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  • Effective: 8/23/2011
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The philosophy of the Board of Education is to establish and maintain elementary schools which are structured to meet the unique needs of students at the elementary level.  The elementary school program shall emphasize academics and provide opportunities for a wide variety of learning experiences.  Programs shall be structured to enable students to develop social skills and learn to interact in a cooperative, supportive environment.  Elementary school extracurricular activities shall be designed solely with the needs of elementary school-age students in mind and shall not mirror middle school activities or events.  Activities which give all students opportunities to participate shall be encouraged with little or no emphasis given to competition.  The Board, therefore, delegates to the District Administration responsibility for establishing policy regarding elementary school philosophy.
  2. Administrative Policy
    This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
    Memory Books

    1. Yearbooks, such as those published in high schools, shall not be part of the elementary school program.
    2. PTA organizations have the option of publishing a memory book on behalf of the school provided neither the school nor the staff assumes any responsibility for the publication, including liability for content, cost, and/or professional time.
    3. PTA organizations who choose to publish a memory book on behalf of the school shall comply with the Administrative Guidelines for Elementary School Memory Books.

  • Effective: 9/14/1993
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    It is the belief of the Board of Education that every student should have access to a library media center that offers a variety of materials to support classroom instruction, provides opportunities for research, and meets differing educational and recreational needs and interests.  Students shall be encouraged to use library media materials to expand their knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the world in which they live.The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guides the Jordan School District library media centers in both selection of materials and review of challenged materials.  The First Amendment states:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press...”The Board delegates responsibility for developing and administering this policy to the District Administration.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Library Media Selection and Review policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Selection of library media materials shall be based on a combination of five or more of the following criteria:
      1.     Educational significance
      2.     Contribution to the curriculum
      3.     Validity, currency and appropriateness
      4.     Accuracy, timeliness and permanence
      5.     Favorable reviews found in standard selection sources
      6.     Potential appeal and interest
      7.     Artistic quality and literary style
      8.     Reputation and significance of author, producer, publisher
      9.     Value commensurate with cost and/or need
      10.  Uniqueness, diversity and /or heritage of the state, region or group
      11.  Support of second language learners
      12.  Support of special needs students
      13.  Favorable recommendations from professional personnel
    2. The professional library media specialist assigned to the school and the school principal, working in cooperation with staff members, shall be responsible for the selection of materials for school library media centers.  This includes material acquired through grants, book fairs, and other donations.
      Note:  A library media specialist holds either a master’s degree or an endorsement in library media science and is qualified to make selections in a responsible and professional manner.
    3. The Instructional Support Services administrator, working in cooperation with library media specialists, teachers and staff, shall be responsible for the selection of materials for the District Instructional Media Center.
    4. It is not possible for a library media specialist to read all library media center collection items, including but not limited to books, reference sources, magazines and other media materials. Books and other media are evaluated based on credible reviews from professional publications, professional recommendations, aware recipients and other professional sources. When books are received, additional evaluation may be appropriate.
    5. Library materials are available on a self-selection basis.  The library media specialist, library media assistants, teachers or staff members may assist in locating needed library media materials.
      1. Reading lists are available from many sources, including, but not limited to, professional journals, student book clubs, reading associations, teachers, library media specialists, commercial companies and other sources.  These lists are not approved by the library media specialist, school administration or District personnel.
      2. Approval of selection lists used as part of a curriculum activity/assignment is addressed in policy AA424  Literature Selection and Review.
      3. Shared responsibility for the reading, listening and viewing of library media materials and accessing internet resources by children rests with their parents/guardians, the library media specialist and school staff members.  The parents/guardians are invited to consult with the library media specialist to find materials they feel are appropriate for their children.
    6. School Level – Reconsideration of Challenged Library Media Materials
      1. Each school shall organize a Library Media Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing library media materials when appropriateness is challenged. Membership shall include:
        1. On a secondary level, the school principal, who will chair the committee, the school library media specialist, the teacher and parent serving on the corresponding District Literature Selection and Review Committee (See Policy AA424  Literature Selection and Review) and a parent selected by the School Community Council.
