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3310 - Freedom of Speech Outside of the Workplace

The Board acknowledges the right of district employees, as citizens in a democratic society, to speak out on issues of public concern. When those issues are related to the District, however, the instructional staff member's expression must be balanced against the interests of this District.

The following procedures are adopted by the Board to help clarify and, therefore, avoid situations in which the instructional staff member's expression could conflict with the District's interests. In such situations, she/he should

  A. state clearly that his/her expression represents personal views and not necessarily those of the School District;

 

  B. refrain from expressions that would disrupt harmony among district employees or interfere with the maintenance of discipline by school officials;

 

  C. not make threats or abusive or personally defamatory comments about students, district employees, or officials of the District; and

 

  D. refrain from making public expressions which she/he knows to be false or are made without regard for truth or accuracy.

 

  E. refrain from making derogatory comments or expressions regarding another’s color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or social and family background.

 

First Amendment, U. S. Constitution
Fla. Constitution, Article I, Section 4

Revised January 15, 2019

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