State pro­vides new guide­lines on stu­dent so­lic­i­ta­tion

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

With the Polk School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cially pass­ing a new pol­icy, lo­cal stu­dents now have ex­tended pro­tec­tion against out­sider so­lic­i­ta­tion.

The doc­u­ment, called Pol­icy JKA for the dis­trict, ex­plic­itly pro­hibits the so­lic­i­ta­tion of stu­dents for fi­nan­cial or ma­te­ri­als con­tri­bu­tions and pur­chase of goods or ser­vices while on school prop­erty, us­ing school prop­erty or sup­plies, or at school­spon­sored ac­tiv­i­ties by out­side groups.

Those who are seek­ing sur­veys of stu­dents for de­vel­op­ing stud­ies are still pos­si­ble when re­viewed and per­mit­ted by the su­per­in­ten­dent’s of­fice as au­tho­rized by the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Meth­ods of procur­ing in­for­ma­tion must fol­low set guide­lines such as hav­ing a clear ed­u­ca­tional value, be­ing avail­able for parental re­view, and avoid­ing sen­si­tive or self­in­crim­i­nat­ing sub­ject mat­ters without the prior con­sent of the stu­dent.

Stu­dents and par­ents should note that the pol­icy will not ben­e­fit those out­side of school prop­erty or events, and each re­stric­tion ap­plies only to out­side groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

“The new Pol­icy JKA, Mr. Teems had rec­om­mended it from the state de­part­ment, this is about so­lic­i­ta­tion of stu­dents -about sell­ing prod­ucts on cam­pus that are not of an ed­u­ca­tional pur­pose,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins said. “This is a pol­icy that pre­vents this.”

Mean­while be­fore the board fin­ished up their fi­nal meet­ing of the year, they got to give their ap­proval for an­other trip across the globe for a team from Cedar­town High School.

The school’s De­bate Team once again vis­its Sataima, Japan from Jan­uary 16 through Jan. 25.

The field trip saw unan­i­mous ap­proval, and it won’t be long un­til the team tests their skill on an in­ter­na­tional level.

Other busi­ness in­cluded an­other monthly MERIT award.

Stand­ing for Mag­nif­i­cent Em­ploy­ees Rec­og­nized for In­spi­ra­tion and Tal­ent, the award sees work­ers from var­i­ous de­part­ments hon­ored with praise and gift cards, and the tech­nol­ogy de­part­ment’s Jeff Thomp­son served as the De­cem­ber 2018 re­cip­i­ent.

“He is al­ways will­ing to help in a cheer­ful and pro­fes­sional man­ner,” PCCCA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Katie Thomas said as she read Thomp­son’s peer com­ments. “He has been great at fix­ing com­plex IT is­sues or get­ting ac­counts for teacher re­sources set up. He’s al­ways will­ing to help. He’s also good at fol­low­ing up to make sure things are work­ing prop­erly. He’s very knowl­edge­able and does a great job. He fol­lows up with any re­quests or ques­tions in a timely man­ner. He’s al­ways so help­ful and knows so much in­for­ma­tion. We love his sense of hu­mor.”

The board has paired with Floyd Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter who now spon­sors MERIT and pro­vides the em­ploy­ees’ awards each month as part of their Live Well Polk pro­gram.

Those in­ter­ested in keep­ing up with the board’s ac­tions can visit https://www.polk.k12.ga.us/ Board for more in­for­ma­tion.

/ Sean Wil­liams

The De­cem­ber MERIT Award win­ner was Jeff Thomp­son, who was joined by Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Dan Bevels, Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins, and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Katie Thomas.

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