Nebo District Considers Strict Film Policy

Nebo District Considers Strict Film Policy

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) -- The Nebo School District Board of Education is considering tighter policies on showing films in the classroom and student travel. The board will consider the proposals at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the district offices at Spanish Fork.

The movie policy specifies that all visual media outside of the materials in the District Instructional Media Center must have prior approval from the principal.

Movies with a PG rating would not be shown without parental approval, and no movies would be allowed with a rating of PG-13, R or NC-17.

"We didn't really have much of a policy before. It just did not define very much," said Bob Wadley, director of secondary education for Nebo School District.

A previous draft of the proposed district travel policy had required 80 percent of students' parents or guardians support an out-of-state trip before it could be approved, with parents surveyed through secret ballots.

In the new draft being considered Tuesday, that section has been changed to simply requiring parents to sign a consent form before their children are allowed to go on an out-of-state or overnight trip.

"We've talked to a couple of districts and we've just not been able to find a way to get good data" regarding parents' opinions of a proposed trip, Wadley said. A school could not ensure that notes sent home are seen by a parent.

The new travel policy draft also specifies that absence from school must not exceed three days for in-state trips and four days for out-of-state trips, an increase of one day in each category over the previous draft.

The district's current policy allows four days for in- and out-of-state travel.

The proposed travel policy limits the cost of trips to $400 per student. Bus or van travel is restricted to 900 miles one way. Plane travel is restricted only by the $400 limit.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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