Virtual Backpack (vB203) Guidelines
District 203 receives numerous requests from organizations requesting distribution of informational and promotional materials to our students. Approval of materials is at the sole discretion of District 203 administration; please be advised that we have very specific guidelines governing the distribution of materials through our communication systems. Requesting organizations must be located within District 203 boundaries.
vB203, or Virtual Backpack for District 203, is an "eco-friendly" approach to distributing information that supports the school district's education goals and mission submitted for consideration from non-profit organizations and intergovernmental agencies.
Rather than sending flyers via backpack (which previously only took place at the elementary level), we are now posting approved information on this "virtual backpack" web page. It is estimated that this saves nearly 2,000 hours per year in time, as well as conserves natural resources.
Regular notices are sent to all Talk203 participants, reminding them that flyer information is posted on our vB203 web page. Those wishing to submit information to be posted must do so electronically by emailing a completed vB203 Flyer Request Form (Word, 26 KB) and a PDF of the flyer to Dee Grier (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least ten days in advance of the desired posting date.
Organizations may be limited to posting one item per month, with a two-month limit for any single flyer. Approved postings will be updated on a weekly basis. Complete details are listed in the vB203 Distribution Guidelines document.
Limited Print Materials
Upon District approval, and at the discretion of each building administrator, a limited number of materials may be made available in the main office and/or posted as appropriate. It will be up to the requesting organization to provide paper copies to each school in a timely manner once approval has been given. It is not possible for schools to make additional copies or to distribute to individual classrooms/students.
Approved posters will be limited to 5 at the elementary level, 10 at the junior high level and 15 at the high school level, delivered to the front office by the group making the request.