What Should Student Handbooks Look Like?

By Leander A. Dolphin and Anne H. Littlefield

As school districts across the nation get ready for the advent of another school year, it is time to think (again) about what information students and parents need, and how best to provide that information. For most schools, the student handbook will be the most important purveyor of information provided to students. A good student handbook is a convenient, central reference for matters relating to student affairs.

The student handbook serves the key purpose of documenting notice of school rules. It also demonstrates compliance with the various “posting” requirements of state and federal civil rights and education laws. In this article, we’ll offer some practical tips for preparing informative and useful student handbooks.

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