Board Policy Review

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Board Policy Review

One of the Olympia School Board's responsibilities is to establish policies, which are essentially the governing documents by which the Olympia School District operates. Board-approved policies are based on laws and regulations. Procedures are developed by administrative staff to implement Board-adopted policies.


School board sets goal to review policies in 2017-18

During its annual board retreat in summer 2017, the Olympia School Board set the following goal for the 2017-18 school year:

By September 15, New School Board shakes hands with OHS students2017, engage the services of the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) to provide the School District with a review of its board policies as a preliminary step in the work of completing a full policy and procedure update by June 2018.

Board welcomes input on policy review process

The board welcomes and invites student, staff and  community input during the policy review process.


  •  The public is welcome to comment about policies or other topics of interest during Olympia School Board meetings. Time is set aside for public comment near the start of open board meetings, and those who wish to speak are asked to sign in on a form placed near the entrance to each meeting. See a list of 2017-18 board meetings. Learn more about the protocol for speaking during public board meetings. 

  • Students, staff and the community are welcome to email comments or questions about the policies being reviewed to a district email address especially created for this current board policy review process. The following email is monitored daily, and questions will be answered in the order they are received:

  • Contact Pam Barker, executive assistant to the Olympia School District Superintendent, at 360-596-6114.

  • Email or call Olympia School Board members directly. Contact information for board members, including their phone numbers and email addresses, is featured with their photos on the Board of Directors Web page.


This Web page will be updated regularly to inform the community about what policies are currently being reviewed by the Olympia School Board. The district's compilation of policies is divided into "series," including:


  • 1000 series - Board of Directors

  • 2000 series - Instruction

  • 3000 series - Students

  • 4000 series - Community Relations

  • 5000 series - Personnel

  • 6000 series - Management Support


View a compilation of board policies and procedures  


What policies have already come before the board, and which ones are currently before the board for review?

In fall 2017, the Olympia School Board reviewed and approved revisions to the Policy 1000 series, which addresses the work of the Board of Directors.

Directors are currently reviewing the 4000 (Community Relations) policy series. Once complete, they will move to another policy series. While the board's focus is currently on the 4000 series, it also occasionally reviews a policy in another series. Those are listed below along with those in the 4000 series.

Policy revisions are based on a variety of input from sources including WSSDA representatives, school district personnel and the school district's legal counsel.

Current policies before the board include:


We thank you for your interest in the board's policy review process. If you have any questions or comments about the policies listed above, please send them to the email especially designated for this policy review process:


How does the board policy review work?

Each policy requires a minimum of two readings (reviews) by the Olympia School Board before it can be considered for approval. Typically, policies come before the school board for a "first reading," or a first review, at a public board meeting. The same policies typically return for a second reading, followed by possible board action, at the next regularly-scheduled school board meeting. However, if there is more time needed for discussion or questions about a specific policy, the second reading may be postponed to a future meeting.