To use this manual properly, the reader should look up the subject matter in the index (or use the search engine) and turn to the policy section first.  The reader should check the table of contents found in the front of each policy section to determine whether the desired subject is cross-referenced to any other policy.  The reader should turn to the alpha code in the appropriate section and read the policy and any applicable rule.  After the reader has done this, he/she should read all cross-references and other similar referrals.

There will be times when a policy does not have a rule.  If this occurs, the reader must assume that the board felt the policy was self-executing and did not need an implementing rule.

You will note that the letter code with the policy title always appears in the upper left hand margin.  Note that the letter code is also printed in the upper right margin, which will help you “thumb” through the pages and find a particular page much more easily.  Also note that multi-paged policies and rules are numbered which will assist in keeping pages in order.  Policy paging is illustrated, for example, as: AC, AC-2, while the rule paging is AC-R, AC-R-2.  There is no symbol for page one on any policy or rule.

The reader will also note that the rule, if any, immediately follows the policy and has a yellow background to the Web page.  In the event a policy has more than one page, e.g., AC-2; the rule to AC, if any, will follow immediately as AC-R.  If there are several pages to a rule, the second page letter code will be AC-R-2 and will be found in the upper right margin.