Board of Education: Policy Sub-Committee Meeting
Berkeley USD
June 06, 2017 3:00PM
1231 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 644-8764

1. Call to Order
2. Approve Agenda

Board of Education: Board Policy Meeting

June 6, 2017
1231 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-6206 

The Berkeley Unified School District intends to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a special accommodation is desired, please call the Superintendent’s Office 48 hours prior to the meeting at 510-644-6206 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Berkeley tiene la intención de proporcionar adaptaciones especiales en conformidad con el Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Ley de Americanos con Discapacidades de 1990). Si usted desea una adaptación especial, por favor comuníquese con el personal de la Oficina del Superintendente 48 horas antes de la reunión al 510-644-6206.

Josh Daniels, Chair
Ty Alper, Director


  1. Call to Order/Approve Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Approve Board Policy Subcommittee Minutes for April 28 and May 19.
  4. Interviewing students by District representative—Discussion
  5. District Reserves Policy—Discussion
  6. Suicide Prevention Policy—Action  
  7. BP 1230.1 Websites and Social Media by School-Connected Organizations – Action
  8. AR 1230.1 Websites and Social Media by School-Connected Organizations – Discussion
  9. Update Policy Calendar

3. Public Comment - 3 minutes per speaker (limited to 15 minutes)
4. Action Items
4.1. Approve Board Policy Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
4.1.1. April 28, 2017

Minutes are forthcoming. 

4.1.2. May 19, 2017

Board Policy Subcommittee Minutes
Room 126
May 19, 2017
12:30 -2:00pm

Chair Daniels called the Policy Subcommittee meeting to order at 12:30pm

Roll Call:
Josh Daniels, Chair – Present
Ty Alper, Director – Present via phone
Donald Evans, Superintendent – Present
Lyz Chairez, Recorder – Present

Approval of Agenda
At the request of Daniels, the District reserves policy and the policy for interviewing students by District representative were pulled from agenda.

Motion to approve agenda as amended:
Daniels/Alper and unanimously approved 

Public Comment:
One comment on complaints.

Approval of Board Policy Subcommittee Meeting Minutes for April 14, 2017

Motion to approve policy subcommittee minutes:


Communications/Social Media Policy

BP/AR 1230 – Websites and Social Media by School-Connected Organizations

Natasha Beery explained that the purpose of this policy is to give staff guidelines when working with organizations to engage communication. Participants reviews and discussed proposed language.

This will go back to the communications team for further review.

BP 5117: Interdistrict Permits

Daniels explained that this draft includes the meeting between the student and superintendent or designee. Participants reviewed and discussed proposed language.

This item will come back for further discussion.

AR 1312.1: Complaints Regarding District Employees, Policies, Procedures and Practices

Alper explained that the main change is to clarify what days means by changing it to “school days” from “working days” so that BUSD does not have to resolve complaints during the summer when many staff are not at work. 

Participants discussed and reviewed language. 

Update Policy Calendar
Policy Calendar was updated. 

Meeting adjourned at 1:56 p.m.

4.2. BP1230: Websites and Social Media by School-Connected Organizations
BP 1230
4.3. Interviewing Students by District Representative

Draft BP re Student Interviews
4.4. Suicide Prevention Policy

AB2466 Suicide Prevention Policy 

Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in the United States. Youth with disabilities, mental illness, substance use issues, homeless and foster youth, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and questioning youth are particularly vulnerable. All California public school districts that serve students in grades seven through 12 are required to adopt a suicide prevention policy prior to the 2017-2018 school year. The policy must include resources and support around suicide awareness and prevention for youth and training on suicide awareness for all teachers in grades seven through 12.

The California Department of Education released a model policy on May 7 which shall be reviewed at the policy subcommittee for consideration along with a policy from New Haven and a policy from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A recommendation is to use the CDE version as a template and make revisions based upon feedback from the Policy Subcommittee.

CDE Model
NHUSD Suicide Prevention Policy
Suicide Prevention AB2246
Suicide Prevention Awareness
Suicide Prevention Model Policy
5. Discussion Items
5.1. AR1230.1: Websites and Social Media by School-Connected Organizations
5.2. District Reserves Policy
BP 3100
6. Update Policy Calendar
7. Adjournment

Published: June 2, 2017, 3:40 PM

The resubmit was successful.