PREVIEWING, SHOWING, AND VIEWING FILMS/VIDEO RECORDINGS
A. The following principles and procedures will guide previewing, showing, and viewing films/video recordings in school:
- Films/video recordings must be related to the curriculum.
- No films/video recordings may be shown unless previewed by the teacher. Documentation of all previews must be recorded on a special form and submitted to the Principal for future reference.
- Educational films/video recordings, those purchased with learning kits, borrowed from educational collaboratives, etc., may be viewed by all students without requiring written parental permission.
- Film/video recording ratings provided by the Motion Picture Association of America must be recorded on the film preview form filed with the building principal.
- General films/video recordings of a G rating may be viewed by students without parental permission as long as it is related to the curriculum.
- Film/video recordings rated PG which are directly related to the curriculum, may be viewed by students only with parental permission. PG and PG13 films/video recordings which are related directly to the curriculum may be viewed by students at the high school level only with parental permission.
- Students not having written parental consent, when required, must be provided with appropriate classwork, or other appropriate activities, in a location not in viewing or hearing distance of the film and without intentional embarrassment to the students.
B. If no rating is provided (i.e., in the case of home video recordings, etc.), the Principal should implement the following:
- All questions regarding film/video-recording ratings, the suitableness of film/video recording film parts, etc., must be brought to the attention of the Principal for review and a decision. The Principal always has the option of requesting the Film Review Committee (made up of the Principal as Chairperson, two teachers, and two parents) to determine the appropriateness of a film/video recording.
- In case a film’s/video recording’s appropriateness is challenged, the following process shall take place:
- The challenge must be submitted in writing, with the specific objections cited.
- The school’s Film Review Committee shall review the film/video recording and the related objections. Until the Film Review Committee has reached a decision, the film/video recording may not be shown.
- The Film Review Committee shall make a decision concerning the appropriateness of the film/video recording, and shall notify the challenger in writing, through the Principal, of its decision. The Film Review Committee shall file a written report of its findings, with the Principal, for future reference. The Chairperson of the Film Review Committee shall sign the report.
- If the film/video recording was decided to be inappropriate by the Film Review Committee, the Principal shall see that the film/video recording is not shown in the future.
C. The Principal may use his/her discretion and require written parental permission for students to view any film or videotape.
D. Films on the Internet follow the same guidelines as above.
E. Films/video recordings brought to school by students must adhere to this policy.
ADOPTED: March 15, 1999