Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5722 - SCHOOL-SPONSORED STUDENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTIONS

In general, the objectives of school-sponsored student publications and productions are to:

 

A.

communicate to those who are actively interested in the school – i.e., students, teachers, parents, administration, alumni, and other members of the school community;

   
 

B.

provide vehicles for the expression of student thought and action and to act as catalysts for helping students realize goals and objectives;

   
 

C.

create a wholesome school spirit and to support the best traditions of the school;

   
 

D.

promote and encourage school-sponsored activities;

   
 

E.

provide training in useful and purposeful writing, speaking, artwork, photography, and layout;

   
 

F.

create a desire for the best forms of journalism or theatrical production, both in and out of school.

In implementing School Board Policy 5722, the following guidelines are applicable:

 

A.

Excellence in writing and/or speaking will be sought and the ethics of responsible journalism and/or literary merit will determine what will be published/performed. Presentation of facts or ideas is to be based on careful research.

     
 

B.

Students shall have the right to express their views and attitudes on all issues provided the speech is not: 1) defamatory, libelous, obscene or harmful to juveniles; 2) reasonably likely to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities or the educational process; 3) an infringement upon the privacy or rights of others; 4) a violation of copyright law; 5) a promotion of activities, products or services unlawful (illegal) as the minors as defined by State or Federal law; or 6) otherwise a violation of school policy and/or State or Federal law.

   
 

C.

Language, pictures, music, or symbols that are obscene, libelous or protected by copyright and/or trademark are prohibited.

   
 

D.

Constructive criticism of the school, the Corporation, other institutions, and/or social groups or practices is encouraged.

   
 

E.

A by-line shall accompany every printed article, publication, or production.

   
 

F.

Advertisements shall reflect the spirit of these guidelines. Advertisements shall not be accepted that encourage or advocate violence or disregard of the law, promote the sale of any substance the use of which is prohibited by law (such as drugs and alcohol or of any paraphernalia associated with sex or drugs), any item that would be offensive to a significant population of the school community, or items not in keeping with school purposes or that violate State or Federal law.

     
 

G.

All school-sponsored student publications and productions are subject to prior review by the class/activity advisor(s) and/or building principal. Those who are denied approval for inclusion of materials in school-sponsored student media may appeal to the building principal Board whose decision will be final.

The duties of the faculty advisor and assistant advisors shall be to:

 

A.

serve in a liaison capacity between the publication/production’s staff and the faculty and administration;

   
 

B.

establish criteria and standards by which students can assess the quality of their publication/production and their techniques;

   
 

C.

advise, suggest, and edit when necessary;

   
 

D.

interpret the foregoing guidelines.

© Neola 2011