GKDA(LOCAL) - NONSCHOOL USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES: DISTRIBUTION OF NONSCHOOL LITERATURE

Distribution of Materials to Students by Non-District Personnel (Including Parents or Third Parties)

For purposes of this policy:

"Materials" are defined as writings, items, objects, articles, or other materials.

"School hours" are defined as the operational hours for a particular facility when students are receiving educational instruction, participating in or attending extracurricular activities, or otherwise being involved in educational/curricular programming for students.

Without permission in accordance with this policy, materials over which the school does not exercise control, and that are intended for dissemination to students on District property during school hours, shall only be sold, circulated, or distributed on District property by persons or groups associated with the school or campus- or District-designated school-support groups.

Non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, who do not qualify as persons or groups associated with the school or campus- or District-designated school-support groups, but who offer a benefit to youth or parents, shall have the opportunity for a limited time period, as specified by District guidelines, to be identified on a designated page of the District's website. Such groups that may have access to this limited forum include, but are not limited to, governmental entities duly formed under the laws of the state of Texas or the United States, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, the YMCA, local youth sports leagues, and scout groups.

Each official District partner associated with the District's Partners in Education program that offers a benefit to District students or its campuses shall have an opportunity for a limited time period, as specified by District guidelines, to be identified on a designated page of the District's website and, if available, a designated page of the campus website, for the campus sponsored by the partner.

Limited Forum

Pursuant to FFF(LOCAL), due to safety, disruption, health, and other concerns, the District shall limit and monitor access of all non-District personnel, including parents and third parties, on District property. As a result, distribution by all non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, on District property during school hours shall be subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, as identified by the District. Accordingly, unless authorized by this policy, the District shall not allow non-District personnel, including parents, third parties, and for-profit groups, to distribute materials over which the District does not exercise control to students on District property during school hours.

Prior Review

Materials that are intended for distribution on the District's website as outlined above, by all non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, on District property during school hours to students shall be submitted for prior review according to the following procedures:

Materials shall be submitted for review to the Superintendent or designee, for all schools and District buildings, at least three school days prior to the time requested for dissemination.

To be considered for distribution, materials shall include the name of the organization or individual sponsoring the distribution.

Using the standards below at Limitations on Content, the Superintendent or designee shall approve or reject submitted materials within two days of the time the materials were received. Unless the materials fall within the Limitations on Content conditions set forth below, all such materials shall be approved.

The requestor may appeal the decision of the Superintendent or designee to the Board in accordance with GF(LOCAL), beginning at the appropriate level. Appropriate law enforcement officials may be called when a person refuses to follow the procedures for submitting materials and fails to leave District property when asked. [See GKA]

Limitations on Content

Materials shall not be distributed if:

The materials are obscene, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate for the age and maturity of the audience.

The materials endorse actions endangering the health or safety of students.

The materials promote illegal use of drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances.

The materials advocate violation of school rules and fall within the standard described at Limitations on Expression at FNAA(LEGAL).

The materials advocate imminent lawless or disruptive action and are likely to incite or produce such action.

The materials include hate literature that scurrilously attacks ethnic, religious, or racial groups, and similar publications aimed at creating hostility and violence if they fall within the standard described at Limitations on Expression at FNAA(LEGAL).

There is reasonable cause to believe that the distribution of the materials would result in material and substantial interference with any school educational, and/or curricular-related activity or blocks or impedes the safe flow of traffic within hallways, driveways, and entrances and exits of the school building and/or property.

The District shall not be responsible for, nor shall the District endorse, the contents of any nonschool material distributed on District premises.

[See CPAB regarding use of the District's internal mail system and FNAA regarding distribution of materials by students]

Individuals who distribute materials on District property at any time in accordance with District policies shall be responsible for cleaning up such materials left on District property.

All individuals subject to this policy shall be expected to comply with all applicable District policies and all educational/curricular goals when distributing materials on District property during school hours. Copies of applicable District policies shall be available on the District's website, upon request to the campus principal, or upon request to the District's communications department.

Violation of Policy

Individuals violating any provision of this policy may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, prohibition of further distribution under this policy.

Distribution of Materials to Non-District Personnel (Including Parents or Third Parties)

Pursuant to FFF(LOCAL), due to safety, disruption, health, and other concerns, the District shall limit and monitor access of all non-District personnel, including parents and third parties, on District property. As a result, distribution by all non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, on District property during school hours shall be subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.

Exceptions to Prior Review

All non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, may distribute or circulate writings, items, objects, articles, or other materials over which the school does not exercise control and are intended for dissemination to other non-District personnel, including parents or third parties, and not intended for dissemination to students on school campuses, subject to the restrictions outlined herein and without complying with the prior review procedure set forth above.

Limitations on Content

Materials shall not be distributed if:

The materials are obscene, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate for the age and maturity of the audience.

The materials endorse actions endangering the health or safety of students.

The materials promote illegal use of drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances.

The materials advocate violation of school rules and fall within the standard described at Limitations on Expression at FNAA(LEGAL).

The materials advocate imminent lawless or disruptive action and are likely to incite or produce such action.

The materials include hate literature that scurrilously attacks ethnic, religious, or racial groups, and similar publications aimed at creating hostility and violence if they fall within the standard described at Limitations on Expression at FNAA(LEGAL).

There is reasonable cause to believe that the distribution of the materials would result in material and substantial interference with any school, educational, and/or curricular-related activity or blocks or impedes the safe flow of traffic within hallways, driveways, and entrances and exits of the school building and/or property.

The District shall not be responsible for, nor shall the District endorse, the contents of any nonschool materials distributed on District premises.

Individuals who distribute materials on District property at any time in accordance with District policies shall be responsible for cleaning up such materials left on District property.

All individuals subject to this policy shall be expected to comply with all applicable District policies and all educational/curricular goals when distributing materials on District property during school hours. Copies of applicable District policies shall be available on the District's website, upon request to the campus principal, or upon request to the District's communications department.

Violation of Policy

Individuals violating any provision of this policy may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, prohibition of further distribution under this policy.

Northwest ISD

GKDA(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2010.03

DATE ISSUED: 7/27/2010