Restrictions on Publications
School-Sponsored Publications and Web Sites
School-sponsored publications, productions, and web sites are part of
the curriculum and are not a public forum for general student use.
School authorities may edit or delete material that is inconsistent with
the District’s educational mission.
All school-sponsored communications shall comply with the ethics and
rules of responsible journalism. Text that is libelous, obscene, vulgar,
lewd, invades the privacy of others, conflicts with the basic
educational mission of the school, is socially inappropriate, is
inappropriate due to the maturity of the students, or is materially
disruptive to the educational process will not be tolerated.
The author’s name will accompany personal opinions and editorial
statements. An opportunity for the expression of differing opinions from
those published/produced will be provided within the same media.
Non-School Sponsored Publications Accessed or Distributed On-Campus
For purposes of this section and the following section, a publication
includes, without limitation: (1) written or electronic print material,
and (2) audio-visual material, on any medium including electromagnetic
media (e.g. images, MP3 files, flash memory, etc.), or combinations of
these whether off-line (e.g., a printed book, CD-ROM, etc.) or on-line
(e.g., any website, social networking site, database for information
Creating, distributing and/or accessing non-school sponsored
publications shall occur at a time and place and in a manner that will
not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the
distribution or the publication is endorsed by the School District.
Students are prohibited from creating, distributing and/or accessing at school any publication that:
- Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities;
- Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material
that is libelous, invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a
- Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of
the students, including but not limited to material that is obscene,
pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar, contains indecent and
vulgar language, or sexting as defined by School Board policy and Student Handbooks;
- Is reasonably viewed as promoting illegal drug use; or
- Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade and is primarily
prepared by non-students, unless it is being used for school purposes.
Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material
from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the
material to be distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by
Accessing or distributing “on-campus” includes accessing or
distributing on school property or at school-related activities. A
student engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be
disciplined for: (1) accessing or distributing forbidden material, or
(2) for writing, creating, or publishing such material intending for it
to be accessed or distributed at school.
Non-School Sponsored Publications Accessed or Distributed Off-Campus
A student engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be
disciplined for creating and/or distributing a publication that: (1)
causes a substantial disruption or a foreseeable risk of a substantial
disruption to school operations, or (2) interferes with the rights of
other students or staff members.
Adopted: January 23, 2012