The Board recognizes creative student expression as an educational benefit of the school experience.
One medium of expression is student journalism. Some student publications, such as annual
yearbooks, school newspapers and student-created or student-edited web pages, may be educational
devices developed as part of the curriculum to benefit primarily those who compile, edit and publish
them. Faculty advisers will be assigned to guide students engaged in these activities. Any
commercial advertisements in these publications will conform to administrative procedures.
The following school-sponsored student publications at the secondary level are authorized by the
Board of Education:
► School Newspaper and/or Magazine -- A school newspaper and/or magazine will be
published under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Its purposes are to promote
communication between classes and allow students the opportunity to illustrate their
creativity and writing skills. The paper may be distributed for a nominal charge to students.
► Yearbook -- A yearbook will be published under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Its
purpose will be to provide a history of pertinent information and school events for the current
school year. The yearbook will be available to students at a cost to be annually determined
by the school administration.
► Web Pages -- Students may be allowed to create or edit web pages under the direction of a
designated faculty member. Its purposes are to inform the district staff, students and
community of school news and to stimulate creativity and knowledge of new media.
School-sponsored publications and productions are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum
for general student use. School authorities may edit or delete material which is inconsistent with the
district's legitimate educational concerns. All student media shall comply with the ethics and rules
of responsible journalism. Information obtained from a student's personally identifiable education
records shall not be disclosed in student publications unless the information is Directory Information
or the district has received written consent from the parent/guardian or eligible student to release the
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Last Revised: 04/19/2001
Cross Refs: EHB, Technology Usage
JO, Student Records
Legal Refs: Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988)
Salem R-80 School District, Salem, Missouri
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