Lee County Board of Education
PolicyCode: 5210 Distribution of Non-School Material (C.4. Extract)
C. DISTRIBUTION STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS AND NON-STUDENTS
The public information officer or superintendent’s designee shall apply the following standards to approve the distribution or display of all non-school material on school property:
4. In order to minimize disruption to the learning environment, political campaign materials may not be distributed to students or employees (including through employee mailboxes and e-mail) or made available on school grounds during school time or at school events. However, on election days, posters and printed materials are permitted at school buildings used as polling places in accordance with state law and board of elections requirements….
This provision does not prohibit a teacher from using political literature or campaign material for instructional purposes. However, any teacher using these materials for
instruction purposes shall not use his or her position to promote a particular candidate, party or position on a specific issue. The teacher shall also attempt to use a variety of materials that represent balanced and diverse viewpoints on the political spectrum.
Policy Code: 7720 Employee Community and Political Activities
The employee’s right of citizenship involving registering, discussing political issues, voting,
campaigning for candidates or issues, running for or serving in public office, and participating on a committee or board which seeks to serve the welfare of the community, shall not be infringed upon due to employment in the school district. However, to safeguard the interests of the school district and taxpayers, certain limitations must be placed on political activities in the school setting.
These political activities shall not:
1. take place during school time, school-sponsored activities or any time that the business of the school district is conducted;
2. involve school monies, materials, equipment or supplies;
3. conflict with the time required to fulfill obligations to the school district; or
4. make use of an official school position to encourage or to coerce students or other employees of the district to support in any way a political party, candidate or issue.
Political campaign materials for candidates may not be distributed to students or employees (including through employee mailboxes) or made available on school grounds during school time or at school events. However, on election days, posters and printed
materials are permitted at schools used as polling places in accordance with state law and board of elections requirements.
School employees engaged in political activity shall be explicit in explaining that they are acting as an individual and in no way represent the school district.
This policy should not be construed as prohibiting the impartial study and discussion of political or other controversial issues in the classroom setting. When political issues are discussed as a part of the curriculum, the discussion should be balanced such that all sides of the issue are discussed