Policy & Legal Corner Toolbox

Leading through sound policy ensures transparent and legal operations of a school district and enables the board to stay focused on district goals.

Board/superintendent teams face a myriad of policy issues, and IASB has created several toolkits to help members do this important work. Your IASB staff consultants are a phone call or email away to assist you with using these tools. We also offer custom facilitated workshops that can help one board or a group of boards consider their work.



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Siobhan Schneider
Policy/Legal Services Director

Marte Brightman
 HR Services &Policy/Legal Services Specialist
(515) 247-7048

Policy Services

To subscribe to the IASB Policy Reference Manual or Policy Primer, or for assistance with all subscription services, email Marte Brightman or call (515) 247-7048.

Policy Reference Manual

This is the best value for school districts. The IASB Policy Reference Manual provides subscribing districts with on demand access to more than 430 sample policies, administrative regulations and exhibits needed to comply with state and federal laws—and most importantly, effectively operate a school district. Subscribers that purchase this option also receive the Policy Primer newsletter at no additional cost, which includes changes or clarifications in federal and state law plus new sample policies on emerging issues. Member Fee: $750 per year. 

Online Access: Access the online Policy Reference Manual using your username and password from any device.

Policy Primer

The changes to sample policy documents are issued to subscribing districts via the Policy Primer, an online subscription-based service that provides a detailed description of changes that have been made to IASB sample policy documents contained in the IASB Policy Reference Manual. The Policy Primer is issued to reflect changes or clarifications in federal and state law or when a new policy is added because of demand regarding emerging issues in the field. Cost: $325 per year

Online Access: Access the online Policy Primer using your username and password from any device.

IASB Sample Policy Updates Listing

View a complete listing of IASB sample policy updates including exhibits and regulations. 

Policies to be Reviewed Annually

View a listing of policies that are required to be reviewed by the board and/or administration on an annual basis.

Policy Manual Review

A policy manual review includes a side-by-side comparison of a district’s policy documents against the IASB Policy Reference Manual sample policy documents and the mandatory policy list. Upon completion, the district is provided with a list of suggested revisions to bring a district’s policy manual into legal compliance. Cost: $1200.

Custom Policy Manual Review

A custom policy manual review involves consultations with the board/superintendent team and a complete overhaul of the district’s policy manual. IASB policy staff analyze and edit the district’s policies for content and consistency through a thorough process that encourages and supports the board in achieving district goals. Cost: $7500. 

Mandatory Policies

There are certain policies mandated by state and/or federal law that school districts must adopt and keep current. Go here to use this list to ensure your board has the required policies. Subscribers should refer to the IASB Policy Reference Manual for the most recent versions. Note that your district may number policies differently than the IASB Policy Reference Manual, so districts should also verify the title.

NSBA Federal Policies Listing - Published June, 2018