AudioVisual Guidelines

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Guidelines for the Use of Audiovisual Works

"Audiovisual works are works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied." (Section 101, Copyright Law of the United States)

The M.S.A.D. No. 75 Guidelines for the Use of Audiovisual Works refers to works such as videos, digital videodiscs, QuickTime movies, 16 mm films, laser disks and other similar works.

  1. All employees are expected to adhere to the provisions of the United States Code regarding copying and/or use of copyrighted materials.
  2. An audiovisual work that is shown should be educationally sound - tied to the curriculum, previewed by the teacher and presented in a teacher-guided, face-to-face learning activity.
  3. Audiovisual works should be included in a teacher lesson plan where the rationale for its showing is clear.
  4. Audiovisual materials that are not age appropriate or whose content may be controversial must be approved in advance by the principal. Age-appropriate materials are as follows:
    • Elementary - G
    • Middle School - G and PG
    • High School - G, PG and PG-13
    If not age appropriate and approved, parents need to be notified well in advance of such showing and given the opportunity to exempt their children. Under no circumstances can an NC-17 or X-rated work be presented.
  5. Use of copyrighted audiovisual works for entertainment purposes is an infringement of copyright law when individuals are asked to pay to view them or when used as a public activity.
  6. Substitute teachers will not present audiovisual works unless they are contained in the class lesson plan or course syllabus.
  7. FIRST READING: December 11, 2003
    SECOND READING: January 8, 2004
    ADOPTION: January 8, 2004

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