Charter School Governing Board Sample Policies

A repository of customizable
policies for California
charter schools.


What are the Sample Policies?

CSDC's Charter School Governing Board Sample Policies is a repository of some of the policies California charter schools are required or otherwise ought to have in place.

CSDC’s team of charter experts created these policies so that California charter school leaders would have a starting point for the policy drafting and adoption process.

Who has access to the Sample Policies?

CSDC's Charter School Governing Board Sample Policies are available to personnel currently employed by CSDC Member schools.

To access the Policies, CSDC Members must have an account on this website. If you have a CSDC Member account but have forgotten your username or password, please click here. If you are unsure whether you have a CSDC Member account or need to create one, please contact us so we can create and affiliate your account with the correct CSDC Member school.

Status Updates

Because CSDC's charter school experts often post updates to these policies, we'd recommend that CSDC Members who have access to the Policies monitor their email inboxes and/or this webpage for the latest updates.

CSDC creates these policies so that they might be applicable to the broadest possible audience; please consult qualified legal counsel for policies and laws that may apply to your particular school.

Here's a summary of the latest updates:


Listed below are the sample policies available for download. Note that these policies are copyrighted materials for the exclusive use of CSDC school members and not for distribution without prior consent from CSDC.

Charter School Governing Board Sample Policy Checklist

Hiring Policies and Procedures
General Workplace Policies
Hours of Work, Overtime, and Attendance
Standards of Conduct
Employee Benefits
Employee Evaluation and Separation
Budget Development and Oversight Calendar and Responsibilities
Controls, Budget, and Fiscal Management
Negotiating Funding Entitlements
Required Budget and Other Fiscal Reports
Property and Liability Insurance
Board Compensation
Authority to Enter Into Contracts and Agreements
Fundraising, Grant Solicitation, and Donation Recognition
Curriculum & Instruction
Facilities and Operations
School Safety
Board Governance Policies
Student Policies
Legislative Updates

Plan Ahead for AB 1505 Renewal

A benefit of CSDC Membership, the Sample Policies repository is one way in which CSDC provides support to California charter school governing board members. We also offer Leadership Trainings and specialized Consultation Services to help you ensure your staff is prepared for renewal in a post-AB 1505 reality:

Leadership Trainings
In addition to CSDC's annual conference, which features a half-day governance workshop and dozens of breakout sessions of interest to school leaders, where governing board members also attend our annual Charter Schools Leadership Intensive.
Consultation Services
CSDC Member schools are entitled to up to 5 hours of individualized phone/email support. Schools requiring more in-depth training and consulting support are encouraged to contact CSDC.
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