Board Directive The Board is committed to the observance of federal and state copyright laws and publisher licensing agreements. The Board supports the legal, ethical, and appropriate use of copyrighted materials. The Board delegates responsibility to the District Administration for enforcing the policy according to established administrative policy provisions.
Administrative Policy To assure compliance with Jordan District’s copyright policy, the District Administration shall endeavor to keep abreast of the current status and changes in copyright legislation, annually provide in-service training for all employees in Jordan School District concerning copyright policy; provide reference information on copyright laws; and promote employee and student compliance with copyright policy, guidelines and law.
The Superintendent of Schools or the Superintendent’s designee shall be responsible for keeping District and school administration appraised of changes in copyright law and how these changes apply to new technologies.
Educators shall be responsible for educating students concerning the legal, ethical, and appropriate use of copyrighted materials as defined by law and Jordan School District Copyright Guidelines, as well as potential consequences of illegal and inappropriate use.
The principal and/or the principal’s designee(s) is/are responsible for providing guidance to staff members on copyright issues. A principal’s designee is a licensed educator who has demonstrated in-depth knowledge and understanding of current Utah State Code, the Copyright Law of the United States of American and Related Laws, and the Utah State Core Curriculum for the content area which the licensed educator has been identified as the principal’s designee. It is the responsibility of employees to obtain copyrighted information and guidance from these individuals.
The District Copyright Policy Review Committee will annually review the Jordan School District Copyright Guidelines, which are located on the Instructional Support Services Department website, and make recommendations for appropriate revisions. Committee membership shall be approved by District Administration and consist of the following:
The District Administration’s designee, who will chair the committee
The Administrator of Teaching and Learning or his/her designee
The Director of Information Systems or his/her designee
One principal from each school level and a principal-selected classroom teacher from his/her school
One library media specialist representing each school level
One District Literature Selection and Review Committee parent/guardian member from each of the three level committees
The Board recognizes that students and schools benefit from the services of school volunteers. Therefore, the Board authorizes the District Administration to provide opportunities for schools to receive volunteer services through the PTA, School Community Council, school/business partnerships, senior citizen organizations, and other groups and individuals with an interest in promoting quality education. Individuals who serve in authorized volunteer programs or who volunteer at the request of a school administrator, teacher, or other employee shall be considered "Volunteer Government Workers" as defined in Utah Code 67-20—Volunteer Government Workers Act.
Jordan District's volunteer program shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
The school principal shall be responsible for volunteer programs at the local school. The principal may use the services of a school volunteer coordinator as necessary. The principal and/or school volunteer coordinator shall:
Ensure that all volunteers complete a Volunteer Information Application each year prior to volunteering.
Use the volunteer resources available through parent organizations, school business partnerships, senior citizens, retired personnel, student volunteers, community volunteers, university students and staff members, and others as opportunity permits.
Assure that volunteer resources are directed toward goals that have been agreed upon by the faculty, School Community Council, PTA, etc.
Maintain appropriate records of volunteer services.
Prepare an annual report on volunteer services for the school / District to be shared with School Community Councils and other stakeholders.
A criminal background check shall be made prior to giving volunteers unsupervised access to students.
Upon receiving a request from the principal, the Human Resources Department shall initiate the background check.
The potential volunteer shall be fingerprinted and sign a waiver facilitating a search of the Utah Criminal History file.
No one whose record shows a felony or misdemeanor conviction in an area which causes concern for the safety and well-being of students shall be given unsupervised access to students.
Board Directive Students in the Jordan School District are entitled to a broad educational experience utilizing appropriate curriculum materials. To ensure that the quality of such materials meets the expectations of the community, the Board delegates to the District Administration the responsibility of organizing a Curriculum Adoption and Review Committee. The Committee will review curriculum materials as necessary.
Administrative Policy The Curriculum Adoption and Review Committee will function under the direction of the Administrator of Teaching and Learning.
The Committee will meet to:
Review and adopt materials for use in Jordan District Schools giving first priority to those materials that appear on the State Textbook Adoption List.
Review other items and information related to curriculum materials as appropriate and necessary.
The Committee may be called into special session as needed.
Decisions and recommendations by the Committee will be forwarded to the Administration and the Board of Education for their consideration and approval.
