Community Relations

School districts have an obligation to serve the communities whose tax dollars built their buildings and fund their activities.  However, when the interests of the public conflict with school districts' core educational mission, districts can and should establish clear boundaries.  The following are resources related to relations with parent organizations and volunteers, processing public complaints, and regulating conduct on campuses and at school events.

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on community relations, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

GA Access to Programs, Services, and Activities
GE Relations with Parent Organizations
GF Public Complaints
GKA Conduct on School Premises
GKB Advertising and Fund Raising in the Schools
GKC Visitors to the Schools
GKD Nonschool Use of School Facilities
GKDA Distribution of Nonschool Literature
GKG School Volunteer Program

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Advertising in Public Schools provides basic guidelines on fundraising through advertising on district property and to the district community.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Common Booster Club Questions answers frequently asked questions about booster clubs and offers guidelines for fundraising and managing booster club funds.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Firearms on School District Property answers numerous questions about restrictions on possession of firearms on school property and at school activities
  • TASB Legal Services' article, Dealing with Disruptions, provides guidance on how to handle visitors on school campuses, including disruptive community members.
  • TASB Legal Services' article, Distribution of Nonschool Materials on School Property, explains the rights of community members who wish to distribute nonschool materials at school or events and when districts can impose restrictions.
  • TASB Policy Service provides Starting Points, which are tool kits to assist districts in developing local policies.  Starting Points are posted online behind myTASB.  A Starting Points is available for policy codes GKD and GKDA on Nonschool Use of School Facilities and Distribution of Nonschool Literature. 
  • TASB Legal Services' Religion in the Public Schools DVD, available for sale in the TASB Store, guides teachers, administrators, and others in the school community on the careful balance between constitutional protections of free speech, free exercise of religion, and the prohibition on establishing religion in the public schools.
  • More resources from TASB Legal Services and other sources are available free online in Religion Resources.
  • For information on grievances by employees, see eSource at Personnel – Employment Conditions – Grievances.

Other Resources

  • The Texas PTA provides information to parents and educators about the purpose and value of parent-teacher organizations.
  • The Texas Attorney General (AG) Charitable Raffles Website provides information about the Texas Charitable Raffle Enabling Act, an important source of fundraising for school activities.
  • The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has published a bulletin on School Fundraisers and Texas Sales Tax with guidance for booster clubs, PTAs, concession stands, and more.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation Outdoor Advertising Signs Website provides information on the rules that apply to outdoor advertising as well as related forms.
  • The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Records Service Website includes links to searchable criminal conviction and sex offender databases containing information made available to the public.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Website provides several resources related to federal civil rights laws such as Title VI, which prohibits discrimination in schools based on race, color, or national origin.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website provides information about facility accessibility requirements and accommodations for individuals with disabilities as well as related guidance and technical assistance.
  • The First Amendment Center provides information about the impact of the First Amendment on schools, including distribution of literature and access to campus.
  • The U.S. Access Board Website provides information about accessible facility and transportation design to address the needs of individuals with disabilities, including accessibility guidelines for play areas, building elements designed for children's use, and district facilities.