School Board rule development and work session
Posted on 05/28/2020

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At tonight’s rule development workshop and work session, Orange County School Board members reviewed changes to a number of school board policies. The purpose of these revisions is to assure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, Florida State Board of Education Rules, Board Policies, administrative rules, procedures and guidelines. The board also periodically reviews policies to promote transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds and the use of public resources.
Changes to Policy IFKB – Graduation Exercises include:
•  The policy defines “graduation” to reflect the exercises conducted for students who meet the requirements of graduating from high school or its equivalent pursuant to s. 1003.4282, Fl. Stat. and s. 1003.435. It revises the language to indicate while elementary and middle schools may have ceremonies honoring students, graduation exercises are limited to high schools and technical colleges.
•  Revisions to the policy add language that the High School Office creates the rules and procedures for graduation exercises yearly. The policy also has added language which states the High School Office shall ensure that rules and procedures for graduation ceremonies are provided to students and published on high schools’ websites.
•  Revisions have been made to the existing policy to include HB292 language regarding military dress at graduation ceremonies for students.
• Adds criteria for speeches given by students at graduation ceremonies. 
Other policy revisions included in the presentation are:
Policy GCCAB - Instructional Staff Personal Emergency Legal Religious Leave
Policy GCCBB - Administrative Staff Personal Emergency Legal Religious Leave
Policy GDCB - Support Staff Personal Emergency Legal Religious Leave (Classified)
Next steps: All proposed changes will move to a formal vote during the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on June 23, 2020.
Here is the Rule Development PowerPoint presentation
Discussion on Capacity Enhancement Agreements and HB 7103:
The Board heard a presentation about the impact of 2019 House Bill 7103 on the school capacity enhancement process. The law requires mitigation to be credited dollar-for-dollar against required school impact fees. This reduces the funds available to OCPS to help alleviate school overcrowding. According to the presentation, there are several approaches available to reduce the fiscal impacts resulting from 2019 HB 7103. Discussions with local jurisdictions and developers will continue.

Here is the Capacity Enhancement PowerPoint presentation
*Reminder* Virtual work sessions are live streamed on the School Board’s YouTube page and will be accessible from web browsers on computers or mobile devices. 
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