School Policies Re: President Obama’s Address to Students Sept. 8, 2009

 

•  ALLEN ISD is encouraging teachers to show the speech to students in grades 4-12. "The Allen ISD Learner Services Department has reviewed a summary of the address and feels it is appropriate as part of the school district's social studies curriculum," the district said in a statement. "Allen ISD is encouraging teachers from grades 4-12 to have their classes either tune into the address or view it online at a later date. Because the address is being broadcast during the lunch hour at some schools, it may be used by classes later in the week."

• ARLINGTON ISD will not offer a live broadcast of the president's address. "The district will make the speech available in the future as an instructional resource as deemed appropriate to the district's curriculum," according to a statement issued Thursday afternoon. "Students and parents will also be able to access the speech through a link on the district's Web site."

•  BIRDVILLE ISD says the presidential address will not be shown live in classrooms. "However, the district will make the speech available as an instructional resource to be used in Social Studies and other classes when it is appropriate to the curriculum."

•  CARROLLTON ISD C-FB ISD officials believe that the best approach is to record the message and then determine the most meaningful connection to the curriculum. 

  • There is no directive from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD or the Federal Government mandating students to watch the speech. 
  • Campus principals and teachers who use the taped message will focus the follow-up discussion on the importance of education.
  • If a parent does not wish for his/her child to view the message, please contact your campus principal.

• DALLAS ISD will let teachers and principals decide whether students will see President Obama's address.

•  DUNCANVILLE ISD says individual teachers will decide whether to show the speech in their classrooms.

•  FORT WORTH ISD will not show the speech live but will provide live feeds that will be available to high schools. A recording of the speech will also be available to those in elementary and middle schools. Teachers will make the final decision.

•  FRISCO ISD will record the president's message "and then determine how it can best be used," the district said in a statement posted on its Web site. "We feel that our leaders and educators at the schools are best equipped to determine how it should be used." Parents are advised to contact their child's school to see how the address will be utilized.

•  GARLAND ISD has not made a decision.

• GRAND PRAIRIE ISD has not made a decision.

•  HIGHLAND PARK ISD will not air the speech to all students. "While we appreciate the president's support for education, we will not change our instructional day in order to air the message," the district said in a statement to students and staff. "We trust our faculty members to decide on appropriate instructional content. If a faculty member finds a compelling reason to use the material in the classroom, we support the instructor's professional judgment."

•  KELLER ISD says live feeds will be provided. "All students will have the opportunity to view President Obama's speech," according to school board President Cindy Lotton. "Each of Keller ISD's 36 campuses will determine their own plan of action on how their students may view the address," according to a statement from Keller ISD. "However, live video will be made available through the district's internal Web portal. Following the speech, a recorded version of the speech will be located in the same location for those students and classes that were not able to view it live."

• LEWISVILLE ISD said it will not show the speech live but will provide an online link to the speech for students and parents to be able to watch at home.

•  MELISSA ISD "will not present the address live to students without having the opportunity to preview the address prior to potential classroom use," according to a statement. "At the conclusion of the live address, Melissa ISD will download the presentation for preview by teachers and potential inclusion in the lesson planning process for future use."

•  MESQUITE ISD will not show the president's address when it occurs. "The timing of the live broadcast does not coincide with class schedules and will occur during many lunch periods," according to a statement posted on the district's Web site. The district will provide a link to the speech "where parents may view the video themselves. If parents watch the message and have a concern about their child watching it as part of a future classroom activity, they are encouraged to send a written statement to their school principal."

•  NORTHWEST ISD will not air the speech to all students. "While students in some classrooms in Northwest ISD may view the address live, others may not. However, any student — or any family — can opt out of viewing, if that is their desire," the district said in a statement. "Campus personnel who deem the speech appropriate and relevant to their classroom curriculum will make the opportunity available for students to view President Obama's address."

• PLANO ISD says the presidential address "is not a component of the Plano ISD curriculum and is therefore not a mandatory activity. Viewing the broadcast is not a planned classroom activity for September 8." The district added that the speech will be recorded and available to students and teachers via a video library.

• RICHARDSON ISD said the address is not a part of the regular curriculum, "so viewing the broadcast is not a planned activity on September 8. RISD will make it available for optional student viewing on September 9." The speech will be replayed in the auditorium, library, or anothr central site in the school building. "As with any outside media event, the RISD respects the parent's right to choose and advise their child," the district's statement said.