Handbooks

Handbooks

We hear about how some school administrators update their handbooks:

Hit and Miss Approach: Research best ideas from colleague institutions.

  1. Are they truly the best, most current policies?
  2. Do they apply to your community and location?
  3. How long will it take to synthesize all the findings?

Sit Tight and Hope Approach: Delay the project another year because the budget is tight.

  1. Will you end up paying more when conflicting policies become the source of litigation?
  2. Do you miss a year of potential prevention education through well-crafted policies?
  3. Do you truly expect to have room in the budget next
    year?

If you want a highly successful, education-centered approach…
The COS process is different from hiring a law firm.

We blend and apply legal expertise and educational perspectives.

  • We produce legally-sound and educationally-focused policies.
  • We ensure compliance with state and federal laws and mandates.
  • We stay in budget and meet deadlines.
  • We synchronize policies across multiple divisions and throughout your literature.

10 Questions to Ask Your Handbook

  1. What is your policy regarding faculty members “friending” parents of students through social media outlets?
  2. Do you take a consistent jurisdictional position for off-campus policy violations, from underage alcohol use to cyberbullying?
  3. Does a policy address what happens if a current parent posts negative comments about your school online?
  4. What is the policy for posting photographs or videos of your students at school events by parents on their own for-profit, professional websites?
  5. Can an employee use his school-provided e-mail to correspond with your families about rates for his tutoring business?
  6. What videos from YouTube can be used in class?
  7. What is the procedure for confiscating personally-owned technology devices?
  8. What is the policy on using your school’s logo online by parents, teachers, and/or students?
  9. Do students and/or employees accused of a policy violation have access to their school-provided e-mail accounts?
  10. What technology-based activities (political and commercial) by your students and/or employees would jeopardize your 501(c)3 status?

If you do not have policies on these issues, and wonder what else you might be missing, we provide Student and Employee Handbook review, editing, updating, and writing services.

Our Review Team consists of experienced attorneys, policy experts, psychologists, character education specialists, and highly-skilled writers.

We craft comprehensive, up-to-date policies that are legally sound and unique to your school’s mission.

What We Can Offer Your Institution

  • Entire Family Handbook
  • Entire Employee Handbook
  • Model Employee Contract
  • Model Consultant Contract
  • Model Family Enrollment Contract
  • Model Release for Videotaping and Use of Video by School
  • Model Release for Artistic Works Use (by your faculty, students, and school website)
  • Model Incident Report From for Incidents of Sexual Misconduct and Sensitive Policy Violations
  • Model Release for Photo/Image Acquisition and Use by School
  • Responsible Use of Digital Media Policy for Students in Grades K-8
  • Model Incident Report Form for Technology-Related Misconduct
  • Responsible Use of Digital Media Policy for Students in Grades 9-12
  • Waiver Release for Parents about Personal Technological Devices Brought to School
  • Responsible Use of Digital Media Policy for Employees and Consultants
  • Waiver Release for Parents for their Children to Utilize the Internet for School Projects and Homework Assignments
  • Privacy and Confidentiality Statement for E-mail Transmissions (stopgap before you have more robust portal system)
  • Checklist for Crisis Response to Sensitive Crimes and Policy Violations for All Staff and Employees
  • Terms and Conditions of Use for School Website (more encompassing than what you currently have)

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