The Alleghany County School Board seeks to minimize intrusions on the time of students and employees by communications from sources other than the school division. Approval must be obtained from the superintendent, or superintendent’s designee, before any materials may be distributed or made available at the request of non-school organizations. Approval will be granted only for materials from governmental organizations and nonprofit community organizations regarding activities related to the educational mission of the Alleghany County School Division.


Approval will not be given for materials which

·         are likely to cause substantial disruption of, or a material interference with, school activities;

·         endorse or encourage the use of alcohol, tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, or any illegal substance or action;

·         endorse or encourage any violation of the Standards of Student Conduct (see Policy JFC-R); or

·         are obscene, pornographic, or defamatory. 


Materials from nonprofit community organizations approved for distribution must clearly indicate their source and must include the following statement: “These materials and the activity described herein, are not sponsored or endorsed by the Alleghany County School Board.”


The superintendent, by regulation, will establish the time, place, and manner of distribution of approved materials. No distribution will be permitted during class time. 


Political Communications


Students shall not be required to convey or deliver any material that advocates (1) the election or defeat of any candidate; (2) the passage or defeat of any referendum question or (3)  the passage or defeat of any matter pending before a local school board, local governing body, the General Assembly or Congress


This Policy shall not be construed to prohibit the discussion or use of political or issue-oriented materials as part of classroom discussions or projects.


Adopted:          June 24, 2019



Legal Refs.:    U. S. Constitution amend. I.


                        Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maryland, Inc. v. Montgomery County Public Schools, 457 F.3d 376 (4th Cir. 2006)


Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-70, 22.1-78, 22.1-79.3, 22.1-79.5, 22.1-131, 22.1-279.6 and 22.1-293.


Acts 2016, c. 647.


Cross Refs.:    JFC-R             Standards of Student Conduct

JOB                 Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires

KG                   Community Use of School Facilities

KQ                   Commercial, Promotional, and Corporate Sponsorships and Partnerships