeal a policy by an affirmative vote of seven of the School Board Members if there are eleven School Board Members present at the meeting or an affirmative vote of a majority plus one.
  4. Suspension

    Policies may be suspended in whole or in part by the School Board upon a majority vote of the School Board Members present at the meeting when, prior to the start of the Informal/Workshop session of the Meeting or the Formal Meeting if there is no scheduled Informal/Workshop session, eight hours’ notice of the proposed suspension has been provided in writing or upon a unanimous vote of the School Board Members present at the meeting when no such written notice has been given.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:7, as amended. Standard 7. Policy manual.

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

Adopted by School Board: July 21, 1992
Amended by School Board: August 17, 1999
Amended by School Board: February 20, 2001
Amended by School Board: December 2, 2008
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2016
Amended by School Board: September 28, 2021
Amended by School Board: October 26, 2021