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Distribution of Materials

Code No. 903.5

The board recognizes that students, employees, parents or citizens may want to distribute materials within the school district that are noncurricular.  Noncurricular materials to be distributed must be approved by the building principal and meet certain standards prior to their distribution.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the building principals to draft administrative regulations regarding this policy.

NOTE:  The regulation accompanying this policy has been approved by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).  Amendments to or deviation from this regulation should be addressed to local counsel prior to adoption.

Legal Reference:          U.S. Const. amend. I.

                                    Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

                                    Bethel School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).

                                    New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).

                                    Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

                                    Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.22 (2013).

Cross References:      502.3   Freedom of Expression

                                    503.1   Student Conduct

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    603.9   Academic Freedom

Initially Approved 03-08-1999                         Last Reviewed 03-10-2014                    Last Revision                                                                    

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