Filming Scenes With Vaping, Drug Use, Illegal Activity Also Banned.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — It’s unclear how often this has actually been a problem, but the Palm Beach County School Board is preparing to approve new rules for commercial filming on school district property.
Under a new policy in final stages of adoption, production companies using Palm Beach County School District schools will not be permitted to shoot scenes that “contain scenes depicting alcohol, drug, tobacco, or vape usage; contain violence; contain nudity; or contain any content that violates any federal, state, county or local laws, regulations or ordinances, or School Board Policies.”
The ban does not apply to news media, so if any of these activities are actually occurring in “real life,” it’s still okay for these activities to be documented.
While not a daily issue in the Palm Beach County School District, schools are often used for professional productions. Disney’s hit “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” which is hugely popular on “Disney+,” actually films partially in the same Salt Lake City-area school where the “High School Musical” movies were shot. It’s unlikely that a Disney production would run afoul of the updated rules.
But other popular shows, including “The Teacher” on Hulu — which depicts an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student — also use schools as real sets. Under the new rule, Palm Beach County Schools would likely be excluded from use in such a production.
School Districts can benefit from productions using their buildings. Production companies often provide funds that can lead to enhancements and renovations, while students may be able to watch a true Hollywood production up close.
The consent item for policy 2.54 is expected to be discussed at the June 23rd Palm Beach County School Board meeting.
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