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  • Effective: 6/29/1999
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes the value of a competent, professionally classified staff and authorizes establishment of a Classified Professional Improvement Committee  (CPIC) to encourage, guide, and reward the professional development of classified staff members.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall administer this policy in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Membership
      The Jordan School District CPIC shall consist of the following members:

      1. The Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development or designee.
        1. The Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development or designee shall act as chairperson.
        2. The chairperson shall vote only in the case of a tie.
      2. Two principals (one elementary and one secondary)
        1. The two principals shall be nominated by the Administrators of Schools and will serve two-year terms.
        2. The elementary principal term expires on the odd year, and the secondary principal term expires on the even year.
      3. One representative from each of the following advisory committees: District Office Support Staff (DOSS), Custodial, Maintenance, Transportation, Central Warehouse, Secretaries, Nutrition Services, Instructional Assistants.
        1. Advisory committee representatives shall be nominated by the employee agent group and approved by the Superintendent.
        2. Representatives will serve two-year terms. Custodial, Maintenance, DOSS, and Nutrition Services terms expire on the odd years, and Central Warehouse, Transportation, Instructional Assistants, and Secretaries terms expire on the even years.
      4. One representative from the employee agent group presidency.
    1. Schedule of Meetings
      CPIC meetings shall be held on the first Thursday of the month.  Meetings will be scheduled as often as business requires.  Minutes shall be recorded and distributed to committee members.
    2. Functional Responsibilities
      1. The CPIC shall review all in-service requests for credit and make recommendations regarding approval.  Upon CPIC approval, the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development shall sign the in-service requests.
        1. Any District classified employee may submit to the CPIC a request for a specific in-service course.  The Staff Development Office will then arrange for the class according to District policy provisions.
        2. The in-service class must be approved by CPIC before the class begins.
        3. Only requests received by the 25th of the month will be assured consideration at the next CPIC meeting.
        4. The request must meet an established District need.
      2. The CPIC shall review course evaluations and make recommendations based upon the results.
      3. The school principal or his/her designee shall serve as the in-service information disseminator at each school.
      4. Upon completion of the in-service course, the participant will be given a certificate of completion that the participant may submit for inclusion in his/her personnel file.

  • 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: 1/14/1986
  • Revision: 8/28/2012
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board supports the concept that the students in the District are entitled to experience good dramatic productions.  The Board recognizes that class and school drama productions are an extension of the state core curriculum as well as national standards, and enhance students’ understanding and interpretation of the world around them.  To assure that age-appropriate material that reflects community standards is performed and/or produced in District schools, the Board authorizes the Administration to the establish a Drama Production Selection Committee for the District and for each local school.
  2. Administrative Policy
    Local school principals and the District Administration have the responsibility to ensure that the local and District Drama Production Selection Committees approve appropriate material to be produced by District schools.  Parents share responsibility in the approval process of dramatic material to be produced in the schools.  Parent and teacher recommendations and concerns are to be carefully considered by the appointed committee before approval is given.

