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Campaign Practices

What is campaigning?

Any attempt by an individual or group to engage students, staff, parents or community members for a political objective is considered campaigning. This may include distribution of pamphlets, emailing schools, requests to speak to students and staff or parents, posting signs, or wearing campaign buttons and shirts. Campaigning in or through District schools is not allowed.

Can a sitting councillor or trustee visit a school at the invitation of the principal for the benefit of students during an election period?

Yes, if the visit is non-partisan and serves an educational purpose. For example, a politician may be invited to participate in READ-IN Week activities, to provide information on the election process, or bring greetings at a school opening, anniversary or graduation.

Can a candidate attend a school council meeting or other public meeting at the school?

Yes; however, the candidate cannot campaign on District property.

Can a school council invite candidates to speak to school council?

If a school council chooses to organize a meeting with all officially registered candidates for a particular office (e.g., Ward Trustee or Ward Councillor), all registered candidates must be invited to address the meeting and receive equal time to speak and equal treatment. Candidates are considered officially registered after nomination day on Monday, September 18.

Can staff work on a campaign for a particular candidate?

Yes, a staff member is an elector. However, employees may not engage in partisan or campaign activities of any kind while on Board property or during work hours. No District resources (phone, fax, computer, email, photocopier) can be used for partisan political activity.

Once elected, the Board of Trustees is in effect the District employer and therefore, employees should govern their campaign-related activities accordingly.