The following activities are permitted by state and federal law, and Board of Education policy.
1.) The Board of Education may produce and disseminate literature for the purpose of providing objective, balanced and factual information to employees and patrons regarding (a) the date of the election, voter registration, the importance of voting, and how to cast an absentee ballot; and (b) candidates for public office, ballot measures, and proposed legislation that could impact the quality of educational services provided by the district - so long as such literature does not advocate, support or oppose any candidate or ballot measure.
2.) The district’s communications department will produce all district election literature disseminated through district communication channels. For purposes of this Regulation, district communication channels shall include, but not be limited to, newsletters, district and school web pages, telephone system, school marquees, interoffice mail, district notification system, e-mail system, and disseminating information through students. The communications department will consult with the superintendent or designee and the district’s legal counsel, as needed, to insure compliance with the law. Building administrators will disseminate the district election literature to their respective school communities.
3.) Any organization or individual may disseminate information about Rockwood school board candidates or Rockwood ballot issue elections through district communication channels, so long as such information does not advocate, support or oppose any candidate or ballot measure. All election material containing language other than that developed by the district’s communications department must be reviewed and approved by the communications department prior to dissemination. The communications department will consult with the superintendent or designee and the district’s legal counsel, as needed, in making any determinations. To avoid any actual or apparent conflict of interest, individual Rockwood Board of Education members must not be involved in determining whether Board candidate or ballot issue election materials advocate, support or oppose a candidate or ballot issue.
4.) Employees may, as part of the district's curriculum, conduct mock elections, lessons, or other activities, in connection with social studies classes, student government, or other curricular or co-curricular classes or activities, so long as the employee does not conduct the mock election, lesson or activity for the purpose of advocating, supporting or opposing a candidate, ballot measure or proposed legislation.
5.) Employees may wear political clothing or buttons, and/or display political signs in or on personal automobiles, so long as such clothing, buttons and/or signs are otherwise appropriate for the school setting and do not cause an actual disruption to the educational process. However, the wearing and display of the foregoing items shall be subject to requirements imposed by state and/or federal law on election day, in the event the school building is used as a polling place.
6.) Employees may distribute campaign literature, work at the polls, telephone prospective voters, assist with mailings, and otherwise participate in the political process as permitted by law, so long as employees engage in such activities outside of working hours.
7.) Campaign materials may be distributed at activities held on school property outside of regular classroom hours when parents and/or patrons are in attendance, provided however, that all viewpoints regarding the ballot measure or candidate for public office must be given the same privilege and that the materials must comply with campaign law, including but not limited to, the requirement that the materials identify the organization or person who paid for the materials and the sponsoring committee or treasurer.
The facilities, resources and properties of the district may not be used to advocate, support or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office. The following is prohibited:
1.) Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, employees may not distribute political literature to students on school property or use students to courier political materials to adults when the information clearly or implicitly advocates, supports or opposes any ballot measure or candidate for public office. This prohibition applies even if the materials (a) are printed or purchased with non-district funds; or (b) distributed to students by employees outside of hours for which employees are paid, if the employees are acting in their capacity as employees of the district.
2.) No employee, organization or other person may utilize district resources to advocate, support or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office. District resources include district funds, anything purchased or paid for with district’s funds and all district communication channels. This prohibition also specifically includes sending e-mails into the district e-mail system, as well as sending e-mails from district e-mail addresses.
3.) Except on election day when school facilities are used as polling places, no employee or other person may erect or display political signs or other political literature inside or outside district facilities when the information clearly or implicitly advocates, supports or opposes any ballot measure or candidate for public office. This prohibition applies even if the signs or other political literature is printed or purchased with non-district funds and constructed or displayed by volunteers or employees working outside of hours for which the employees are paid. (See exceptions for curricular activities and personal clothing, buttons, and automobiles in Permissible Activities above.)