School Board Meetings, Policies and Highlights

There will be a Pierce County School District and Legislator joint study session on December 9, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The group will discuss issues impacting Pierce County Schools. No action will be taken at the study session.

 The public is invited to attend, and the Zoom link will be available on this page 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Participating School Districts:
Bethel School District
Carbonado School District
Chief Leschi School District
Clover Park School District
Dieringer School District
Eatonville School District
Fife School District
Orting School District
Peninsula School District
Puyallup School District
Steilacoom School District
Sumner-Bonney Lake School District
Tacoma School District
University Place School District
White River School District

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Zoom info for the December 14 Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. will be posted here Friday, December 11. 

The legislature has authorized extension of the OPMA waiver in the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28 until December 7, 2020.  
It may be extended again. Public participation in Regular Board Meetings is virtual via Zoom until further notice*. 
Meeting access information is posted below no later than 24 hours prior to regular board meetings.

*Why can't the school board hold in-person meetings right now?  Pierce County is still in Phase 2, therefore the limitations for indoor organized events preclude school boards from conducting a traditional in-person meeting because the restrictions prevent community members from attending the public meeting. Even if the governor's OPMA waiver expires for Washington state, the Puyallup School District cannot hold in-person board meetings until Pierce County cases decrease significantly to again allow for large gatherings. See the proclamation above for more info.

Members of the public wishing to speak during public comment at the assigned time during a virtual regular board meeting may email their name and the topic they wish to address to no later than 30 minutes prior to the meeting start time. Please write "Public Comment" as the subject of your email. It is not necessary to include your comments in advance. The board president will call on you during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Please visit BoardDocs to view meeting agendas, policies and meeting minutes. Meeting agendas are published the Friday prior to each regular board meeting. Meeting minutes are visible to the public once approved by the board at their next regular board meeting.

The Board generally meets twice each month on the first Monday and the third Monday of the month.  Due to school breaks, there is only one meeting in the months of April, July and December. Please click on the schedule link above for the specific dates.

Public Comments (applicable once meetings are allowed for large gatherings)

The Puyallup School Board welcomes the public to its regular meetings. If you wish to address the school board, please fill out a blue Comment Card which is located on the sign-in table and give it to the board president or any administrator. Your name will be called by the board president. Public comments are limited to three minutes each.  Please see the Puyallup School Board brochure for guidelines.

Board Policies

School board policies are statements that set forth the purposes and prescribe in general terms the organization and program of the district. They provide general, ongoing guidance and direction to the district.

Click to access the complete set of district policies, regulations, and forms. In the Web page that appears, click the Policies tab. Either scroll through the list or type the policy number in the Search box.

Policies, Regulations, and Forms

Each policy includes cross references, legal references, and the date when the policy was adopted. If applicable, acceptance dates for revisions are also included.

Administrative regulations are developed as necessary to ensure the consistent implementation of policies adopted by the Board. Regulations can include specific procedures and other such details. A regulation number is the same as the associated policy number, with an "R" suffix.

Some policies are associated with forms. A form number is the same as the associated policy number, with an "F" suffix.

For more information about the adoption and amendment of policies, and the development and issuance of regulations, see Policy 1310, and the associated Regulation 1310R on "Policy Adoption, Manuals, and Administrative Regulations."

Policy Series

The policies are categorized into the six following areas:

  • 1000 — Board of Directors. Policies pertaining to Puyallup School Board meetings, board member elections and governance.
  • 2000 — Instruction. Policies pertaining to student learning programs, school organization, and instructional requirements.
  • 3000 — Students. Policies pertaining to admission and attendance, rights and responsibilities, and student activities.
  • 4000 — Community Relations. Policies pertaining to communications with the public, public participation in schools, public access to staff and students, and relations with other agencies.
  • 5000 — Personnel. Policies pertaining to recruitment, hiring, employment, compensation, leaves, and benefits.
  • 6000 — Management Support. Policies pertaining to financial planning, revenues, purchasing, risk management, transportation, food service, school property, and capital projects.


For more information about board meetings, district policies and regulations, contact Beth Kerrick.