New Policy on Sexually Explicit Material In PWC Schools

The Prince William County School Board adopted a new sexually explicit materials policy Wednesday night, fulfilling a mandate from the state government put in place last year.

Starting with the 2023-24 school year, the system will parse through all potential instructional material to be used by teachers and determine whether any meets the new division standard for being “sexually explicit.” Then, at least 30 days before any of that material is used by a teacher, principals will have to send a notice to parents or guardians about it, giving them the opportunity to opt their child into alternative instructional material “in a non-punitive manner.

All the material deemed sexually explicit will be made available for online viewing by parents or guardians. In cases where copyright claims or something else prohibits the digital sharing of the material, the school will need to make it available in person for parents to come and review.