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COMMUNITY RELATIONS <br />4185 <br />(also 2341) <br />Page 1 of 1 <br />SPEAKERS IN THE CLASSROOM AND AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS <br />The Bonneville Joint School District No. 93 encourages the use of outside speakers <br />when the speaker's program is educationally sound, consistent with the curriculum, and <br />follows District policies and procedures. <br />Guidelines <br />1. All speakers must be invited with the school principal's approval. <br />2. If the subject is controversial the principal may also decide to engage speakers for <br />both sides of the issue(s). <br />3. In no instance shall a speaker who is known to advocate unconstitutional or illegal <br />acts or procedures be permitted to address the students. <br />4. Parents will be given the option to remove their student from certain discussions, <br />and an alternative assignment will be given if the speaker is to address a classroom. <br />Controversial Speakers <br />1. The Board recognizes that visiting speakers may be of specific persuasions and that <br />their topics may be controversial. If they are prohibited from speaking because of <br />their points of view, academic freedom is endangered. <br />2. Students need to examine issues upon which there is disagreement and to practice <br />analyzing problems, gathering and organizing facts, discriminating between facts <br />and opinions, discussing differing viewpoints and drawing tentative conclusions. <br />3. The Board also recognizes that many topics are not suitable for younger or less <br />mature students. <br />4. When correctly handled, the use of controversial speakers becomes an invaluable <br />component in accomplishing the goals of citizenship education. However, this places <br />a serious responsibility on the professional staff members to correctly structure the <br />learning situation involving a speaker. <br />Adopted 03 -09 -2005 Reviewed <br />Revised <br />Legal Reference: I.C. § 33 -512 Governance of schools <br />Bonneville Joint School District No. 93 <br />