When selecting instructional materials for use in the classroom, teachers must adhere to federal guidelines, California Education Code
, and GUHSD Governing Board Policies
. Read about video use information compiled by GUHSD's Educational Technology Department: FAQ Responses Regarding Classroom Viewing of Videos/Movies for Instructional Purposes
. Also refer to the table at the bottom of this page to find key points and links to regulations regarding the following topics: (1) Copyright, (2) Feature Films and R-Rated Content, and (3) Sex Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention Materials.
Please note: Video shown in our schools should always be legally obtained. If you do not have a legal copy, please make a purchase request to our department and/or at your school site.
A Special Note Regarding Use of Online Video:
The guidelines and resources on this page are geared toward traditional, professionally-produced educational and feature films. When using online video resources, special considerations must be made regarding copyright when downloading, sharing, or remixing content - be sure to refer to guidelines provided by the source website (e.g., YouTube's Copyright Center
). Online video also poses a new challenge in determining appropriateness of content for widely-available unrated materials, particularly in the case of amateur, non-commercial video. Be aware that content appropriateness varies depending on the source website (e.g., YouTube vs. Discovery Education), but also within websites (i.e., consider YouTube's wide range of content).
*To access GUHSD Governing Board Policy, log in with Username=public and Password=grossmont.
|| Key Points of Guidelines
||Links to Pertinent Guidelines|
||-Only lawfully made, purchased, or rented videos may be used as part of the instructional program for face-to-face classroom instruction.
-Video used for recreational or entertainment, (e.g., assemblies, fundraisers, clubs) requires licensing of Public Performance Rights.
|Use of Copyrighted Materials (GUHSD AR 6162.6*), "Fair Use" Educational Exemption to U.S. Copyright Act (Section 110), TEACH Act (Public Law 107-273) regarding use of copyrighted material with digital instruction (ALA Guide)|
*Read more about Off-Air Recordings
|Feature Films and R-Rated Content
||-All feature films rated G, PG, PG-13, and R require department chair and site administrator approval before being used.
-Films rated R also require written notification of parents/guardians, allowing them to exempt their child. Exempted students must be provided an alternative assignment to complete.
-Films rated NC-17 and X may never be used.
|Utilization of Instructional Materials (GUHSD AR 6161.11*)|
|Sex Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention Materials
||-Parents must be notified in advance of instruction.
-Materials must be made available to parents for review.
-Parents may choose to exempt their child from instruction.
|Family Life/Sex Education (GUHSD AR 6142.1*)/Instruction (GUHSD E 6142.1*), AIDS Prevention (GUHSD AR 6142.2*), Parental Consent & Notification (CA EC 51937-51939), Instruction and Materials (CA EC 51933), HIV/AIDS Prevention (CA EC 59134), Exemptions ECA EC 51240)|