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DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL
FILE CODE: 1315
Relations with Special Interest Groups
Any requests from civic institutions or special interest groups which involve such activities as patriotic foundations, contests, exhibits, sales or products to and by pupils, sending promotional materials home with pupils, graduation prizes, fund raising, and free teaching materials must be carefully reviewed to ensure that on balance such activities promote pupil interests without advancing the special interests of any particular group.
It is the policy of the board of education that pupils, staff members, and district facilities not be used for advertising or promoting the interests of any non-school agency or organization, public or private, without the approval of the board or its delegated representative.
Any outside organization or staff member wishing to solicit funds on school property must receive permission to do so from the superintendent.
Any such approval granted for whatever cause or group shall not be construed as an endorsement of said cause or group by this board.
Responsibilities Delegated to the Superintendent
All materials or activities proposed by outside sources for pupil or staff use or participation shall be reviewed by the superintendent on the basis of educational value in the total school program, benefit to pupils, and good taste. No such approval shall have the primary purpose of advancing the name, product or special interest of the proposing group.
Fliers of direct educational and cultural interest and of an essentially noncommercial nature may be used or circulated in the schools of this district with the permission of the superintendent. No materials which are deemed to have a lack of educational value and/or deemed to be primarily commercial advertising materials will be allowed. District publications shall contain no advertising that has not been approved by the superintendent.
No staff member or pupil representing an outside organization may distribute or post literature on that organization's behalf on district property either during or after school hours without the permission of the superintendent.
Pupils may not is be used as agents for distributing non-school materials to the homes without the approval of the superintendent.
Responsibilities Delegated to the Principal
Advertising is permitted in school newspapers, yearbooks, programs, etc., which are published by pupil organizations with the permission of the principal.
Distribution of Partisan Materials in Teacher Mailboxes
Teachers' mailboxes are for the convenience of administration and staff. Association access to mailboxes is covered by negotiated agreement which addresses the distribution of association materials. No other person or organization may insert or cause to be inserted in teachers' mailboxes any material not previously approved by the superintendent.
Date: February 22, 1999
Revised: March 22, 1999
NJSBA Review/Update: January 2008
Readopted: May 27, 2008
N.J.S.A. 18A:42-4 Distribution of Literature