The Committee, with the approval of the Administrator of Teaching and Learning, will develop a set of guidelines and procedures to be used in conducting the business that is presented to the Committee for action and/or recommendations.
Members of the Committee will be appointed as follows:
The Board may recommend five members from the community representing each administrative area.
The chairperson of the appropriate principals' organization or his/her designees will serve as the Committee chairperson.
A total of five principals will serve on the committee with representation from each of the administrative areas.
A District Teaching and Learning consultant will serve as a Committee member and will function as secretary of the Committee.
Teacher representatives will be nominated by the school principals. Committee members will be selected from the lists of nominees and approved by the Administrative Cabinet. Teacher members will be those who have demonstrated competency in the curriculum area being studied.
Board Directive The Board values creativity, innovation and collaboration. This policy clarifies ownership and proper usage of intellectual property rights. Authority for establishing and enforcing policy is delegated to the Administration.
It is the policy of the Administration that all original materials created by District employees or any person receiving funding administered by the District, shall be solely owned by Jordan School District with the followings exceptions:
The District shall have no ownership rights of regular academic work products not assigned or specifically ordered by the District, which shall be owned by its creator.
For intellectual property created under a contractual agreement, ownership shall be determined in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
Individuals who create teaching materials to be used in jointly developed and taught District courses grant permission to the District to permit other contributors of the course to continue using those jointly produced teaching materials.
Board Directive Increasing student growth and achievement is one of the primary goals of the Board of Education. The Board recognizes that curriculum development and revision are an integral part of the educational process and are essential if the school system is to offer educational programs that will increase growth and achievement and accomplish the following to meet student and community needs:
Provide appropriate, effective professional development for teachers which will promote high-level student growth and achievement.
Support effective coordination and articulation of school learning experiences.
Provide instruction that is relevant and responsive to the ever-changing world.
Therefore, the Board commissions the Administration of the District to develop programs, procedures and goals to assist in the development and improvement of curriculum. These curriculum development procedures should involve teachers, administrators, the Board, students and citizens of the community, as the responsibility for success is one that is mutually shared. Curriculum, in this context, is used to refer to all planned learning experiences of students both in class and out of class which are conducted by the school.
Administrative Policy Instruction is the primary function of the District; therefore the Administration delegates the major responsibility for curriculum development to the Teaching and Learning Department under the direction of the Administrator of Teaching and Learning. The Administrator of Teaching and Learning will work cooperatively with the Administrators of Schools to direct and facilitate activities that will upgrade and keep current the curriculum policies, guidelines and programs in the District.
Master planning for the entire school system shall be developed and shall provide for evaluation, research and experimentation as well as systematic processes and orderly procedures and practices.
Curriculum development shall be implemented for specific purposes to meet needs identified by the District.
The principal is the educational/instructional leader of the school. Implementation of curriculum and instruction in the classroom and in the individual schools shall take place under the direction of the school principal and shall include staff development, planning, and supervision of professional personnel.
Curriculum decisions will be based upon careful study and consideration of four (4) major areas:
Improvement of instruction with accountability for student learning and student results;
The learner and the implementation of best practices associated with the learning process according to valid and reliable research and evidence;
New developments in subject, subject fields, and in specific subject competency; and
Formative and summative data.
Curriculum development shall include the following individuals and groups:
District administrators, consultants, and staff specialists shall provide leadership in master planning, coordination of programs and dissemination of information.
Principals and teachers shall engage in local school improvement activities that align curriculum with effective and appropriate instruction, and formative and summative assessments.
Students’ needs, abilities, interests and talents shall be included in the development of curriculum designs.
Parents/guardians and/or patrons may be consulted regarding major curriculum changes and shall be included on ad hoc study groups.
State specialists, university instructors and other experts may be used as resource persons when necessary.
To avoid unnecessary duplication of curriculum effort and to expedite the exchange of curriculum ideas, the Administrator of Teaching and Learning shall serve as the District curriculum clearinghouse and shall, with the assistance of Administrators of Schools, coordinate school-level curricular projects or activities.
The Administrator of Teaching and Learning with the assistance of the Administrators of Schools shall establish procedures and guidelines ensuring the orderly formation, coordination and communication of curriculum development activities to principals and teachers.