Background

Since 2011, the Board of Trustees has been committed to undertaking a revision of its policies. In 2012-2013, the Board worked with an external firm called Les sentiers du leadership to pursue the work on this revision. Since then, the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique has been continuing the process of revising its policies, which govern its conduct in the areas of governance, philosophy, delegation of authority, curriculum and performance, learning environments and student services, work environments, relations with families, partners and communities, communication, technology and IT, finance, business and transportation, and school facilities and maintenance.

Why a revision?

When it was established, the Conseil scolaire francophone adopted a policy format that effectively met its needs at the time. As the CSF grew, it was not possible to maintain the same standard for the format of its policies. As a result, the CSF has undertaken to revise its policies in order to adapt them to a more widely-used model that better responds to current practices and will ensure consistency in the form of future policies. Some policies will hardly change at all, some will be removed, some will become administrative guidelines, and the Board of Trustees will complete its new toolkit by creating contemporary policies, for example the new policy P-601 Harcèlement, intimidation et discrimination en milieu de travail which reflect the current reality of staff members.

Methodology used for the revision

Throughout the review, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board make a distinction between a policy’s broad goals and its implementation. Until now, these two aspects have been covered in a single document, and this is the format of the policies currently in force.

New Policy format

Under the new format, everything dealing with the broad goals of a policy is set out in a single document: the policy. The format for presenting a policy has changed to better align with the exercise.

What is a Policy?

A policy is a statement adopted by the Board of Trustees that serves as a frame of reference for developing an action plan in keeping with the mission and values of the CSF. Policies reflect the legal framework, best practices, and the needs and preferences of our school community. All elected members of the CSF Board of Trustees constitute the deciding authority. Policies may include general guidelines for those responsible for their implementation.

What is an administrative guideline?

Each policy will be accompanied by a second document, entitled «Administrative Guidelines», which will demonstrate the implementation of the policy. For example, there will be a policy on “The Learning Environment” and the administrative guidelines will set out what should be done in case of violence, intimidation or the possession of weapons, measures to be taken in case of food allergies, how food and drink should be sold, and so on. An administrative guideline is flexible and can be adapted to current practices.

How can you get involved?

You, the parents and guardians and CSF staff and community partners, can participate in the consultation by filling out the form that accompanies each policy under review.

You should receive the CSF form from the organization you belong to (your union, PAC or community organization). Write your comments on it and return it to the sender (union or community organization), who will compile the responses they receive and send them on to the CSF.