Senate Bill 656

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, Virginia Beach City Public Schools drafted Policy 6-11 which mirrors the model policy proposed by the VDOE.

The Department of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with classroom teachers and literacy coaches, 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. As teachers, specialists, and families discover additional titles that should be included, they may use the procedures in Regulation 6-61.2.

Parents and legal guardians may use the “Parent/Legal Guardian Prior Notification for Student Checkouts of Library Materials to be Used for Instructional Purposes” form to request prior notification when their children would like to check out a library item for instructional purposes.

VA Senate Bill 656 Instructional Materials

The following texts have been identified as having some element of sexually explicit content as defined by VA State Senate Bill 656. The following list is not perceived to be a comprehensive list and continues to be added to as additional texts are identified meeting the criteria of Bill 656.

Course Title   Title and Author
Grades K-5
All Subjects
 Not applicable.  
English 6 Honors/Core
 Oliver Twist, Dickens  
Grade 7
Honors/Core
 N/A  
English 8
Honors/Core
Z for Zachariah, O'Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee
The Diary of Anne Frank, Frank
 Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Frank (dramatic version for Core)
English 9 Honors/Core To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee
Cold Sassy Tree, Burns
Everything, Everything, Yoon
Romeo and Juliet (graphic novel), Shakespeare
House on Mango Street, Cisneros
English 10 Honors/Core Ready Player One, Cline Siddhartha, Hesse
English 11 Honors/Core Black Boy, Wright
The Color of Water, McBride
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines
The Things They Carried, O’Brien
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
Invisible Man, Ellison
English 11 Advanced Placement The Boys of Summer, Kahn
The Glass Castle, Walls
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot
Invisible Man, Ellison
Moveable Feast, Hemingway
On the Road, Kerouac
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurstonz
English 12 Honors/Core 1984, Orwell
Brave New World, Huxley
Felicia's Journey, Trevor
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Chevalier
The Razor's Edge, Maugham
Richard III, Shakespeare
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Hardy
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini
The Stranger, Camus
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, Chaucer
Advanced Placement Grade 12 The Americans, James
The Bluest Eye, Morrison
The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood
Invisible Man, Ellison
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey
Sons and Lovers, Lawrence
The Stranger, Camus
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys
Media Studies Grade 11 Media Studies & Culture, Campbell, Martin, Fabos  
Health Sciences Academy Hereditary Medicine Grades 11-12 Thompson & Thompson Genetics in Medicine, Nussbaum, McInnes, Willard  
Art I: Foundations Grades 9-12 The Visual Experience, Jack Hobbs, Richard Salome, and Ken Vieth  
Art II: 2D Approaches Grades 9-12 Basic Printmaking Techniques, Bernard Toale Discovering Drawing, Ted Rose and Sallye Mahan-Cox  
Art II: 3D Approaches Grades 9-12 Beginning Sculpture, Arthur Williams Crafts Contemporary Design and Techniques Experience Clay, Maureen Mackey  
AP Art History Grades 10-12 Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Fred Kleiner  
HSA Physiology and Pathophysiology II Grade 12 Understanding Pathophysiology 4th edition
HSA Forensic Medicine I & II Grades 10-12 Our textbook for HSA Forensic Medicine does not contain anything that contains that criteria.    
HSA Medical Microbiology Grades 11-12 Microbiology: An introduction 8th edition  
HSA Physiology & Pathophysiology I Grade 11 Understanding Pathophysiology 4th edition  
HSA Introduction to Health Occupations Grade 9 Health Science Fundamentals
HSA Human Anatomy Grade 10 Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology  
Anatomy and Sports Injury Grades 11-12 Principles of Athletic Training and Trail Guide of the Human Body  
Psychology Grades 9-12 https://openstax.org/books/psychology-2e, Speilman, et al. Psychology: Principles in Practice, Rathus & Spencer Flowers for Algernon; Daniel Keyes
AP Psychology Grades 10-12 Psychology -- 1th Edition, Myers & Dewall  
Parenting & Early Learning Careers Grades 11-12 Child Development: Early Stages through Age 12, Goodheart-Wilcox  
Other Instructional Materials

As stated in Senate Bill 656, when library materials are intended to be used for instructional purposes and may include sexually explicit content, parents/legal guardians may determine whether they are appropriate for their children. Library materials are considered instructional materials when used (i) for completion of an assignment, or (ii) as part of an academic or extracurricular educational program.

Parents and legal guardians may use the “Parent/Legal Guardian Prior Notification for Student Checkouts of Library Materials to be Used for Instructional Purposes” form to request prior notification when their children would like to check out a library item for instructional purposes.