    1. District Drama Production Selection Committee:  This committee will screen productions that will be presented within the school programs in Jordan District.
      1. Membership shall include the following:
        1. One parent from each high school feeder area.  Each Administrator of Schools shall have the responsibility of appointing a parent to the District committee.  Parent names will be selected from a pool provided by secondary principals per local School Community Council recommendations.  There should be one more parent than school employees on the committee.
        2. Administrator of Schools
        3. Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development
        4. Fine Arts Consultant (Chair)
        5.  Drama teacher
      2. Functions of the District Drama Production Selection Committee
        1. To review and approve recommendations and address concerns from the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee.  The principal and teacher will be invited by the committee to address local production concerns.
        2. To review and revise District drama approved production lists.
        3. To make parents, teacher, and students aware of the committee and its purpose (District website).
    2. Local Drama Production Selection Committee:  Established at the local school level, this committee will screen productions to be presented within the school program and recommend productions which are not on the District approved list to the District Drama Production Selection Committee.
      1. Membership on the Local Drama Production Selection Committee shall include the following:
        1. Local school drama teacher
        2. Principal or other administrator as assigned by the principal
        3. One additional teacher depending on presentation format (i.e., music teacher for musicals, English teacher for plays, etc.)
        4. Four (4) parent representatives, one to be selected by the School Community Council.  There should be one more parent than school employees on the committee.
      2. Functions of the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee
        1. Review and approve local recommended material for submission to District Drama Production Selection Committee for final approval.
        2. Complete a District Drama Production Recommendation Form and submit it to the District Drama Production Committee.
        3. Submit a copy of the script to the District Drama Production Selection Committee.
        4. Drama teacher submitting script may be asked to make a five-minute presentation to the District committee.
    3. General Procedures
      1. Materials used in class by students for individual assignments shall be approved by the classroom teacher and reviewed by the local school principal or administrator assigned by the principal.
      2. Materials involving school productions shall be approved by the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee for final approval.
      3. If a production already appears on the District Approved List of Drama Productions, it does not need to be resubmitted; however, it still must be approved by the Local School Drama Production Selection Committee.
      4. If a production appears on the District Approved List of Drama Productions, it is the responsibility of the local school to make certain the interpretation of the material is reasonable and within acceptable community standards.  In addition, any cuts or script modifications must be in compliance with federal copyright law.
      5. If a production does not appear on the District approved list of drama productions, it will need to be submitted to the District Drama Selection Committee for review and approved prior to production.
    4. School Responsibilities
      1. Complete the Drama Production form and send it to the Curriculum Department at the District office two (2) months prior to the production.
      2. If any simulated firearm is to be used in the play, the Simulated Firearm Form must be filled out and a copy submitted to the Curriculum Department at the District Office two (2) months prior to the production.
      3. Consent forms for students who wish to participate in drama productions should be signed by a parent prior to the production.  This consent form should include information about play content and time requirements for the students and should be retained at the school.
      4. It is the responsibility of the principal or designee to ensure that drama productions have both local and District committee approval prior to beginning rehearsals and performances.

  • Effective: 3/9/1982
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. 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.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Curriculum Adoption and Review Committee will function under the direction of the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development.

    1. The Committee will meet to:
      1. Review and adopt materials for use in Jordan District Schools giving first priority to those materials that appear on the State Textbook Adoption List.
      2. Review other items and information related to curriculum materials as appropriate and necessary.
    2. The Committee may be called into special session as needed.
    3. Decisions and recommendations by the Committee will be forwarded to the Administration and the Board of Education for their consideration and approval.
    4. The Committee, with the approval of the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, 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.
    5. Members of the Committee will be appointed as follows:
      1. The Board may recommend five members from the community representing each administrative area.
      2. The chairperson of the appropriate principals' organization or his/her designees will serve as the Committee chairperson.
      3. A total of five principals will serve on the committee with representation from each of the administrative areas.
      4. A District curriculum consultant will serve as a Committee member and will function as secretary of the Committee.
      5. 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.

