Policy Governance

The School Board sets Policy Governance policies, which focus on results or “ends” – what Bellingham School District graduates should know, understand and be able to do. By governing at this level, the Board avoids micro-managing the work of the district. Instead, the School Board holds the superintendent accountable for implementing the Board’s vision by monitoring results through the use of data, reports and focused discussions. The work of the School Board includes listening to the public and gathering their feedback about goals, standards and progress through community outreach linkages.

District Policy Manual

The following are administrative policies and procedures, which are set by the superintendent and administrative staff. Many of these policies and procedures are required by state law.

During the school year, district policies and procedures will continue to be updated. This renumbering many policies to more closely align with the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) sample policies.

Operating Policies

Instructional Program

Student Progress

Admission and Attendance

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Welfare

Communications with the Public

Public Access to Staff, Students, School Facilities

Employment Practices




Capital Assets