        2. On an elementary level, the school principal, who will chair the committee, the District media specialist who supervises the media assistants in the school library, and teachers and parents as determined by the school principal.
      2. Challenges to local school library media materials shall be submitted in writing to the local school principal on a Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Materials form.  Forms are available at the District Office and the Jordan School District website at http://instructionalsupport.jordandistrict.org/files/book_challange.pdf.
      3. The principal/school administrator, as chair of the local school committee, shall call a committee meeting to review a submitted Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials.  Each committee member shall receive a copy of the challenge and the challenged material prior to the meeting.  Committee members shall read the challenged material prior to the committee meeting.
      4. The local school committee as a whole shall discuss the challenged material based on the selection administrative policy provisions listed in item II.A. of this policy and the written challenge.  The local school committee shall determine by majority vote the disposition of the challenged material.  Options shall include:
        1. If the challenged material meets appropriate selection criteria, it shall remain in the collection for full circulation.
        2. If the challenged material does not meet appropriate selection criteria, the committee shall submit to the District Library Media Review Committee a recommendation to restrict access to the challenged material in the school media center.  This recommendation shall include the specific restriction requested and supporting reasons for the restriction.
      5. The local school principal shall send a letter to the challenger explaining the decision of the committee and the challenger’s option to appeal to the District Library Review Committee.  A copy of the letter and all supporting documents and information shall be sent to the Instructional Support Services administrator and the school’s Administrator of Schools.
    7. District Level – Reconsideration of Challenged Library Media Materials
      1. The District Library Media Review Committee shall serve as the appeals board on issues related to library media materials not satisfactorily resolved at the local school.  A District Library Media Review Committee shall be organized and shall include the Instructional Support Services administrator, who will chair the committee, and the following individuals from the level corresponding with the challenge but not from the school submitting the challenge:  a school administrator, a library media specialist, two teachers and three parents/guardians serving on the District Literature Selection and Review Committee (see Policy AA424 Literature Selection and Review).
      2. Material may be referred to the District Library Media Review Committee in writing through the Instructional Support Services administrator as follows:
        1. The local school Library Media Review Committee shall submit challenged material with a recommendation to restrict access to the material in the school media center, including the specific restriction requested and supporting reasons for the restriction.  The school must submit a copy of the original Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Materials form, a copy of the  principal’s letter to the challenger, any additional information used in the school committee’s decision and the challenged material to be reviewed.
        2. If a challenger is not satisfied with a Local Library Media Review Committee decision, the challenger may appeal the decision to the District Library Media Review Committee.  The challenger must submit a written request for review, a copy of the original Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Materials form and a copy of the principal’s letter to the challenger.  The school must submit the challenged material to be reviewed.
      3. The Instructional Support Services administrator, as chair of the District committee, shall call a committee meeting to review the appeal from the local school level.  Each committee member shall receive a copy of the challenge and the challenged material prior to the meeting.  Committee members shall read the challenged material prior to the committee meeting.
      4. The District committee as a whole shall discuss the challenged material based on the selection administrative policy provisions listed in item II.A. of this policy and the written challenge and determine by majority vote the disposition of the challenged material.  Options shall include:
        1. If the challenged material meets appropriate selection criteria, it shall remain in the collection for full circulation.
        2. If the challenged material does not meet appropriate selection criteria, the committee shall restrict access to the challenged material in the local school media center.  Restrictions may include restricting access to students whose parents/guardians grant written permission; restricting access to specified grade levels; restricting access to adults and/or restricting access in a manner deemed appropriate by the District Library Media Review Committee.
      5. The Instructional Support Services administrator shall send a letter to the challenger and the local school principal explaining the decision of the committee and the challenger’s option to appeal to the Board of Education.  A copy of the letter and all supporting documents and information shall be sent to the school’s Administrator of Schools.
      6. If a challenger is not satisfied with the District Library Media Review Committee decision, the challenger may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.  The Board, at its discretion, may review the challenged material and either affirm or change the decision of the District Library Media Review Committee.
