The Brainerd School Board Curriculum Committee recommended school board approval of a proposed video use policy, its second reading.
The policy could be adopted at Monday's board meeting.
Minor revisions have been made since the first reading of the policy at last month's board meeting. Parents will be informed of videos watched in class through written community at the start of the grade or course, but could also be informed through a school newsletter or the school building's Web site.
Deb Lechner, director of teaching and learning, said elementary teachers don't provide a syllabus for their students, so the revision needed to be made to include other forms of written communication for parents.
Omitted from the policy was "sexual content" being prohibited from videos shown for ninth- through 12th-graders but will remain in the policy for early childhood through eighth-grade.
Lechner said the reasoning is that nudity may be part of the curriculum for some high school classes, whether it be a video depicting a famous nude statue in a European history or art class, a video on caring for patients in a nursing or healthcare class or video about the body used in a human biology course.
Lechner said members of the committee felt the proposed policy should be further revised to require teachers to send an informational note, not a permission slip, home to parents five days before they show a G- or PG-rated movie not on a syllabus or class list. The policy already provides criteria for what can or cannot be shown to various grade levels.
Superintendent Steve Razidlo said he felt this bordered on excessive. Several board members agreed and it was not changed. Lechner said the committee was open to striking that revision as well.
Board member Molly Kurtzman thanked Lechner and the committee for developing the new policy, which requires all videos shown during the school day be directly related to the curriculum and not be used as a reward, a time-filler or for entertainment purposes.
The policy may be viewed in its entirety on the district's Web site, www.isd181.org.
The committee also recommended board approval of the staff development policy.
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