  • Effective: 10/28/1975
  • Revision: 3/31/2015
  • Reviewed: 7/25/17

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes the value of a competent, professionally trained teaching staff and authorizes establishment of a Local Professional Improvement Committee (LPIC) to encourage, guide, and reward the professional development of licensed staff members.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall administer this policy in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Membership
      1. The Jordan School District LPIC shall consist of the following members:
        1. Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development
        2. Three principals (one elementary, one middle school, and one high school)
        3. Three teachers (one elementary, one middle school, and one high school)
      2. The Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development shall act as chairperson.  The chairperson shall vote only in the case of a tie.
      3. The three principals shall be nominated by the Administrators of Schools and will serve two-year terms.  The elementary and high school terms expire on the odd year, and middle school term expires on the even year.
      4. The three teachers shall be nominated by the licensed employee agent group and approved by the Superintendent.  Teachers will serve two-year terms.  The middle school term expires on the odd year, and the elementary and high school terms expire on the even year.
    2. Schedule of Meetings
      LPIC meetings shall be held as needed on the first Wednesday of the month.
    3. Functional Responsibilities
      1. The LPIC shall review all school and individual in-service requests for credit and make recommendations regarding approval.  Upon LPIC approval, the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development shall sign the in-service requests.  The Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development and Curriculum consultants will review and approve District in-service requests.
        1. Any District educator may submit to the Staff Development Office a request to teach a specific in-service course.  The Staff Development Office will then arrange for the class according to District policy.
        2. Any District educator or principal may submit to the Staff Development Office a request for in-service training.  The Staff Development Office will then arrange for the class according to District policy.
        3. Before a District, school or individual course is approved, the instructor(s) must have a resume on file with the Staff Development Office as well as a course syllabus, a student evaluation plan, and a statement of the desired academic outcome.  Any in-service class for salary change credit must be approved before the class begins.
        4. Any in-service for credit must carry an approval signature of a Curriculum administrator.
        5. Salary lane change credit for current employees will be granted from an accredited institution, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved credit on CACTUS, District approved credit and LPIC approved in-service credit.  Credit will be granted for courses taught by other agencies as long as the courses are submitted to and approved by the LPIC before the course begins and the course meets all other policy requirements.
        6. Only requests received by the 25th of each month will be assured consideration at the next LPIC meeting.
        7. The following criteria will be used for in-service evaluation:
          1. The request meets an established District need.
          2. Fourteen (14) clock hours (60-minute sessions) of classroom instruction are required for each one (1) semester hour of credit.  Clock hours are considered as direct instruction.  Lab activities, homework, or time for meals cannot be counted.
          3. With the exception of LPIC approved School and Individual Professional Development used to take approved classes, all in-service credit awarded must be earned after contract hours.
        8. Clarification of salary change credit:
          1. Credit for salary changes for current employees will be granted from an accredited institution, USBE approved credit on CACTUS, District approved credit, and LPIC approved in-service credit.
          2.  Credit for salary changes for teachers receiving licensure through an alternative pathway will be granted only following completion of their  ARL (Alternate Route to Licensure), ATP (Alternate Teaching Preparation), APT (Academic Pathway to Teaching), or LOA (Letter of Authorization) program.  Salary lane changes will be awarded as noted in h.i.
          3. In-service training where teachers receive payment may be counted for salary change and may count toward state recertification.  Payment will be considered as an hourly payment or honorarium for attendance.  Payment will be based on the current hourly in-service rate.  An honorarium will be considered a payment fee, not a reimbursement for expenses.
          4. Payments given to in-service instructors will be based on the current hourly in-service rate, plus the same rate for an agreed upon number of preparation hours not to exceed the total number of hours of instruction.
          5. In-service classes held on contract time may carry salary change credit.
          6. University credit will be accepted on a semester-hour basis.
          7. Jordan District contract employees must submit application forms and pay a registration fee based on the number of credit hours for which they register.
          8. Salary change credit will be processed in the Human Resources Department in accordance with policy DP309—Salary Guidelines, which details educator responsibilities.
      2. The LPIC shall screen all applications for sabbatical leave according to policy DP333 NEG—Sabbatical Leave, and make recommendations to the Superintendent for approval.
        1. The number of applicants approved for sabbatical leave is determined by the Board.  All applications must be approved by the Board before being granted.
        2. When a sabbatical leave is successfully completed, a copy of the educational program and a transcript of credit and a report will be submitted to the LPIC for review.  The LPIC will notify the Superintendent of successful completion or failure to comply.
        3. Personnel on sabbatical leave must submit a progress report to the LPIC by February 15 of the year the leave is granted.  The report is to include the date the employee intends to return to full-time status.  Following review by the LPIC, the report will be forwarded to Human Resources.
        4. An employee returning from a one (1) year sabbatical leave will be placed in the same school and position as was held at the time the leave was granted, unless he or she requests otherwise.  His/her replacement will be hired on a temporary basis and will be so advised upon hiring.
      1. The LPIC shall screen all applications for educational leave according to policy DP332 NEG—Educational Leave, and make recommendations to the Superintendent for approval.
        1. The number of applicants approved for educational leave is determined by the Board.
        2. Personnel on educational leave must submit a progress report to the LPIC by February 15 of the year the leave is granted.  The report is to include the date the employee intends to return to full-time status and/or a request for a one-year extension if needed.  Following review by the LPIC, the report will be forwarded to Human Resources.
        3. When an educational leave is successfully completed, a copy of the outline of studies and a transcript of credit and a report will be submitted to the LPIC and the Superintendent for review.
      2. The LPIC shall screen all applicants for short-term, less than four-week paid educational leaves associated with Fulbright scholarships and exchanges.
      3. The LPIC will function to assist District educators with certification and endorsement needs in accordance with the standards and guidelines of the Utah State Board of Education.