505P - Nepotism

  1. The School Board may not employ or pay, and the superintendent may not recommend for employment, any family member of the superintendent or of a School Board member except as authorized below. This prohibition does not apply to the employment, promotion, or transfer within the school division of any family member who: 

    1. Has been employed pursuant to a written contract with a school board or employed as a substitute teacher or teacher's aide by a school board prior to the taking of office of any member of such board or division superintendent of schools; or

    2. Has been employed pursuant to a written contract with a school board or employed as a substitute teacher or teacher's aide by a school board prior to the inception of such relationship; or

    3. Was employed by a school board at any time prior to June 10, 1994, and had been employed at any time as a teacher or other employee of any Virginia school board prior to the taking of office of any member of the School Board or superintendent.

  2. Notwithstanding the rules stated in Section A above, the School Board may employ or pay, and the superintendent may recommend for employment, any family member of a School Board member provided that:

    • The member certifies that he/she had no involvement with the hiring decision; and

    • The superintendent certifies to the remaining members of the School Board in writing that the recommendation is based upon merit and fitness and the competitive rating of the qualifications of the individual and that no member of the Board had an involvement with the hiring decision.

    A family member employed as a substitute teacher may not be employed to any greater extent than he was employed by the school board in the last full school year prior to the taking of office of such board member or division superintendent or to the inception of such relationship. 

  3. No family member of any employee may be employed by the School Board if the family member to be employed is in a direct supervisory and/or administrative relationship either supervisory or subordinate to the employee. The employment or assignment of family members in the same organizational unit shall be discouraged. 

  4. Family members are defined as father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law or brother-in-law. 


Legal Reference(s):
Code of Virginia, Section(s) 2.2-3119


Adopted: February 6, 1990
Amended: August 15, 2006
Amended: July 20, 2010
Amended: July 19, 2017
Amended: June 25, 2019