6:80 Teaching About Controversial Issues

Pennoyer School District #79                                                                                                 6:80



Teaching About Controversial Issues

The Superintendent shall ensure that all school-sponsored presentations and discussions of controversial or sensitive topics in the instructional program, including those made by guest speakers, are:

·         Age-appropriate. Proper decorum, considering the students’ ages, should be followed.

·         Consistent with the curriculum and serve an educational purpose.

·         Informative and present a balanced view.

·         Respectful of the rights and opinions of everyone. Emotional criticisms and hurtful sarcasm should be avoided.

·         Not tolerant of profanity or slander.

The District specifically reserves its right to stop any school-sponsored activity that it determines violates this policy, is harmful to the District or the students, or violates State or federal law.

CROSS REF.:         6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6:255 (Assemblies and Ceremonies)

First Read: October 11, 2017

Adopted: November 8, 2017