    8. District Instructional Media Center – Reconsideration of Challenged Library Media Materials
      1. A District Instructional Media Review Committee shall be organized and shall include the Instructional Support Services administrator, who will chair the committee, an appropriate curriculum area consultant and the following individuals from the level corresponding with the level of the challenged material but not from the school area of the individual submitting the challenge:  a school administrator, a library media specialist and two teachers and three parents/guardians serving on the District Literature Selection and Review Committee (see Policy AA424  Literature Selection and Review).
      2. Challenges to District Instructional Media Center materials shall be submitted in writing to the Instructional Support Services administrator on a Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Materials form.  Forms are available at the District Office and the Jordan School District website at www.jordandistrict.org.
      3. The Instructional Support Services administrator, as chair of the committee, shall call a committee meeting to review the appeal.  Each committee member shall view the challenged material prior to or during the committee meeting.
      4. The District committee as a whole shall discuss the challenged material based on the selection administrative policy provisions listed in item II-A of this policy and the written challenge and determine by majority vote its disposition.  Options shall include:
        1. If the challenged material meets appropriate selection criteria, it shall remain in the collection for full circulation.
        2. If the challenged material does not meet appropriate selection criteria, the committee shall restrict access to the material in the District Instructional Media Center in a manner deemed appropriate by the District Instructional Media Review Committee.
      5. The Instructional Support Services administrator shall send a letter to the challenger explaining the decision of the committee and the challenger’s option to appeal to the Board of Education.
      6. If a challenger is not satisfied with the District Instructional Media Review Committee’s decision, the challenger may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.  The Board, at its discretion, may review the challenged materials and either affirm or reverse the decision of the District Instructional Media Review Committee.

  • Effective: 6/28/1977
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The policy of the Jordan School District Board of Education is to see that all students have extensive experience with quality literature.  The Board is committed to involving parents in the process of selecting appropriate literature for school use, and respects the right of parents to protect their children from literature which they personally consider damaging.  Therefore, the Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for developing and administering this policy.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Literature Selection and Review policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Standards for Required Reading
      1. Literature selections which are assigned as required reading or read aloud to students in the classroom shall meet the following criteria:
        1. The subject matter, interest and reading level, and maturity level of the selection are appropriate for the students being taught.
        2. The selection is appropriate for the age, emotional development, ability level, and social development of the students being taught.
        3. The selection meets an appropriate instructional purpose.
        4. The selection will help students better understand themselves and others.
        5. The selection has identifiable literary or curricular merit.
        6. The literary selection appropriately models element (character, setting, plot, conflict, etc.), style, or genre that the student is expected to learn.
        7. The informational selection has identifiable curricular merit, text structures, and text features that support main idea, argument, or author’s point of view.
      2. Literature that students select themselves from school library media centers, public libraries, home libraries, or other sources shall not come under the provisions of this policy.
    2. Standards for Independent Reading
      It is the responsibility of classroom teachers and their administrators to assure that reading materials available in classrooms are appropriate.  Reading materials, which are stored in classrooms and available for self-selection by students and shall meet the following criteria:

      1. The materials shall be appropriate regarding subject matter, reading level, and maturity level as well as appropriate for the ages and interests of the students.
      2. The literary materials appropriately model a literary element (character, setting, plot, conflict, etc.), style, or genre.
      3. The informational materials appropriately model text structures and text features.
    3. Organization of Literature Selection and Review Committees
      1. Elementary Literature Selection and Review Committees
        1. District Elementary Literature Selection and Review Committee
          1. The District shall organize an Elementary Literature Selection and Review Committee.  Membership shall include five teachers (one from each area) from grades 4, 5 and 6, a District elementary library media specialist, and five parents (one from each area) who are selected by the corresponding Administrator of Schools.  This committee shall be chaired by the District language arts consultant.
          2. The committee shall meet at least four times each year for the purpose of evaluating new literature selections which are being considered as suggested reading.  The committee shall periodically compile recommended reading lists for grades 4, 5, and 6.
