The Somerville School Committee is responsible for setting and reviewing policies that govern the Somerville Public Schools. This work is overseen by the Rules Management Subcommittee. The Somerville Public Schools Policy Manual is divided into twelve sections. You can view/download each section below. Download a complete alphabetical index using the link at the bottom of this page.
Section A - Foundation and Basic Commitments - The District's legal role in providing education and the basic principles underlying school board governance. These policies provide a setting for all of the school board's other policies and regulations.
Section B - Board Governance and Operations - The School Committee -- how it is elected, how it is organized, how it conducts meetings, and how the board operates. This section includes policies establishing the board's internal operating procedures.
Section C - General School Administration - School management, administrative organization, and school building and department administration including the administrative aspect of special programs and system-wide reforms such as school- or site-based management. This section also houses personnel policies for the Superintendent and the executive team.
Section D - Fiscal Management - School finances and the management of funds, material resources, purchasing and warehousing. Policies on the financing of school construction and renovation, however, are filed in Section F - Facilities Development.
Section E - Support Services - Non-instructional services and programs, particularly those on business management such as safety, building and grounds management, office services, transportation, and food services.
Section F - Facilities Development - Policies on the financing of school construction and renovation.
Section G - Personnel - Personnel policies for all school employees except for the Superintendent and the executive team.
Section H - Negotiations - Policies related to contract negotiations.
Section I - Instruction - The instructional program: basic curricular subjects, special programs, instructional resources, evaluation of programs, and academic achievement.
Section J - Students - Admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline, health and welfare, and school-related activities.
Section K - School Community Relations - Parent and community involvement in schools. Statements on public sector relations with the District, except for policies concerning education agencies.
Section L - Education Agencies Relations - contains policies, regulations, and exhibits on the school district's relationship with other educational agencies including other school systems, private schools, colleges and universities, education research organizations, and state and national education agencies.