5252 Policy – Staff Participation in Political Activities

Bellingham Public Schools recognizes the right of its employees, as citizens, to engage in political activities. A staff member may seek an elective office provided that the staff member does not campaign on school property or during working hours. School property and school time, supported by public funds, may not be used for political purposes, unless the employee has rented school facilities generally available to the public.

In the event the staff member is elected to office, the employee may request a leave of absence in accordance with the leave policies of the district or the provisions of the applicable labor agreement for the employee. District employees who hold elective or appointive public office in an organization are not entitled to time off from their school duties for reasons incident to such offices except as such time may qualify under leave policies of the district.



Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 08/14/08; 05/28/15
Updated: 02/09/16
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 41.06.250        Political activities

RCW 42.17A.555     Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns – Prohibition – Exceptions