Promoting events and activities in PPS schools

  • Portland Public Schools only allows the distribution of materials for events and activities for students that are either district-sponsored or coming from a governmental organization. “District-sponsored” means coming from a PPS central office department, from a PPS school, from a PPS school’s foundation, from a PPS school’s parent-teacher group or from a PPS school’s booster club. It also includes organizations that have contracts with PPS - those organizations must include their non-discrimination policy on their materials. Examples of governmental organizations include the City of Portland, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Multnomah County Library, Oregon Zoo and Multnomah Educational Services District.

    PPS schools can distribute and display materials for events and activities for students that are from the district or a governmental organization without getting central office approval. Governmental organizations must provide their own copies of fliers and posters. It is not the responsibility of district staff to make copies for governmental organizations.

    Lawn signs are only allowed for sharing of district information, such as advertising a school-sponsored event or recruiting for PPS departments. Outside organizations are not allowed to display lawn signs on district property. Parent groups and booster clubs may have lawn signs on school property with principal approval. 

    As of March 1, 2018, PPS discontinued the use of Peachjar, the online flier distribution system used since January 2016, and no longer allows for the distribution of materials for non-governmental organizations.

    If interested in seeing what events are happening in a PPS school, check out the online Civic Use of Buildings calendar at


  • Lindsay Trapp
    Community Relations & Public Affairs Representative