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3232 - Political Activities

Board employees shall not solicit support for any political candidate, partisan, or nonpartisan, during regular work hours, or on Board property.

Candidates for public office or their representatives shall not be permitted to solicit support during work hours or on Board property.

Instructional employees who declare themselves candidates for public office shall notify the Superintendent immediately upon qualifying for election. They shall file with the Superintendent a written summary of their plans to conduct a campaign that will not interfere with fulfilling their obligation to the Board.

Instructional employees who engage in political activities or hold public office shall not use time, facilities, or personnel of the school system to engage in such activities. Specifically, the use of copy reproduction equipment or other machinery or supplies, the use of secretarial help, or the use of any other school facilities or personnel is strictly prohibited. Telephone use for such political activities during duty hours shall be confined to an emergency only, and then only in such manner as shall not conflict with the instructional employee's school related duties. Such office holders, or other politically active instructional employees, are expected to discourage constituents, or other persons with whom they are associated in their political capacities, from making telephone calls to them during duty hours.

All candidates for public office may take personal leave without pay in accordance with personal leave procedures.

Such candidates shall adhere strictly to Florida statutes governing political activity on the part of public officials and public employees.

A successful candidate for an office requiring a part-time responsibility shall report immediately to the Superintendent after the election and thereafter, when deemed necessary by the Superintendent or Board, to evaluate the compatibility of the dual responsibility and the need for personal leave without pay.

F.S. 104.31

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