General Administration 153
Where federal, provincial or local election campaigns are in progress, the following general procedures apply to ensure that schools are not identified with a specific political stance.
- No class time shall be made available for uninvited political speakers.
- Discretion shall be used in inviting speakers who have political positions to present. If any are presented, then all parties must be given equal opportunity. Teachers shall clear the matter with the Principal or Director or designate before extending invitations or granting approval.
- Where election issues are dealt with by the staff in current events or other areas, steps must be taken to ensure that each party’s position is fairly stated.
- No political advertising will be posted, distributed and/or published in schools except that it may be used by teachers to illustrate, in an objective fashion, the workings of the political process.
- From the date an election is called until after election day, candidates for political office may be given the opportunity to address students, but only if taking part in a panel debate wherein all parties contesting the seat are represented.
Section 85, 87, 175, 231, Education Act
Section 38, The School Division Administration Regulations
April 14, 2009