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3231 Policy_Outside Activities of Staff

The Board of Education directs the Superintendent to promulgate the following guidelines so that staff members
may avoid situations in which their personal interests, activities, and associations may conflict with the interests
of the District. If such situations threaten a staff member's effectiveness within the school system, the
Superintendent shall evaluate the impact of such interest, activity, or association upon the staff member's
    A. Staff members should not give work time to an outside interest, activity, or association without valid reason
        to be excused from assigned duties.
    B. Staff members shall not use school property or school time to solicit or accept customers for private
        enterprises without written administrative permission.
    C. Staff members shall not engage in business transactions on behalf of private enterprises in which s/he may
        profit by virtue of his/her official position or authority or benefit financially from confidential information which
        the employee has obtained or may obtain by reason of his/her position or authority.
    D. Staff members shall not campaign on school property during duty hours on behalf of any political issue or
        candidate for local, State, or National office.
    E. Staff members may not accept fees for tutoring when such tutoring is conducted during the normal work day.
    F. Staff members may not accept fees for remedial tutoring of students currently enrolled in one (1) or more of
        their classes unless approved by the Superintendent.
Research and Publishing
    A. Professional staff members are encouraged to contribute articles to professional publications and to engage
        in approved professional research
    B. Materials which might be considered for publication and/or production, which identify the District in any
        manner, shall be cleared with the Superintendent prior to publication and/or production.
    C. Publications and productions shall be subject to the following copyright provisions:
        1. Rights to copyrights or patents of books, materials, devices, etc. developed by professional staff members
            on their own time will be relinquished by the Board upon request of the staff member provided that:
            a. The books, materials, devices, etc. were prepared without the use of District data, facilities, and/or
            b. The District is granted the privilege of purchasing the materials or products free of any copyright or
                royalty charges;
            c. The staff member does not become involved in any way in the selling of the product to the District.
            The final decision regarding whether materials were produced independently of any work assignment,
            and/or without using school equipment, facilities, data or equipment rests with the Superintendent.
            Professional staff members who desire to publish or produce materials on their own time should make
            such action known to the Superintendent prior to the time such work is started in order that proper
            procedures can be established to assure that District interests and the interests of the staff member are
        2. All books, materials, devices, or products which result from the paid work time and/or prescribed duties of
            professional staff members shall remain the property of the District. The District shall retain all rights and
            privileges pertaining to the ownership thereof.
            In the event that any of these products have commercial possibilities, the Superintendent is authorized to
            secure copyrights, patents, etc. which will ensure the ownership of the product by the District.
The Superintendent is authorized to negotiate with appropriate agencies for the production and distribution of
products with commercial appeal. Such negotiations shall ensure fair and appropriate compensation, including
sharing of royalties, for the staff member(s) who developed the products.
17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.
Revised:  August 29, 2011
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 29, 2011, 12:22 PM