        2. Each elementary school may organize a Literature Selection and Review Committee, if needed, for the purpose of selecting and reviewing literature for the classroom as requested by the principal, teachers, or parents within the school.   When created, this committee membership shall include the principal, who will chair the committee, two teachers appointed by the principal, the library media specialist, and three parents appointed by the School Community Council.
      2. Secondary Literature Selection and Review Committees
        1. District Middle School and High School Literature Selection and Review Committees
          1. These committees shall be organized for the purpose of screening and approving the literature that is assigned as required reading in the District's secondary schools.
          2. The Middle School Committee membership shall include one teacher and one parent from each middle school, and one secondary library media specialist.  The committees shall be chaired by the District language arts consultant and meet at least twice each year to review and approve new selections.
          3. The High School Committee membership shall include one teacher and one parent from each high school, and one secondary media specialist.  The committee shall be chaired by the District language arts consultant and shall meet at least twice during each year to review and approve new selections.
          4. Teachers shall not assign any literature selection that has not had prior approval for use in the classroom.   Secondary teachers who wish to teach a selection that does not appear on the current District-approved list should complete a Recommendation Form and submit it and three copies of the book, to the appropriate middle or high school District committee for review and approval.  Recommendation forms are available from the District Curriculum and Staff Development Department and on the District website at http://secondarylanguagearts.jordandistrict.org/.
        2. Each secondary school may organize a Literature Selection and Review Committee for the purpose of recommending literature selections to the corresponding District committee.  The school committee may also review and approve lists from which students may self-select literature to be read outside of the classroom as part of a class assignment. Parents/guardians should assist their students in selecting literature from lists. At the request of the principal, teachers, or parents within the school, the committee shall also review literature selections whose appropriateness is challenged and/or ask for assistance from the District Literature Selection and Review Committee.  When created committee membership shall include the principal, who will chair the committee, one teacher appointed by the principal, the library media specialist, and two parents appointed by the School Community Council.
      3. Working in concert, the District Elementary, Middle School, and High School Committees shall articulate required literature assignments to assure that selections are offered at the appropriate age/maturity level and to see that required reading assignments are not duplicated as students move forward through the grades. The process for requesting use of a text that appears on a higher grade level list will be as follows:
        1. Teacher shall complete the request form that can be found on the elementary and middle school level websites.
        2. Teacher shall provide the book title, author and text level (guided reading level, lexile level, grade-level equivalent), reason/purpose for the request, and an explanation of how and with whom the book will be used.
        3. Requests will be reviewed and determinations made by the District language arts consultant, Administrators of Schools, and the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, with input from the literature selection committees.
    4. Literature Selection and Review Process
      1. Elementary Committees
        Literature selection for classroom material shall be conducted at the local level.  The District Recommended Book List may be used to assist schools when making text selections.
      2. Middle School and High School Committees
        1. Middle School and High School Committees shall recommend literature to the corresponding District committees for approval at least six weeks prior to a scheduled meeting.
        2. Members of the District committees shall read selections under consideration.
        3. The District committees shall determine by majority vote, using the criteria established under II. A. of this policy as a guide, whether or not a given selection shall be approved.
    5. Challenges to Approved Literature
      1. Challenges to approved literature used in the classroom shall be submitted in writing to the local school committee.  Forms are available at the District Office and on the District website.
      2. The District language arts consultant and/or principal, as chair of the committee, shall call a committee meeting to review the challenge.  At least three committee members shall receive a copy of the challenge and read the selection prior to the meeting.
      3. The committee as a whole shall discuss the challenged selection, based on the administrative policy provisions outlined under Item II. A. of this policy and the written challenge.
      4. The committee shall determine by majority vote whether or not the challenged material selection shall be retained for classroom instruction.
      5. Decisions of the local school committees may be appealed to the corresponding District committee.
    6. Parents/Guardians Rights
      1. Parents/guardians may exempt their students from a required reading assignment if they personally find the literature objectionable.
      2. The student shall be provided with an alternate literature selection without penalty.