MSBA Policy Services gives school districts and charter schools access to the MSBA/MASA Model Policy Manual, a comprehensive legal guide to be used in the efficient management of all aspects of the school system.
The MSBA/MASA Policy Manual is a joint product of the Minnesota School Boards Association and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Model policies are carefully examined by the Ratwik, Rozak, and Maloney law firm to insure compliance with federal and Minnesota laws.
Most school districts and charter schools do not have the time and personnel to develop a comprehensive policy manual that includes policies, administrative regulations, and forms organized into helpful categories. In addition, school districts and charter schools would require substantial legal assistance to develop policies on their own. A Model Policy Manual subscription is much more cost effective for school districts and charter schools than policies developed and revised by their own legal counsel. For these and other reasons, more than 370 MSBA members subscribe to the MSBA/MASA Model Policy Manual.
Model Policy Manual subscribers must be MSBA members or associate members. The initial subscription cost for the MSBA/MASA Model Policy Manual is $2,000. Please be sure to include the designated contact person in your district or charter school.
If your district or charter school wishes to subscribe to MSBA Policy Services, please complete this application form and submit a payment of $2,000.
Renewal: Policy Services enrollment may be renewed at an annual cost for subsequent years. The current renewal rate is $750.
A number of school board policies are mandatory and are necessary to meet the requirements of state or federal law. State and federal agencies look for the mandatory school board policies during accreditation visits, financial audits, investigations and as contingencies prior to the release of funds. Access the Mandatory Policy list.
MSBA Model Student Handbook
MSBA’s Model Student Handbook helps school districts provide information and required notices to students and parents or guardians. Access information here about signing up for the MSBA Model Student Handbook.
Minnesota law requires that the following be in a student handbook:
- Hazing Policy (must be in student handbook)
- Bullying Prohibition Policy (must be in student handbook)
- Violence and Harassment Policy (must be in student handbook)
- Pesticide Notice (must be in student handbook or official school policy guide)
- Pledge of Allegiance law (must be in student handbook)
- Background Check information (an approved means of providing the notice
For other required notices, school districts and charter schools can refer to the MSBA 2023-24 Annual Mandatory Parents Notifications chart. The MSBA Model Student Handbook incorporates a number of policies and other items as a means of providing the required notices. Schools may choose to provide notices in a method other than a student handbook if the law permits options (please see the Notifications chart).
MSBA/MASA Model Policy Manual
The full catalog of MSBA/MASA model policies, as well as revision history and redline versions. A school district or charter school must be a policy service subscriber to access this manual. Access the MSBA/MASA Policies.
An MSBA Policy Audit may be a helpful step for Minnesota school districts and charter schools seeking a comprehensive review of current policies. MSBA will analyze the existing policies and create an informative Audit Report setting forth suggested revisions and updates. In addition, MSBA will provide comments if questions arise. The MSBA Policy Audit fee is $1,200.
Policy Services Newsletter
Members of Policy Services receive Policy Services Newsletters providing updates on the latest policy developments. Access the latest editions of the Policy Services Newsletter.
When policy updates occur, MSBA provides editable redlines so districts and charter schools can easily see what has changed. Access the most recent editable redlines under Policy Manual in the Policy section of the Resource Library.
School Districts: To access the June 2023 Policy Revisions in one downloadable file, please click here.
Charter Schools: To access the June 2023 Charter School Policy Updates in one downloadable file, please click here.
Note: Policy 504 (Student Dress and Appearance) is now available. Please go to Resources Library—District Policies/Charter Policies and download Policy 504. The extensive changes and the nature of the alternatives and explanations led MSBA to not include a redline version.
1. Policy 604–Instructional Curriculum–is updated to remove the Civics Test requirement, which is no longer required under Minnesota law (July 5, 2023)
2. Policy 601–Curriculum and Instructional Goals–is updated to add a Note explaining the two effective dates related to Articles III and IV. (July 14, 2023)
3. Policy 620–Credit for Learning–is updated to remove the new provision (under Art. III, E.) regarding faith statements following a court’s preliminary injunction prohibiting the provision. (July 20, 2023)
4. Policy 406 – Public and Private Personnel Data—MSBA added provisions regarding labor organizations’ access to personnel data (Article V. F) (August 1, 2023)
5. Policy 427 – Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers—MSBA removed the word ‘number’ from the introductory note to align with newly-enacted Minnesota law. In conjunction with this change, MSBA added other examples of inherent managerial authority stated in Minnesota law. (August 1, 2023)
Council of School Attorneys (COSA)
MSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) is an organization of more than 60 Minnesota lawyers who represent school boards. COSA’s purpose is to develop and strengthen the legal representation of the state’s school boards. Learn more about COSA.