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3310 Policy_Freedom of Speech in Non-instructional Settings

The Board of Education acknowledges the right of its staff members, as citizens in a democratic society, to speak
out on issues of public concern. When those issues are related to the District, however, the staff member's
expression must be balanced against the interests of this District.
 
The following guidelines are adopted by the Board to help clarify and, therefore, avoid situations in which the staff
member's expression could conflict with the District's interests. In such situations, s/he should:
 
    A. State clearly that his/her expression represents personal views and not necessarily those of the School
        District;
 
    B. Refrain from expressions that would disrupt harmony among co-workers or interfere with the maintenance of
        discipline by school officials;
 
    C. Not make threats or abusive or personally-defamatory comments about co-workers, administrators, or
        officials of the District; and
 
    D. Refrain from making public expressions which s/he knows to be false or are made without regard for truth or
        accuracy.
 
Revised:  August 29, 2011
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009