• Introduction to Board Policies

    The Board policies of the Watauga County Schools establish the guidelines for leadership and operation of the school system.  The policies are organized on this website using the headings shown below. Click on one of the headings at left for links to the policies in that area.

    Board Operations

    Policies in this section address how the Board of Education conducts business, including the duties and authority of the Board, Board meeting procedures, and Board officers and committees. 

    Community Relations

    Policies in this section address the use of school facilities, distribution of non-school information in schools, prohibited items on school grounds, school visitors and volunteers, sex offenders, research involving students, fund-raising, public records, student/parent grievances and additional topics. 

    Finance

    Policies in this section address the requirements for spending and accounting for school system funds, including purchasing procedures. 

    Instructional Content and Standards

    Policies in this section address materials and methods of instruction, grading and testing requirements, technology in the schools, religion in the schools, field trips, and student clubs and extracurricular activities.   

    Maintenance and Physical Operations

    Policies in this section address the operation and maintenance of school facilities, the bidding process for design/construction/repair services, and the management of school supplies, equipment, and materials. 

    Personnel 

    Policies in this section address employee selection, employment status, licensure, evaluations, leave time, health and safety for school personnel, and the rights and responsibilities of school system employees. 

    School Assignment 

    Policies in this section address how students are assigned to schools and the process for requesting reassignments. 

    Student Health and Nutrition

    Policies in this section address student health and child nutrition standards. 

    Student Protection and Student Responsibilities

    Policies in this section address student protection, student conduct and discipline, attendance, student parking at the high school, and related topics involving student rights and responsibilities.  

    Student Transportation

    Policies in this section address the operation of school buses and other transportation services.