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Hayward USD |  BP  6142.6  Instruction

Visual And Performing Arts Education   

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The Governing Board believes that visual and performing arts are essential to a well-rounded educational program and should be an integral part of the course of study offered to students at all grade levels. The district's arts education program shall provide opportunities for appreciation, creation, and performance of the arts.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Board shall adopt academic standards for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts that describe the skills, knowledge, and abilities that students shall be expected to possess at each grade level. The district's standards shall meet or exceed state content standards for each of these disciplines.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The Board shall adopt standards-based instructional materials for visual and performing arts in accordance with applicable law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. In addition, the Board encourages teachers to incorporate a variety of media and technologies into lessons, presentations, and explorations in each of the arts disciplines.

(cf. 0400 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.3 - Toxic Art Materials)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide a standards-based professional development program designed to increase teachers' knowledge of and ability to teach the arts and to implement adopted instructional materials.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage, as a supplement to teacher instruction, the integration of community arts resources into the educational program. Such resources may include opportunities for students to attend musical and theatrical performances, observe the works of accomplished artists, and work directly with artists-in-residence and volunteers. In addition, the Superintendent or designee may collaborate with community organizations to share resources and seek grant opportunities.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly evaluate and report to the Board regarding the implementation of arts education at each grade level and program effectiveness in enabling students to meet academic standards.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Arts and Music Block Grants

Any state funding received through arts and music block grants shall be used only for hiring additional staff, purchasing new materials, books, supplies, and equipment, and/or implementing or increasing staff development opportunities as needed to support standards-aligned arts and music instruction. (SB 77, Item 6110-265-0001, Statutes of 2007)

The Board shall distribute block grant funds to all district schools on the basis of an equal amount per student or the minimum school site allocation specified in the state budget, whichever is greatest. (SB 77, Item 6110-265-0001, Statutes of 2007)

However, the Board may allocate block grant funds for districtwide expenditures that support program purposes on behalf of all district schools. If the Board elects to do so, it shall adopt a resolution at a public meeting which specifies how the funds will be allocated among schools and for districtwide purposes and the reasons for those allocations. Prior to the public meeting, the Board shall inform school site councils, schoolwide advisory groups, or school support groups, as applicable, of the content of the proposed resolution and of the time and location where the resolution is proposed to be adopted. (SB 77, Item 6110-265-0001, Statutes of 2007)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

Legal Reference:


8950-8957 California summer school of the arts

32060-32066 Toxic art supplies

35330-35332 Field trips

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51225.3 Graduation requirements

58800-58805 Specialized secondary programs

60200-60210 Instructional materials, elementary schools

60400-60411 Instructional materials, high schools

99200-99206 Subject matter projects

Management Resources:


Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2004

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards, January 2001

Arts Education Program Toolkit: A Visual and Performing Arts Program Assessment Process, 2001



Arts Education Partnership:

California Alliance for Arts Education:

California Arts Council:

California Art Education Association:

California Dance Education Association:

California Department of Education, Visual and Performing Arts:

California Educational Theatre Association:

California Music Educators Association:

The California Arts Project:


adopted: April 10, 1996 Hayward, California

revised: October 9, 2013