5650 - Posting and Distribution of Materials

Policy 5650 Posting and distribution of materials title box

It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District that the building principal is responsible for approving all material to be posted in schools or distributed to students or staff. The principal will be guided by the following guidelines:
  1. For posting on school property: The principal will be guided by the following:

  2. a. All posters or advertisements inviting student or staff participation shall identify the event's or program's sponsor by legibly including the phrase "Sponsored by __________".
    b. Announcements of general community activities and programs are permitted.
    c. Brief factual announcements of religious or other potentially controversial activities or events are permitted.
    d. Non-school sponsored fund raising information or promotions may be permitted only if there is no inference of school sponsorship. Generally, only local non-profit organizations will be considered.
    e. The principal has the discretion to determine the accuracy, appropriateness and permissibility of any material submitted for posting.

  3. For Distribution to home:

  4. a. Distribution of materials to home shall follow a pre-determined schedule. All items received after the scheduled deadline (other than in emergency situations as determined by the principal) will wait for the next scheduled distribution.
    b. No distribution of commercial materials or promotions will be allowed, unless the principal determines that inclusion is clearly in the interest of the school/students.

  5. Appeal of the principal’s determination may be made in writing to the Superintendent, who will present the matter to the board for its review at a regular meeting. The principal’s determination will remain in effect unless and until overturned.

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