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School Specialty Shipping Policy


Items Shipped Within the Contiguous 48 United States

Eligible for Free Shipping

  • Free shipping and handling on eligible supply orders of $49 or more. Free shipping calculation is based on the subtotals of eligible items, after any additional discounts are applied.
  • For subtotals less than $49, the shipping and handling charge is $9.95.

Ineligible for Free Shipping

  • For parcel items, shipping and handling charges are 12% of the subtotal of the items, after any discounts are applied, with a $5 minimum charge.
  • For non-parcel items, shipping and handling charges are 15% of the subtotal of the items, after any discounts are applied, with a $99 minimum charge. If the subtotal is greater than $1,000, please call 1-877-350-0645 or E-mail freight_quote@schoolspecialty.com for a freight quote.

Additional Charges

Living Materials
Items marked with an asterick (*) include Living Materials Cards. Please allow 3-4 weeks after you send in your card for delivery of living materials. Living materials are not returnable. Should you encounter any problems with your living materials notify us within 48 hours upon receipt of the order. Cost of replacement after two days becomes the responsibility of the customer. In the event of inclement weather your shipment could be delayed to ensure quality product. Living materials can only be shipped in the 48 contiguous states.

Additional Shipping Charges for Live Items
1-3 items - $12.50
4-5 items - $22.00
6 or more items - $30.00

Hazardous Materials
An additional charge applies to shipments of hazardous items. Hazardous materials are not returnable. Currently we cannot ship hazardous materials to Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, or International countries.

Additional Shipping Charges for Hazardous Materials (ships via truck):
1-3 items - $25.00
4 or more items - $75.00

*Note: Individually negotiated shipping policies will override the standard shipping policy. See Full Details

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