Policy 6165 | Motion Pictures in the Classroom and Schools

By Instruction
    1. Regardless of the appropriateness of motion picture content, Fair Use Guidelines as stated within copyright laws restrict the use of motion pictures to “face-to-face” instruction (Refer to Policy, Rules & Regulations, and Procedure No. 6164).
    2. Scenes from motion pictures that contain vulgarity, indecency, nudity and/or excessive violence are strictly prohibited in the classroom and school.
    3. Use of motion pictures in the classroom must be limited to instructional purposes. The instructional value of a motion picture shall be weighed against the value of the academic time it consumes.
      1. Students should be prepared to connect the motion picture to academic content through pre and post activities related to the curriculum. 
      2. It is recommended that only those segments of the motion picture which illustrate the topic or content be shown rather than viewing the movie in its entirety. 
        1. Transfer of motion picture segments from the original copyrighted format to another format (e.g.. laser disc to video, etc.) is prohibited by law. 
        2. Creation of an anthology (e.g.. recording multiple clips onto a single tape) is prohibited by law. 
    4. Use of any motion picture, or segment thereof, must be approved in advance by the school administration. Educators are discouraged from showing motion pictures. 
      1. Approval for the use of motion pictures by a school administrator shall follow the protocol established in Procedure No. 6165, “Alpine School District Non-Public Performance Motion Picture Request.” 
    5. Use of appropriate motion pictures through the acquisition of public performance rights may be suitable as a school activity. The school administration is responsible for applying for public performance rights.

Policy 6164 | Copyright Law

By Instruction

    1. The Alpine School District is committed to observance of the Federal/State Copyright Laws and publisher licensing agreements.
    2. It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent of Schools or designee to keep district administrative personnel advised as to the current status of copyright laws so that all employees may perform their duties within the intent of the law.
    3. All licensing agreements shall be approved by the Board of Education.
    4. District level administrators/principals shall be responsible for enforcement of this policy as it affects employees under their direction.
    5. Educators shall be responsible for educating students concerning the legal, ethical, and practical problems caused by illegal use of software regarding copyright law and copyright abuse. (i.e. software, music, and videotape)
    6. All employees in violation of Federal or State Copyright laws and/or district policy, rules and regulations, and procedure shall be held responsible.

Policy 6163 | Accredited Public Schools & State Approved Private Schools within the District

By Instruction
    1. The Board of Education of Alpine School District recognizes the need of nearby accredited public and state approved private schools to use media in their classroom presentations. This policy statement is to give the guidelines under which films and video tapes in the Alpine School District library can be obtained for such use. 
      1. User schools will have access to all of the films and video tapes in the district collection.
      2. A use fee will be established to defray overhead and depreciation costs.
      3. When public and private school usage requests conflict with Alpine District’s usage, the district shall have priority.
      4. A contract will be written to protect the district’s interest regarding lost films or tapes, late returns, method of reimbursement of rental fees, etc.
      5. Educators shall be responsible for educating students concerning the legal, ethical, and practical problems caused by illegal use of software regarding copyright law and copyright abuse (i.e., software, music, and videotape).
      6. All employees in violation of Federal or State Copyright laws and/or district policy, rules and regulations, and procedure shall be held responsible.

Policy 6162 | Instruction – Standardized Testing

By Instruction

The Board of Education recognizes that educational testing is closely related to curriculum development, program evaluation, vocational and educational decision-making for students, parents and teachers, and public accountability. The Board is committed to the process of periodic standardized assessment of students which is consistent with accepted testing practices.

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Policy 6161 | Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials

By Instruction
    1. The Board of Education has the legal responsibility to adopt or approve textbooks, supplementary books, and instructional materials for use in elementary and secondary schools.
    2. The primary objective of the Board of Education is that all textbooks, supplementary books and instructional materials, including donated materials, housed in the classroom or media center is to support the educational programs of the school and district. Materials selected shall be to support the adopted courses of study and shall contribute to the development of the social, intellectual and spiritual values of students.
    3. Instructional material shall be understood to include all books (texts, fiction and non-fiction) magazines and newspapers; all AV materials including audio, visual and video formats or combinations of formats; microcomputer software and any kits, models, games, etc., used with the Alpine School District.
    4. Although the process for selection of instructional materials is an administrative function, opportunities shall be made available for input and grievance from students, teachers, parents, and others interested in the educational process.
    5. The Board of Education delegates to the professional staff the responsibility for evaluating and selecting learning materials, reserving the board the right to approve or disapprove the final recommendation.
    6. The following criteria shall be used in the selection of instructional materials:
      1. Educational significance
      2. Need and value to the collection
      3. Reputation and standing of author or producer
      4. Clarity, adequacy, and scope of text or audio-visual presentation
      5. Validity, accuracy, objectivity, up-to-dateness, and appropriateness of text or audio-visual presentation
      6. Organization and presentation of contents
      7. Readability and/or comprehensibility
      8. Potential user appeal
      9. Artistic quality and/or literary style
      10. Quality format
      11. Value commensurate with cost and/or need

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