3231a AdmGuide_Participation in Political Activities

One of the primary purposes of the school is to create an environment that will permit students to grow and
develop. To be of maximum effect, this environment must extend to both the formal academic program as well as
to the many extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school. Because of the ages of the students and the
significance of the task, it is important that this environment be protected from interference by external, sometimes
coercive or disruptive, forces and influences that do not substantially contribute to the learning process.
 
Nonschool related activities, including political activities, do not contribute to a positive learning climate and may
be disruptive, divisive and distracting. Therefore, such activities are not appropriate within the school setting. It is
the intention of the Board of Education to regulate such activities on all Board owned or used property, within all
school buildings and at all school sponsored activities.
 
Specifically:
 
    A. Literature supporting or opposing one or more candidates, issues, or a particular point of view; commercial
        literature, and other nonschool related literature shall not be distributed on or in Board owned or occupied
        buildings or grounds, inside of school buildings or on school buses immediately before or after school or while
        school is in session. (The distribution of materials to students by other students is governed by the
        regulations contained in Board of Education Policy).
 
    B. Literature supporting or opposing one or more candidates, issues, or a particular point of view; commercial
        literature, and other nonschool related literature shall not be distributed at school sponsored extra-curricular
        activities or athletic events wherever they may occur. This regulation shall not prohibit the distribution of
        literature outside of the entrances and exits of athletic events providing that any such distribution does not
        interfere with the ability of individuals to freely enter or leave the facility, is not disruptive, and does not take
        place when school is in session.
 
    C. Nonschool related, political, and/or commercial literature, or campaign posters supporting one or more
        candidates, issues or a particular point of view shall not be displayed within the schools or on school-owned
        or occupied property, unless done as part of any approved teaching unit.
 
    D. When the school facilities are used as a polling place, State regulations will be followed with respect to
        political activities, the display of political posters, and distribution of political literature on school property.
 
    E. Employees of the School District shall not engage, during the course of their employment, in any activities
        that support or oppose one or more candidates, issues or a particular point of view during working hours. The
        right to express political or other opinions and exercise their constitutional rights as citizens is naturally
        reserved to all employees.
 
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Revised:  August 29, 2011