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400.36 Employee Political Activity

The Board will provide a leave of absence to employees to run for elective public office. The Superintendent/designee will grant an employee a leave of absence to campaign as a candidate for an elective public office as unpaid leave.

The employee will be entitled to leave to run for the elective public office, and the leave may commence within thirty days of a contested primary, special, or general election and continue until the day following the election.

The request for leave must be made in writing to the Superintendent/designee of schools at least thirty days prior to the starting date of the requested leave.

Employees will not campaign or engage in political activity upon property under the jurisdiction of the Board during their work hours. For purposes of this policy, prohibited “political activities” include, but are not limited to, posting of political circulars or petitions, the distribution of political circulars or petitions, the collection of or solicitation for campaign funds, solicitation for campaign workers, and the use of students for writing or addressing or distributing political materials, and engaging in any activity in any manner which would indicate that a school employee is using a position in the school to further personal views on candidates for public office, or to advocate a personal position on questions of public policy in the political arena or to advocate a personal position on a matter subject to a public election. Engagement in any such political activities upon property under the jurisdiction of the board or during activities sponsored by the school district is specifically prohibited.

Violations of any of the foregoing shall, at the discretion of the Superintendent/ designee, constitute cause for reprimand, demotion, suspension, or dismissal.

Nothing in this regulation shall be interpreted as prohibiting teachers from conducting appropriate activities that encourage students to become involved in the political processes; nor does it prohibit the use of political figures, public officials, or candidates as resource persons in the schools.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code ch. 55 (2009).

Adopted: November 15, 2010

Reviewed:
May 18, 2015
September 21, 2020

Revised:
May 18, 2015
September 21, 2020