Regulations Manual

Alterations for the 2021-22 school year

Some of the regulations may not be in effect as written given current guidance and/or emergency rules from the state legislature, OSPI, the State Board of Education and other governing bodies. Please see our Returning to School 2021-22 FAQ page for more information on practices that may be altered at this time.

Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised.

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5000 - Human Resources

Recruitment of Staff - 5000

Code: 5000

Adopted: 9/4/1987

Last Revised Date: 8/10/2012

It is the Regulation of the District that staff recruitment and selection directly support the mission of the District by maintaining a focus on continued improvement of the quality of teaching and learning within our schools. Staff are recruited and selected to assure that students grow and meet their full potential in District programs. Prospective staff will be sought who are highly effective, and have the necessary skills and experience to meet the learning needs of all students. The District works with teacher preparation programs, communicating the teaching skills, competencies, and experiences it considers of primary importance in its staff, and providing field experiences designed to train teachers to be able to improve student learning. Decisions about hiring, assigning, or transferring staff are based on maximizing the effectiveness of that staff member within the District’s programs.

The District shall provide all applicants and staff with an equal employment opportunity consistent with District Regulation 5010 – Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action. Staff positions are established by the District to provide the District’s comprehensive program of education. New positions are established by the Superintendent/designee as needed. The superintendent establishes the necessary skills, competencies, qualifications, education, experience, and past performance levels for each position, as it relates to the District’s comprehensive program of education, and the goal of continued improvement in student learning. Selection of staff is based on which candidate is the most qualified for the position, and is made pursuant to the District’s standard screening, interview, reference check process, equity and legal requirements.

Positions are created within budget parameters and legal requirements. Part of the District’s strategic and short-term planning processes analyzes current and projected staffing requirements. The filling of individual positions is done with consideration to salary issues, budget parameters, and legal requirements. The superintendent or designee regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the District’s staff recruitment and selection processes.

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Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school Districts and other educational employers
  • 28A.405.210 Conditions and contracts of employment — Determination of probable cause for non-renewal of contracts — nonrenewal due to enrollment decline or revenue loss — Notice — Opportunity for hearing
  • 43.43.830 Background checks — Access to children or vulnerable persons — Definitions
  • 43.43.832 Background checks —Disclosure of information--Sharing of criminal background information by health care facilities
  • Chapter 162-12 WAC Preemployment Inquiry Guide (Human Rights Commission)
  • P.L. 99-603 (IRCA)Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986