Student Publications - Procedures - 3221-P

Mukilteo School District
Students - Series 3000
Student Publications - Procedures - 3221-P

The student publications instructor or advisor will have the primary responsibility for supervising student publications and to see that provisions incorporated into the policy and procedures are met. The instructor or advisor will also have the primary responsibility for teaching professional standards of English and journalism to the student journalists. Publication activities should instill respect for the sensitivity of others and standards of civility as well as the elements of responsible journalism.

Student editors of school-sponsored media are responsible for determining the news, opinion, feature and advertising content of the media subject to the limitations of this policy and procedure as set forth above.

The District believes that students should exercise good judgment in the content of the student publication program, such expressive writing must be in keeping with the school's instructional mission and values, and uphold the provisions of RCW 28A.600.027. Material must be free of content that runs counter to the instructional program, invades the privacy of individuals, demeans or otherwise damages individuals or groups, supports the violation of school rules or, is inappropriate for the maturity level of the students.

The principal may request to review any copy prior to its publication. Such copy will be returned to the student editors within 24 hours after it has been submitted for review. 

Any dispute that cannot be resolved at the building level will be submitted to the Superintendent or designee for further consideration. When appropriate, the Superintendent or designee will seek legal counsel. 

If the complaint cannot be resolved at that level, the Board, upon request, will consider the complaint at its next regular meeting. In addition, any student, individually or through his or her parent or guardian, enrolled in a public high school may file an appeal of any alleged violation of RCW Chapter 28A.600 related to school-sponsored media pursuant to the provisions of RCW 28A.600.027.

Political expression by students in school-sponsored media will not be deemed the use of public funds for political purposes for purposes of the prohibitions of RCW 42.17A.550.

Expression made by a student in the school-sponsored media is not necessarily the expression of school policy. Pursuant to RCW 28A.600.027, neither a school official nor the governing Board of the School or School District may be held responsible in any civil or criminal action for any expression made or published by students in school-sponsored media.

(See Procedures 3220-P - Freedom of Expression.)

June 8, 1998
January 8, 2024