Starting January 9, 2017, Franklin-McKinley School District will be going green with a new electronic form of flyer distribution called Peachjar. This will be a transition from distributing paper flyers at school sites. Flyers from outside organizations will be distributed through email and posted on the school websites. This will not only ensure parents are receiving the flyers currently being sent home via backpack but also a more environmentally-conscious effort by reducing paper copies at the schools.
The Franklin-McKinley School District is partnering with Peachjar, an e-flyer system that allows organizations to upload documents electronically, request distribution to specific schools, and forward automatically for review. Status of requests will be forwarded to the organization's representative once approved or denied. The following guidelines continue to govern requests for information dissemination to Franklin-McKinley schools.
Outside organizations frequently ask schools to share information promoting their services and/or activities, often requesting a copy of the information to be sent home with students. With Peachjar, these requests will now be managed electronically with distribution directly to parents and via school websites. Visit www.peachjar.com to register and upload flyers.
Guidelines for Distribution of Flyers at One or More Schools
Flyers that are approved for distribution must contribute to the education, health, welfare or safety of students and their families and is consistent with the educational mission of the Franklin-McKinley School District, including a commitment to public education.
For-Profit Businesses. Requests coming from for-profit companies generally are declined unless the organization is a formal school or system business partner. However, see below for information regarding tutorial programs.
Non-Profit Organizations. Activities sponsored by non-profits that benefit children usually are accepted. These include items such as children's plays sponsored by non-profit arts alliances, charitable fund raisers where the proceeds go toward youth programs and athletic events such as Little League registration and YMCA programs. Previously organizations were tasked with providing enough copies of materials to be distributed. With Peachjar, organizations may now upload information and submit it to begin the approval process.
Government Agencies. The school system encourages collaboration with other government entities. Approval is almost always granted for publications promoting government-sponsored parks and recreation programs, arts councils, etc. It is the organization's responsibility to access Peachjar to upload copies of the material to be distributed.
Campaign Materials. Materials advocating a particular political candidate or election campaign issue may not be distributed through students nor should they be allowed for distribution inside a school in public or staff areas.
Camps, After-School and Tutorial Programs Not Affiliated with the School System. These organizations may now upload materials to Peachjar to begin the approval process for distribution to parents via email or school websites. Schools may continue to have a centralized spot in the building where parents can see this and other similar information. If your program is similar to a program already provided by the District or one of its partners, it will generally be declined. If you are a fee for service camp, sports league or after school program, information on discounted rates or scholarships available for low-income families must be available on your flyer.
Please click here for Peachjar's fee structure. Peachjar does have a program where it will wave it's fee. Free posting is not determined by being a for profit or non Profit. It is for events/programs that have no charge. You submit a request for free posting to Peachjar by calling 858-997-2117 ex 130 or emailing directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. They will need some information to determine if the flyer qualifies. If it qualifies, Peachjar will add the credits to your account so you can upload. Once uploaded, the flyer still goes to the district for the approval/denial process.
Flyers Being Requested for District-wide Distribution
The Community Relations Department follows the above guidelines when determining whether information should be distributed District-wide.
Process for Requesting District-wide Distribution
The organization/company submits a request through Peachjar.
The organization/company contact person will receive an email from Peachjar via the Community Relations Department of their decision.
If approved, the publication is forwarded as requested.
Approval of the material for distribution does not indicate that Franklin-McKinley Schools endorses the service or program.
In addition, the Community Relations Department does not review proposals for after-school programs or curriculum-related programs such as character education proposals, motivational speakers, cultural arts performances, etc., that are to be held during the school day. These are reviewed by the Educational Services Department.
The Franklin-McKinley School District reserves the right to deny the approval of any flyer, which in the opinion of the Director of Community Relations does not meet the above criteria. The Director of Community Relations also reserves the right to use her discretion to deny any flyer that may not support the goals or mission of FMSD.