Audio Visual Guidelines

Use of Audio-Visual Materials

All staff must inform the building principal, in writing, of any/all audio-visual materials obtained from sources other than the usual sources: district and building collections.

All audio-visual materials (including video-tape and off-air copies programs) need to meet the same standards for selection as textbooks, library books and audio-visual materials that govern their use in a building and classroom.  Audio-visual materials and films must be previewed.

Copyright restrictions will be observed.

Use of Commercial Video Materials

Commercial video materials may be shown to students kindergarten through twelfth grade if the materials are rated G. Visual materials rated PG or PG-13 may be shown after getting consent from the superintendent or designee and if written consent is obtained from the parent or guardian. PG-13 rated movies may not be shown to elementary students. R rated movies may not be shown at any grade.

In all cases where a video requires superintendent/designee consent and parental permission the school principal must be informed of when and where the video will be used and how it supports district curriculum. Even if parental or guardian consent is required, teachers should use careful judgment with the use of any video to avoid student exposure to unacceptable material. The following guideline should be used with the showing of all commercial videos.

Commercial Videotape Guidelines

The videotape must:

  • be shown only to students and educators in a face-to-face setting
  • be shown as part of the instructional program
  • be shown either in a classroom or other school location devoted to instruction
  • be shown using a legitimate (that is, not illegally reproduced) copy with the copyright notice included.
  • not be used for entertainment, recreation, or in a context that is unrelated to a teaching activity
  • not be shown to an audience other than students, such as a community activity
  • not involve an illegally acquired or duplicated copy of the work.

 

Elementary Middle School High School
G Appropriate Appropriate  

Appropriate

 

PG  

Superintendent consent and Parent Permission Required

 

Superintendent consent and Parent Permission Required

 

Superintendent consent and Parent Permission Required

PG-13  

Not Appropriate

 

Superintendent consent and Parent Permission Required

 

Superintendent consent and Parent Permission Required

R  

Not Appropriate

 

Not Appropriate

 

Not Appropriate

 

Approval must be obtained from the principal before outside speakers are invited to speak to the classroom or a group of students.  This would also pertain to people that you would like to ask to work with your students.

Macintosh HD:Curriculum Records:2005 update Records: School Policy:Commercial Video Guidelines