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Manhattan Beach USD |  AR  1325  Community Relations


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Advertising and Promotion

Promotional materials of a commercial nature will not be distributed to students. School- sponsored and school-related materials may be approved by the Superintendent or designee, including school-sponsored clubs, booster clubs, organizations, and flyers related to school events. Information on summer camps, outside instructional organizations/schools, outside athletic programs/events, private instructional programs, and other activities such as plays, workshops, etc., will not be distributed via school mail.

The only information that will be allowed to be distributed via school mail and on school grounds, or in school-sponsored publications is information published by and for the District, school (including school-sponsored clubs, booster clubs, organizations, and flyers related to school events), PTA, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF), MBX, the City of Manhattan Beach, and/or Beach Cities Health District. The information distributed must have received prior approval by the Superintendent or designee and will not include information that:

1. Is obscene, libelous, or slanderous. (Education Code 48907)

2. Incites students to commit unlawful acts, violate school rules, or disrupt the school's orderly operation. (Education Code 48907)

3. Promote any particular political interest, candidate, party or ballot measure, unless such materials are being distributed at a forum in which candidates or advocates from all sides are presenting their views to the students during school hours or during events scheduled pursuant to the Civic Center Act.

(cf. 1160 - Political Processes)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 4119.25/4219.25/4319.25 - Political Activities of Employees)

4. Discriminates against attacks or denigrates any group on account of any unlawful consideration.

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

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

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

6. Promotes the use or sale of materials or services, which 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.

7. Announces the meetings of non-curricular student-initiated groups.

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

8. Distributes unsolicited merchandise for which an ensuing payment is requested.

The Superintendent or designee also may consider the educational value of the materials or advertisements, the age or maturity of 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)

Exterior Banner Placement

Banners may only be placed on the perimeter fending on a school campus.

The only banners that will be allowed to be placed on perimeter fencing are banners from the District, schools (including school-sponsored clubs, booster clubs, organizations, and those related to school events), PTA, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF), MBX, the City of Manhattan Beach, or the Beach Cities Health District. Banners must have received prior approval by the Superintendent or designee via the form included in Exhibit E1325.

Procedure for Posting Banners and Signs

1. All banners and signs must be professional in appearance.

2. All banners and signs must be approved by the Superintendent or designee prior to posting, using the form in Exhibit E1325, posted on the District's website at

3. Each school site will designate a specific location in which banners and signs may be posted, and all banners and signs will be posted only in that area.

4. Banners will not be posted for longer than 4 weeks without specific permission from the district or site.

5. Before posting banners or signs, a specific removal date will be assigned.

6. Banners not removed by the organization within three days of the assigned removal date, will be removed by district staff and discarded.

7. The number of banners displayed at school sites will be determined by the Superintendent or designee.

8. Banners will not exceed 8' x 4'.

The Superintendent or designee may make exceptions to the requirement in order to avoid placing undue hardship on non-profit organizations which had banners printed prior to the approved revision of this policy.

Interior Banner Placement

The principal or designee of each school shall determine banner placement on the interior portion of MBUSD campuses. The only exception to this is at Mira Costa High School athletic and performing arts facilities, where MBX has the authority over banner placement. During the course of time that the Mira Costa High School gymnasium is closed for construction, MBX has authority to assign banners that are renewals from the previous year to be placed on the tennis court fencing on Artesia Boulevard and Meadows Avenue.


approved: March 16, 2005 Manhattan Beach, California

revised: September 5, 2007

revised: January 18, 2017

revised: December 12, 2018