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5722 - School-Sponsored Publications and Productions

The Board may sponsor student publications and productions as a means by which students learn, under adult direction, the rights and responsibilities of public expression in a free society.

For purposes of this policy, "publications" shall include any audio, visual, or written materials such as tapes, banners, films, pamphlets, notices, newspapers, books, or other like materials. "Productions" shall include theatrical performances as well as impromptu dramatic presentations.

Such publications and productions also play a vital role in the school program by:

  A. Interpreting students and the school to the community


  B. Serving as a public relations media


  C. Developing skills in communicating via the mass media


  D. Developing acceptable methods for preserving the constitutional provision of free speech


In sponsoring a student publication or production, the Board is mindful of the fact that it could be available to any student attending the school, and must, therefore, generally suitable for all students.

Issues on which opposing points of view have been promulgated by responsible opinion may be introduced in a school-sponsored publication provided equal opportunity is given to present each view and provided further that the material is generally acceptable to this community.

Advertising is permitted in school newspapers, yearbooks, programs, etc. which are published by student organizations. Permission should be given by the school administrator.

The Board reserves the right to designate and prohibit any material contained in school sponsored publications, productions, or any other expressive activities occurring in a curricular activity that students, parents, and members of the public might reasonably perceive to bear the imprimatur of the school when such material does not reasonably serve the pedagogical interests of the school. Such materials include, but are not limited to, those which:

  A. Are grossly prejudicial to an ethnic, religious, racial, or other delineated group


  B. Libel any specific person or persons;


  C. Advocate or advertise the use or availability of any substance or material which could constitute a direct and substantial danger to the health of students;


  D. Are obscene or contain obscenity or material otherwise deemed to be harmful to the students who may receive them;


  E. Incite, urge, or advocate violence, use of force, or violation of law or school regulations; or


  F. Contain any material or treat any subject which is not appropriate for the school in which they are to be published or produced. Appropriateness will be assessed based upon the curriculum and age of the readership.


The decision as whether or not something is published or produced shall be made by the advisor with appeal to the principal and Superintendent.

F.S. 847.07, 1001.43
Fla. Const. Art. I, Sec. 4

Revised 6/11/13

© Neola 2004

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