Policy KHA: Distribution of Written Materials on School Property at School Events

  It is the determination of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committeethat the principal mission of its schools is to educate the studentsentrusted to them; and it is the Committee’s Policy that the use ofschool property should be governed and guided by what is most conduciveto that mission.

To the extent consistent with that primary mission, school property issometimes made available for use by others, subject to establishedguidelines and regulations for such use. This Policy recognizes theresponsibility of the Principal to oversee the operation of the schools,which includes overall supervisory responsibility for school-sponsoredevents which occur beyond regular school hours on school property. Thepurpose of this Policy is to set forth the procedures under whichmaterials may be appropriately distributed at such events.

It is the Committee’s policy that while not prohibiting, nor in any waycensoring on the basis of content, the distribution of writtenmaterials at these events, such distribution is subject to reasonabletime, place and manner regulation by the Principal. Materialsdetermined to be in violation of laws relating to libel and obscenitymay not be distributed.

If approved by the Principal pursuant to this Policy statement,distribution shall comply with the directives of the Principal, as tothe places, times and manner in which such distribution shall bepermitted. Such directives shall provide meaningful, reasonable,visible access by those in attendance, but may be limited to designatedtables or portions of the building determined by the Principal as notinterfering with the principal function or assembly. It shall bepresumed that in exercising the privileges of distributing writtenmaterials upon school property, ordinary principles of common courtesyand respect for those sharing use of the building will be shown.

In making such distribution, no loudspeakers or amplification devicesshall be used, without the prior approval by the Principal, whosedecision on the matter will be guided by the nature of the assembly andthe degree to which he or she concludes that such systems will notdisturb those using the building.

It shall be a condition of such approval that the source of thematerials be conspicuously identified either on the materialsthemselves, or attached thereto, stating the name(s) and address(es) ofthe person(s) or organization(s) responsible for the materials to bedistributed.

Materials determined by the Principal to be commercial advertising orto be solicitations for money shall not ordinarily be permitted onschool property.

The Principal shall be responsible for the implementation of thisPolicy. Any materials distributed or which are left for distributionwhich the Principal determines to be in violation of this Policy, andwhich are not removed upon request, shall be removed by the Principal,and retained in the Principal’s office until reclaimed by the partyresponsible for such distribution. Any materials not reclaimed afterten days shall be discarded.

Any party aggrieved by the denial of approval by the Principal, or byconditions imposed in connection with approval, may appeal thePrincipal’s decision to the Educational Director; and any partyaggrieved by the decision of the Educational Director may further appealto the Superintendent.

Region Voted to Approve: 7/88
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 7/88