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Petaluma City Schools |  AR  5145.2  Students

Freedom Of Speech/Expression   

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Distribution of Printed Materials and Petitions by Students

The principal or designee may provide designated bulletin boards on which students and student organizations may post materials of general interest. Students also may post or distribute handbills, leaflets, and other printed material, whether produced within or outside of the school. Students may collect signatures on petitions concerning school or nonschool issues.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

Printed materials or petitions may be distributed only:

1. Before or after school or during lunchtime.

2. In locations that do not obstruct the normal flow of traffic within school or at entrances.

No student shall use coercion to induce students or any other persons to accept printed matter or to sign petitions. No funds shall be collected for any material distributed.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

Clothing, Buttons, and Badges

A student shall not wear buttons, badges, armbands, or other clothing bearing slogans or sayings that either:

1. Intrudes upon the rights of other students including, but not limited to, derogatory and injurious remarks directed at students' minority status such as race, religion, and sexual orientation

2. Causes substantial disruption to school activities

No employee shall interfere with a student's wearing of such items solely on the grounds that the message may be controversial or unpopular with students or staff.

(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)


approved: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

amended: February 13, 2007