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Lemon Grove SD |  BP  1325  Community Relations

Advertising And Promotion   

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The Governing Board establishes this policy to ensure effective and consistent standards for advertisements and promotions by nonschool groups in school-sponsored publications, on district and school web sites and social media, and on school facilities and grounds. Student speech shall be regulated in accordance with BP/AR 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression.

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 1114 - District-Sponsored Social Media)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

Limited Public Forum

The Board desires to promote positive relationships between district schools and the community in order to enhance community partnerships, support, and involvement in the schools. The Superintendent or designee may, consistent with the criteria established in this policy, approve:

1. Distribution of noncommercial materials that publicize services, special events, public meetings, or other gatherings of interest to students or parents/guardians

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 6162.8 - Research)

2. Distribution of promotional materials of a commercial nature to students or parents/guardians

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

3. Paid advertisements on school property, including, but not limited to, advertisements on school buildings, athletic fields, scoreboards, and billboards

4. Paid advertisements in school-sponsored publications, yearbooks, announcements, and other school communications, including web sites and social media

5. Products and materials donated by commercial enterprises for educational use, including those that bear the name and/or logo of the donor, as long as they do not unduly promote the donor or any commercial activity or product

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

Prior to the distribution, posting, or publishing of any nonschool group's promotional materials or advertisement, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall review the materials or advertisement based on the criteria listed below. He/she may not disapprove materials or advertisement in an arbitrary or capricious manner or in a way that discriminates against a particular viewpoint on a subject that is otherwise allowed by Board policy.

All materials to be distributed shall bear the name and contact information of the sponsoring entity.

As necessary, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall require a disclaimer on any nonschool group's promotional materials to be distributed, posted, or published, stating that the distribution, posting, or publishing of the materials does not imply district endorsement of the group's activities, products, or services. District and school-sponsored publications shall include a disclaimer stating that the district or school does not endorse any advertised products or services.

Criteria for Approval

The Superintendent, principal, or designee shall not accept for distribution, or allow on school property, any materials or advertisements that:

1. Are lewd, obscene, libelous, or slanderous

2. Incite students to commit unlawful acts, violate school rules, or disrupt the orderly operation of the schools

3. Contain prayer or proselytizing language

4. Position the district on any side of a controversial issue

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

5. Discriminate against, attack, or denigrate any group on account of any unlawful consideration

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

6. Promote the use or sale of materials or services that are illegal or inconsistent with school objectives, including, but not limited to, materials or advertisements for tobacco, intoxicants, and movies or products unsuitable for children

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

7. Promote during the school day any food or beverage that does not comply with state nutritional standards pursuant to Education Code 49430-49434, including a corporate incentive program that offers free or discounted foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards as rewards for students who reach certain academic goals. This prohibition does not include advertising on clothing with brand images worn on school grounds, advertising contained in product packaging, or advertising of infrequent school fundraising events involving food or beverages that do not meet the nutritional standards. (Education Code 49431.9)

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

8. Solicit funds or services for an organization, with the exception of solicitations authorized in Board policy

(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds from and by Students)

Distribute unsolicited merchandise for which an ensuing payment is requested

The Superintendent or designee may also consider the educational value of the materials or advertisements, the age or maturity of the students in the intended audience, and whether the materials or advertisements support the basic educational mission of the district, directly benefit the students, or are of intrinsic value to the students or their parents/guardians.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

Schools may establish additional criteria pertaining to the content of advertisements in school publications and yearbooks, as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee in accordance with law and Board policy.

Authorized Distribution or Display of Literature and Publicity on School Sites

Provided that the materials are consistent with the provisions identified above in the Limited Public Forum section of this policy, the Superintendent or designee may, consistent with the criteria established in this policy, approve:

1. Materials that advertise Little League, Pop Warner Football, Junior Hockey, Junior Basketball, or any other athletic activity for youth sponsored by a nonprofit public organization may be sent home via students only once during the school year.

2. Materials that advertise public entity park and recreation department activities.

3. Materials that advertise or provide information regarding Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), District Budget Advisory Committee (DBAC) and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).

4. Materials to collect money from students for the benefit of the American Red Cross Youth Services. American Red Cross Youth Services is the only organization authorized by district policy to collect money from students and to distribute material for this purpose in schools. Other organizations may be so authorized by future Board action or may apply annually to the Board for authority to collect money and distribute related materials.

5. Academic and instructional program materials advertising programs in core subjects for students offered by public educational institutions or nonprofit organizations.

6. Literature advertising activities officially sponsored by, or containing information from, the County of San Diego, Live Well San Diego, or public libraries.

7. Literature advertising fund raising activities and events of foundations whose sole purpose is to raise money for specific district schools or for the district as a whole.

Legal Reference:


7050-7058 Political activities of school officers and employees

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

35172 Promotional activities

38130-38139 Civic Center Act

49430-49434 The Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001, especially:

49431.9 Advertisement of non-nutritious foods


25664 Advertisements encouraging minors to drink


Article 1, Section 2 Free speech rights


Amendment 1, Freedom of speech and expression


1751-1769j School Lunch Program

1773 School Breakfast Program


Hills v. Scottsdale Unified School District, (2003) 329 F.3d 1044

DiLoreto v. Downey Unified School District, (1999) 196 F.3d 958

Yeo v. Town of Lexington, (1997) 131 F.3d 241

Hemry v. School Board of Colorado Springs, (D.Col. 1991) 760 F.Supp. 856

Bright v. Los Angeles Unified School District, (1976) 18 Cal. 3d 450

Lehman v. Shaker Heights, (1974) 418 U.S. 298

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adopted: April 28, 2018 Lemon Grove, California

revised: September 10, 2019