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  • 900 Series: School/Community Relations
Rationale Date Approved/Revised
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the advertising or promoting of products or services to students and parents in the schools
  • 5/26/15
  • Revised: 6/28/16
  • Revised: 5/21/19
  • Revised: 4/18/23

1)      General Statement of Policy

The school district’s policy is that the name, facilities, staff, students, or any part of the school district shall not be used for advertising or promoting the interests of a commercial or nonprofit agency or organization except as set forth below.

2)      Advertising Guidelines 

a)      School publications, including publications such as programs and calendars, may accept and publish paid advertising provided they receive advance approval from the appropriate administrator.  In no instance shall publications accept advertising or advertising images for alcohol, tobacco, drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons, or obscene, pornographic, or illegal materials.  Advertisements may be rejected by the school district if determined to be inconsistent with the educational objectives of the school district or inappropriate for inclusion in the publication.  For example, advertisements may be rejected if determined to be false, misleading, or deceptive, or if they relate to an illegal activity or antisocial behavior.  Recognizing the school district’s position of neutrality to all political campaigns and political issues, advertisements that could be perceived as endorsing or opposing specific political issues or candidates will not be allowed.  The facility advisor is responsible for screening all such advertising for appropriateness, including compliance with the school district policy prohibiting sexual, racial, and religious harassment.

b)      The school board may approve advertising in school district facilities or on school district property.  Any approval will state precisely where such advertising may be placed.  The restrictions listed in Section a) above will apply.  Advertising will not be allowed outside the specific area approved by the school board.  Specific advertising must be approved by the superintendent or designee.  In no instance will an advertising device be erected or maintained within 100 feet of a school that is visible to and primarily intended to advertise and inform or to attract or which does attract the attention of operators and occupants of motor vehicles.

c)      Donations which include or carry advertisement must be approved by the school board.

d)      The school district or a school may acknowledge a donation it has received from an organization by displaying a “donated by,” “sponsored in part by,” or a similar by-line with the organization’s name and/or symbol on the item.  Examples include activity programs or yearbooks.

e)      Nonprofit entities and organizations may be allowed to use the school district name, students, or facilities for purposes of advertising or promotion if the purpose is determined to be educationally related and prior approval is obtained from the school board.  Advertising will be limited to the specific event or purpose approved by the school board.

f)       Contracts for computers or related equipment or services that require advertising to be disseminated to students will not be entered into or permitted unless done pursuant to and in accordance with state law.

g)      The inclusion of advertisement in school district publications, in school district facilities, or on school district property does not constitute approval and/or endorsement of any product, service, organization, or activity.  Approved advertisements will not imply or declare such approval or endorsement.

3)      Accounting 

Advertising revenues must be accounted for and reported in compliance with UFARS.  A periodic report shall be made to the school board by the superintendent regarding the scope and amount of such revenues.

Adoption and Revision History

Incorporated Policies




Replaces Policy: 8XX (Advertising in the Schools) adopted April 20, 1995.  This Policy Adopted:  April 14, 1998; Rescinded:  August 5, 2008


This policy adopted:  January 22, 2008;

Rescinded:  May 26, 2015



This policy adopted:  May 26, 2015; Revised:  June 28, 2016

MSBA 905



This policy revised:  May 21, 2019; April 18, 2023


 Administrative Rule, Regulation and Procedure: NA


Legal References:                 Minn. Stat. §123B.93 (Advertising on School Buses)

                                             Minn. Stat. §125B.022 (Contracts for Computers or Related Equipment or Service)

                                             Minn. Stat. § 173.08 (Excluded Road Advertising Devices)                                            


Cross References:                MSBA/MASA Model Policy 421 (Gifts to Employees and School Board Members)

                                             MSBA/MASA Model Policy 702 (Accounting)