Williamsville Central School District

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Participation By The Public

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009
3000 - Community Relations


Neither the facilities, the staff, nor the students of the District shall be employed in any manner for advertising or otherwise promoting the interests of any commercial, political, or other non-school agency, individual or organization, except that:

    a) Schools may cooperate in furthering the work of any non-profit, community-wide, social service agency, provided that such cooperation does not restrict or impair the educational program of the schools or conflict with the Rules of the Board of Regents Section 19.6;

    b) The schools may use films or other educational materials bearing only simple mention of the producing firm;

    c) The Superintendent of Schools may, at his/her discretion, announce or authorize to be announced, any lecture or other community activity of particular educational merit;

    d) The schools may, upon approval of the Superintendent of Schools, cooperate with any agency in promoting activities in the general public interest that are non-partisan and non-controversial, and that promote the education and other best interests of the students;

    e) In the case of colleges, universities, armed service agencies, corporations, businesses and public service agencies, it is the policy of the Board that access to schools shall be encouraged to bring career and occupational information to students. The Superintendent shall ensure that such activities are carefully monitored to restrict any commercial advertisement. No materials of a commercial nature shall be distributed through the children in attendance in the Williamsville Central School District except as authorized by law or the Commissioner's Regulations;

    f) A commercial photographer who is taking school photographs on school premises for a school purpose may advise students, by means of a card, brochure or other appropriate device, that copies may be purchased directly from the photographer. The solicitation of orders for and the sale of class rings on school premises is permissible if authorized by the Board of Education, if all perspective vendors are given full and equal opportunity to compete, and if students are fully involved in the promotion and sale of such rings;

    g) The Superintendent is authorized to issue a list of suggested vendors to meet District-prescribed standards, e.g., for photographs or musical instruments, while allowing parents to make their own arrangements on any terms they wish, where the arrangement does  not involve the use of school personnel;

    h) The Superintendent is hereby granted the authority to approve activities, in cooperation with any individual or organization, which are of general public interest and which promote the education or other best interests of the students. Exhibitions in schools of any books, articles, apparatus, films, or other educational material shall be judged on the basis of their actual educational values.

Employees shall not use school time, facilities, equipment, property, or services in connection with any personal activity for financial profit or personal gain beyond their regular employment with the District. This section will not prohibit a school employee from engaging in employment with or contracting with an approved organization that uses District property or facilities in connection with such organization's activities.

New York State Constitution Article 8, Section 1
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 19.6