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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-29.1

PERSONNEL

Political Activities

The School Board recognizes the right of its employees, as citizens, to engage in political activity. However, the Board also recognizes that school property and school time, paid for by the citizens of the city, should not be used for partisan political purposes except as provided for in policies pertaining to the use of school buildings by civic and political organizations.

The School Board subscribes to the principle that public school employees must, with all other citizens, share the responsibility for the development of a sound public body and assume full political and citizenship responsibilities. However, in his or her political activities, an employee will not:

  1. Misrepresent the school division, but will take adequate precautions to distinguish between his/her personal and institutional views.
  2. Interfere with a colleague's exercise of political and citizenship rights and responsibilities.
  3. Use institutional privileges, division resources, or working time to promote political candidates or partisan political activities.

For purposes of this regulation, prohibited "political activities" is narrowly defined to mean "political, election or campaign activities" which would include the posting of political circulars or petitions, collection and/or solicitation of campaign funds, solicitations for campaign workers, the use of pupils in writing or addressing campaign materials, the use of School Board property or resources (including email, audio announcement systems, web based or other electronic media) or the distribution of election or campaign materials to pupils on school property or during school time in any manner which would indicate that a school employee is using a position in the school to further personal views on candidates for public office or on questions of public policy. The exception is the circulation of literature pertaining to bond referenda for school purposes.

Nothing in this regulation shall be interpreted as prohibiting teachers from conducting appropriate activities which encourage students to become involved in the political processes of the party of the students' choice or as independents; nor does it prohibit the fair use of political figures as resource persons in the classrooms.

In view of the voting rights of eighteen year olds, school facilities may be used as meeting sites for student political groups before or after the regular instructional day. A teacher or a community person approved by the principal must be in attendance at such meetings.

Editor's Note:

See also Attorney General's Opinion, February 22, 1984.

For political leave see division Regulation 4-74.2.

See School Board Policy 4-32 – Employee Associations

See school division website: www.vbschools.com

Approved by Superintendent: February 15, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: March 8, 2006
Revised by Superintendent: August 26, 2010