It has been a past practice in the Vineland Public Schools for some teachers at the high school level to show ‘R’ rated films to students whose parent(s) or guardian indicated their acceptance. According to the Motion Picture Association of America,
“An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.”
It is the stance of the Vineland Board of Education that some films with ‘R’ ratings can be valuable sources of information for students. Alternate lessons and/or assessments will be made available for those students who do not participate in the viewing of any ‘R’ rated films shown.
The following is a list of ‘R’ rated films that will be shown during this school year.
Please indicate with your signature if your child is NOT ALLOWED TO VIEW THESE FILMS, AND RETURN THE FORM TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER. If you have any questions or concerns about any specific titles, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ross Stanger, Supervisor of Social Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 794-6700 ext. 2016.
Supervisor of Instruction, Vineland Public Schools