Complete Sample Policy Manual

Planning & Launching, School Operations | Florida

This sample policy manual provides a sample comprehensive policy manual that schools can use to craft their own policy manual. It is strongly recommended that schools do not just adopt this policy manual, but instead use it as a reference to develop a policy manual that will work well with the school in accordance with your charter application, charter contract, and desires of the governing board.

The policy manual has gone through a couple of revisions.  The most recent revision was completed in June 2021 and included an extensive review by a law firm that works closely with charter schools.  The new policy manual includes several new policies and restructuring of some sections of the manual.  Below are each of the major versions of the policy manual, as well as a comparison between the 2015 and 2021 versions for those who are working to update existing policies.

This policy manual was developed for schools in Florida. While many of these policies may be usable in other locales, we would recommend measuring each of these policies against the statutory requirements in your state if you are not in Florida.  In the future, the CSU intends to create state-specific recommendations for policy manuals.


  • July 28, 2021 – Added policy 6.15 – Mental Health Services
  • June, 2021 – A complete revision and update of the policy manual