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The Durham Public Schools permits the appropriate use of videos and digital media resources for instructional purposes, including but not limited to videotapes, DVDs, streaming video/audio, and video/audio clips.


Prior to presentation of an entire feature length video (defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Institute as 40 minutes or longer), regardless of physical format or source, instructional personnel must complete and submit the Prior Approval for Videos and Digital Media form to the principal for his/her approval.


The principal may grant blanket approval for the use of  any video/digital resource for instructional purposes that has been selected and approved for purchase by authorized school or district personnel, or provided through the district software portfolio. As with any resources, movies, videos, audio/video clips and all digital content should be used for instructional purposes only as part of face-to-face instruction or as a component of a distance learning curriculum, must be aligned with the Standard Course of Study, and be selected and approved according to Policy 3015, Selection and Reconsideration of Instructional Resources. All videos and digital media resources utilized in Durham Public Schools may only be done so in compliance with the terms of service of the vendor, internet provider, video rental company or other source, and must be “lawfully” made; i.e., not a copy of media which was duplicated in violation of Fair Use without the expressed permission of the copyright holder.


Additionally, principals, teachers and other professional personnel should refer to industry rating scales (i.e., the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, scale) to determine if the selection is appropriate for viewing in its entirety by a particular audience. Non-rated selections should be previewed in their entireties by the principal or his/her designee and evaluated for their adherence to the outlined criteria in Board Policy 3015.  Parental consent should be obtained using the DPS Video and Digital Media in the Classroom Parental Informed Consent form in order to show any full length selection rated above “G” in elementary school, any selection above “PG” in middle school, and any selection above “PG 13” in high school.  Any selection rated “NC-17” is prohibited.  Students who do not have parental permission to view the selection will be provided appropriate alternative educational activities by the teacher.


Feature length movies regardless of physical format or source may not be shown for fundraising, extra-curricular activities, reward, recreation or for before or after school use without expressed permission or license.  The use of any movies, videos or digital media (regardless of length) for entertainment or reward purposes, or in lieu of planned instructional activities, violates this policy and may violate copyright laws and is strictly prohibited.



The Superintendent is authorized to enact procedures implementing this policy.


Legal Reference: G.S.115C-36. Cross Reference: Policy 3015, Selection and Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Policy 3060, Copyright 
Adopted Effective: July 1, 1999

Revised: June 27, 2013