• In April of 2022 Virginia Legislation passed Senate Bill 656. This bill states:

    The Department (Virginia Department of Education) shall develop and make available to each school board model policies for ensuring parental notification of any instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to:

    1. Ensuring parental notification;
    2. Directly identifying the specific instructional material and sexually explicit subjects; and
    3. Permitting the parent of any student to review instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and provide, as an alternative, nonexplicit instructional material and related academic activities to any student whose parent so requests.

    In response, Winchester Public Schools drafted a policy that mirrors the model policy proposed by the VDOE.

    The Department of Curriculum & Instruction, in collaboration with classroom teachers, have identified material available as either a textbook resource or a supplemental resource as potentially containing sexually explicit content as identified by Senate Bill 656. This is not to be interpreted as a complete or final list and the school division is working to complete this list as teachers plan their lessons and units. 

    The current list of novels can be found here