Policies

The Needham Public Schools are governed by federal, state, and local laws and policies. The Needham School Committee is responsible for ensuring that the School Department complies with state and federal statutes and for developing and maintaining policies. The official version of the school district's policies is maintained in the office of the Superintendent of Schools. In the event of a conflict between an electronic text and the official version, the official version will prevail. All policies (paper copies) are available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Superintendent's Office
  • Needham Public Library
SECTION
POLICY
TOPIC DESCRIPTION
FOUNDATIONS AND BASIC COMMITMENTS
Policies relating to the district's legal role in providing public education and the underlying principals on which the district operates.
SCHOOL BOARD GOVERNANCE & OPERATIONS
Policies relating to the School Board - how it is elected, organized, how it conducts its meetings and its operating procedures.
GENERAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
Policies relating to school district management, administrative structure, school building and department administration; personnel policies pertaining to the superintendent.
FISCAL MANAGEMENT
Policies relating to district fiscal affairs and the management of district funds.
SUPPORT SERVICES
Policies relating to non-instructional services and programs such as safety, buildings, transportation and food services.
FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT
Policies relating to school construction and facilities renovations and planning.
PERSONNEL
Policies relating to personnel on topics of all employees, including staff development, personnel records, and evaluations.
NEGOTIATIONS
Policies relating to negotiating with staff units recognized by the school board.
INSTRUCTION
Policies relating to instructional programs, activities, instructional resources, and academic achievement.
STUDENTS
Policies relating to students: admission, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, and health and welfare services.
SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Policies concerning relations with the general public and with other community and public agencies.
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