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Stanislaus COE |  BP  1700  Community Relations

Relations Between Private Industry And The Schools   

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The Stanislaus County Office of Education recognizes that private industry and the schools have a mutual interest in maximizing student achievement in order to prepare students to be productive citizens and contribute to the economic health of the community. The Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools shall encourage local business involvement in efforts that support the core mission and goals of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and promote the academic, social, and physical well-being of students.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)

The County Office and the County Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to initiate business partnerships and shall communicate with business partners about County Office needs and priorities. The County Superintendent or designee may assign County Office staff to coordinate community/business outreach efforts on behalf of the County Office and work to ensure equitable distribution of business involvement across all County Office schools.

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Businesses and industry and/or their representatives may support County Office schools and programs by:

1. Volunteering in the classroom or school, providing special instructional programs or assemblies, and serving as tutors or mentors for individual students

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)

2. Donating funds, products, instructional materials, or services that serve an educational purpose

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6161.1- Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

3. Purchasing advertisements in school-sponsored publications or on school property in accordance with law and County Office policy

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

4. Serving on advisory committees in order to provide business expertise or perspectives

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

5. Working with County Office staff to ensure the relevance and rigor of the County Office's career technical education program and providing work opportunities for students enrolled in these programs

(cf. 5113.2 - Work Permits)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 6178.1 - Work Experience Education)

6. Engaging in other activities approved by the County Superintendent or designee that are designed to increase student learning or support school operations

The County Office urges employers to further support the schools by recognizing their employees' needs as parents/guardians, accommodating their needs for child care, and supporting their involvement with their children's schools.

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The County Superintendent or designee may publicly acknowledge the support of a business partner in County Office communications and/or by allowing the use of the business name or logo on donated products or materials, but shall not unduly promote or endorse any commercial activity or products. He/she also may recommend County Board of Education commendation to those individuals and/or businesses that have made extraordinary contributions to the County Office.

(cf. 1150 - Commendation and Awards)

The County Superintendent or designee shall regularly report to the County Board regarding the County Office's progress in establishing and sustaining business partnerships and the ways in which businesses have supported County Office programs.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Legal Reference:


8070 Career technical education advisory committee

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

41030-41037 Gifts and bequests

51760-51769.5 Work experience education

52300-52499.66 Career technical education


2301-2414 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, especially:

2354 Local plan for career technical education, business involvement

Management Resources:


School-Based Marketing of Foods and Beverages: Policy Implications for School Boards, Policy Brief, March 2006

Maximizing School Board Governance: Community Leadership, 1996


A How-To Guide for School-Business Partnerships


Building Business Support for School Health Programs, 1999



California Consortium of Education Foundations:

California Department of Education, Parents/Family and Community:

Council for Corporate and School Partnerships:

National Association of State Boards of Education:


approved: February 4, 2003 Modesto, California

revised: November 21, 2008