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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 7-15

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Distribution/Announcement of Outside Communications

  1. Generally

    The School Board prohibits the distribution, by means of students, of materials or information which publicly endorse or support groups or organizations involved in a commercial endeavor for profit.

  2. Public Announcements

    Principals are authorized to arrange for announcements in the schools regarding community programs and scheduled activities or events which have educational or recreational value, as determined by the principal.

  3. Distribution of Literature

    Communications to parents and other citizens sent home by students as a means of mass communication carry the implication of endorsement by school personnel and the School Board. Such communications shall be reviewed carefully by each principal before permission is granted to distribute pamphlets, notices, and other communications. If a principal is in doubt, he/she shall seek permission from the appropriate supervisor in the Department of School Leadership. If doubt exists at this level as to whether or not distribution should be made, permission shall be denied until the disposition of the matter is made by the Superintendent. Outside organizations seeking to distribute communications to more than one school or school administration site will submit the proposed communication to the Office of Media and Communications for verification and distribution to the various sites.

  4. Within Schools

    The distribution within schools of notices or communications originating with non-school organizations shall be restricted to patron organizations and to those announcements of a specific nature which, in the judgment of the principal, are of significant educational value. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other patriotic groups (as defined by state or federal law) will be allowed to distribute notices or communications regarding membership to the same extent as other patron organizations.

  5. By Students

    Students should not be used to distribute notices or communications to parents unless such communications originate with the school, are of an official school nature, including patron organizations affiliated with the school, or possess significant educational value. Students shall only be used to distribute information of a non-school nature when it pertains to school-related organizations or when, in the judgment of the principal, such notice of information is of educational significance and/or important to the community as a whole.

  6. Use of Interoffice (Pony) Mail Services/Communication Systems

    The use of the School Divisionís interschool mail distribution service and communication systems shall be limited to school business and, with the approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee, communications by parent-teacher organizations, other school-related organizations, or employee organizations.

Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. §7905, et seq., as amended

Editor's Note:

For advertising in the schools see School Board Policy 7-14 and any implementing regulations.
For acceptable use of computer systems see School Board Policy 6-64 and School Board Regulation 6-64.1

Adopted by School Board: October 20, 1992
Amended by School Board: May 9, 2006
Amended by School Board: August 19, 2014
Amended by School Board: August 2, 2016