The New Jersey School Boards Association’s Policy Unit and Legal Department continue to review policies as part of the sunset of the Critical Policy Reference Manual (CPRM). This month there are some minor changes to three policies, while two other policies, 3100 Budget Planning and Preparation and 3542.1 Wellness and Nutrition, have been overhauled.

Critical Policy Reference Manual (School Districts) The following policies were revised:

1330 Use of School Facilities – The definition of smoking was updated to include electronic smoking devices.

3100 Budget Planning and Preparation – The policy was overhauled. The contents of the budget were updated to be more consistent with law. Sections added on: Budget Adoption and Submission, Budget Hearing, Public Notification of the Budget, and Appropriation of Funds.

3510 Operation and Maintenance of Plant – A sentence on equal and bias-free access to school facilities was added.

3515 Smoking Prohibition – The definition of smoking was updated to include electronic smoking devices.

3542.1 Wellness and Nutrition – Paragraph 3 was edited to refer to the school goals. In first bullet list, “G” and the paragraph following “G” were added. Sections were deleted, entitled: All Schools, Elementary Schools, and Middle and High Schools. Sections were added for compliance with the federal guidelines, entitled: Committee Review, Triennial Assessment, Physical Activity, Record Keeping Requirements, and Marketing. The section entitled General School District Requirements was edited.

Critical Policy Reference Manual (Charter Schools) The following policies were revised:

1330 Use of School Facilities – The definition of smoking was updated to include electronic smoking devices.

3100 Budget Planning and Preparation – The policy was overhauled. The contents of the budget were updated to be more consistent with law.

3510 Operation and Maintenance of Plant – A sentence on equal and bias-free access to school facilities was added.

3515 Smoking Prohibition – The definition of smoking was updated to include electronic smoking devices.

3542.1 Wellness and Nutrition – Paragraph 3 was edited to refer to the school goals. In first bullet list, “G” and the paragraph following “G” were added. Sections were deleted, enitled: All Schools, Elementary Schools, and Middle and High Schools. Sections were added for compliance with the federal guidelines, entitled: Committee Review, Triennial Assessment, Physical Activity, Recordkeeping Requirements, and Marketing. The section entitled General School District Requirements was edited.

You may directly download these policy updates from the Critical Policy Reference Manual (CPRM) district or charter versions or the Policy Update List on your password protected Policy Resources webpage. You may also contact a policy consultant at (609)278-5268, or email policy consultant Jean Harkness at jharkness@njsba.org, or Steve McGettigan, Policy Manager at smcgettigan@njsba.org.

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