Policy BCFZ

The School Board may appoint advisory councils or committees of citizens of the school division for consultation with reference to specific matters pertaining to local schools. In addition, pursuant to Board of Education regulations, the School Board establishes advisory committees for the following programs: special education and career and technical education. These committees shall serve without compensation for one-year terms and report annually to the Board.

School Health Advisory Board

Membership: The School Health Advisory Board may have a maximum of 20 members including but not limited to, parents/guardians, students, health professionals, educators, and others. Members are appointed annually.

Purpose: The purpose of the School Health Advisory Board is to assist with the development of health policy in the school division and the evaluation of the status of school health, health education, the school environment, and health services.

Meetings: The School Health Advisory Board meets 4-5 times annually.

General Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee

Membership: The General Career-Technical Advisory Committee may have a maximum of 20 members including but not limited to, parents/guardians, students, educators, retired professionals, concerned citizens, and others. Each of the 14 program areas in CTE has an advisory committee which sends a representative to serve on the General Career-Technical Advisory Committee. Members are appointed annually.

Purpose: The purpose of the General Career-Technical Advisory Committee is to advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for high quality programs that prepare middle and high school students for successful transition to further education and careers.

Meetings: The General Career-Technical Advisory Committee meets 4-5 times annually.

Equity Task Force

Membership: The Equity Task Force may have a maximum of 20 members including but not limited to, parents/guardians, students, educators, retired professionals, concerned citizens, and others. Members are appointed annually.

Purpose: The purpose of the Equity Task Force is to assist with the evaluation of equitable practices in six key areas:

  1. Staff: recruitment and retention
  2. Students: academics and climate
  3. Training: all stakeholders including parents, students, staff, school board, community
  4. Engagement & Involvement: all stakeholders including parents, students, staff, school board, community
  5. Cultural Diversity: celebration and recognition
  6. Access & Barriers: increase access/opportunities and remove of barriers

Meetings: The Equity Task Force meets 4-5 times annually.

Special Education Advisory Committee

Membership: The Special Education Advisory Committee may have a maximum of 24 members including but not limited to, parents/guardians, educators, community members, and others. Members are appointed annually.

Purpose: The purpose of the Special Education Advisory Committee is to advise the school division of the needs in the education of children with disabilities; participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities, submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the local school board, assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services, review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to the submission to the local school board, and participate in the review of the local school division’s annual plan.

Meetings: The Special Education Advisory Committee meets 4-5 times annually.

Adopted: February 18, 2014
Revised: April 28, 2015
Revised: January 16, 2018
Revised: September 4, 2018

Legal Refs.:

20 U.S.C. §§ 5964(a)(6), 6318(e)(12), 7115(a)(1)(E).

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-18.1, 22.1‑86, 22.1-275.1

8 VAC 20-40-60.

8 VAC 20-81-230.D.

8 VAC 20-120-50.

8 VAC 20-131-270.

Cross Ref.:

EB School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Emergency Response Plan
EBB Threat Assessment Teams
IC/ID School Year/School Day
IGBB Programs for Gifted Students
KC Community Involvement in Decision Making