Board Policy 5340

Freedom of Speech and Expression


    Political expression, social expression, expressions of criticism of, or dissatisfaction with, the educational system and educational officials are all constitutionally protected communications. Buttons, armbands, posters and hand-outs are all permissible. School officials may reasonably regulate the time and place of speeches, assemblies, and distribution of literature. Such activities may be banned entirely if school officials can reasonably anticipate that these activities will cause a substantial and material disruption of the educational process. Unpopularity of the expression, or controversy, does not necessarily constitute disruption.


    Students should respect the opinions and feelings of others in exercising free expression and permit and encourage all viewpoints to be expressed.