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.
Administrative Policy This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions: Memory Books
Yearbooks, such as those published in high schools, shall not be part of the elementary school program.
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.
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.
TheFirst 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.
The Library Media Selection and Review policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Selection of Materials The responsibility for selection rests with trained library personnel under the direction of the Jordan School District Board of Education, using the following criteria:
Overall purpose and education significance
Age and developmental appropriateness
Timeliness and/or permanence
Readability and accessibility for intended audience
Artistic quality and literary style
Reputation and significance of author, producer, and/or publisher
Variety of format with efforts to incorporate emerging technologies
Quality and value commensurate with cost and/or need
Responsibility for Selection
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. Each 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.
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.
Evaluating Materials, Self-selection and Internet Access
The library media specialist strives to review all incoming collection items. Because of the volume of materials that are purchased each year, they are also evaluated based on credible reviews from professional publications, professional recommendations, award recipients and other professional sources. When books that have been purchased are received, additional evaluation may be appropriate.
Library materials are available to students on a self-selection basis. The library media specialist, library media assistants, teachers or staff members may assist students in locating needed library media materials.
Student self-selection of materials is often guided by reading lists provided by sources such as professional journals, student book clubs, public libraries and commercial companies. These lists are not formally approved by library media specialists, school administration or District personnel. Approval of selection lists used as part of a curriculum activity/assignment is addressed in Policy AA424 Literature Selection and Review.
Responsibility for the reading, listening and viewing of library media materials and accessing internet resources by children rests with 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. Parents may request a record of their student’s checkout history from library personnel.
Electronic databases and other web-based searches and content will be filtered through Jordan District’s state-required internet filter.
Library Materials Review Process
A library materials review request may only be made by:
A parent of a student that attends the school;
A student who attends the school: or
An employee of the school.
No more than two books per year may be submitted by the same individual for a school-level review at any school the student attends during the school year.
A library materials review may be based upon the concern that the material is a sensitive material as defined in Utah Code Section 53G-10-103, or upon concerns with age-appropriateness of content.
The identity of the requester will be protected and kept confidential from all individuals outside of the review process outlined in this policy, to the extent possible.
The requester must provide all information requested on the form including the requestor’s complaint or objection to the library material.
Parents may request a list of materials currently under review from library personnel.
Upon receipt of a request for review, the school administrator or designee will acknowledge the receipt of the request, create a case number for the review, and convene a Review Committee within a reasonable time according to the procedure outlined below.
The material will remain in the library system while the review process is being completed.
Members of the Committee will include:
A facilitator chosen by the school’s administration;
At least one administrator or designee;
A licensed teacher at the school who is currently teaching English language arts or a subject relevant to the challenged material; and
Parents of current students at the school, that number at least one more than the LEA employees on the Committee including parents reflective of the school community as required in Utah Code Subsection 53G-10-103(3).
The Review Committee will determine the amount of time needed for an adequate review of a material to make a thorough and thoughtful decision and inform the requester of the determined timeline with a preference for 30 school days where possible and no longer than 60 school days.
Members of the Review Committee will receive materials to complete the review process, including the following:
Access to the complete work that includes the material being challenged;
A copy of the Materials Review Request form;
A copy of this policy;
Relevant information about the title compiled and shared by the library staff, including the reason for initial approval of the material.
The Review Committee will determine dates and times for meetings, and maintain minutes of each meeting.
The notes from each meeting will be retained by the school conducting the review along with all relevant documentation and the final determination.
whether the material is age appropriate due to vulgarity or violence.
In deciding whether the material is age appropriate due to vulgarity, violence, or content, the Committee must consider the material taken as a whole and consider whether it has serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors, which may include the following objective criteria:
reliable, expert reviews of the material or other objective sources;
Committee members’ experience and background; and
In deciding whether the material taken as a whole has serious literary, artistic political, or scientific value as described in Subsection b., the Committee should consider that:
serious value does not mean any value; and
greater protections should exist concerning content for a library in an elementary or middle school setting.
The Review Committee will make a final determination of a reviewed material as follows:
Retained: The determination to maintain access in a school setting to the challenged material for all students.
Removed: The determination to prohibit access in a school setting to the challenged material for all students.
The decision of the Review Committee will be determined by majority vote.
A material may not be reviewed again for three school years following the Review Committee's determination.
The final determination of the Review Committee will be communicated to the requester and appropriate employees within five school days of the decision being made.
The original requester or another individual who was not on the Review Committee may appeal the determination of the Review Committee in writing to the school principal within 15 business days of receipt of the Review Committee's final determination using an Appeal Request Form. The form may be found at Appeal Request Form.
If an appeal is filed with the school principal, the principal will inform the Instructional Support Services Administrator, who will alert the Appeals Committee.
Members of the Appeals Committee will include:
A facilitator chosen by the Instructional Support Services Administrator;
At least one administrator or designee;
A licensed teacher who is currently teaching English language arts or a subject relevant to the challenged material; and
Parents with students in the District who number at least one more than the LEA employees on the Committee. The parents should be reflective of the school community as required in Utah Code Subsection 53G-10-103(3).
The Committee may add a parent or school administrator who did not participate in the initial Review Committee, only as necessary to have an odd number of members.
If there is not an appeal of the Appeals Committee’s recommendation, the Appeals Committee’s recommendation is the final determination for the challenged material.
The Appeals Committee will determine the amount of time needed for an adequate review, not longer than 60 school days and a preference for 30 school days, of a material required to make a thorough and thoughtful decision and inform the requester of the determined timeline.
Members of the Appeals Committee will receive materials to complete the review process, including the following:
A copy of the material;
A copy of the Materials Review Request Form;
All meeting minutes;
The Review Committee’s final recommendation and rationale for the decision;
Any other documents considered part of the administrative record related to the Review Committee's proceedings.
The Appeals Committee will schedule meetings as needed, and maintain minutes of each meeting.
The notes from each meeting will be retained by the Appeals Committee, along with all relevant documentation and the final determination by the Appeals Committee.
The Appeals Committee will review the criteria listed in Section D.15. that was used by the Review Committee and will apply it again to the challenged material.
The Appeals Committee will make a final determination of a reviewed material as follows:
Retained: The determination to maintain access in the original school setting to the challenged material for all students.
Removed: The determination to prohibit access in the original school setting to the challenged material for all students.
The decision of the Appeals Committee will be determined by majority vote.
A material may not be reviewed again for three school years if the Appeals Committee votes to uphold a Review Committee's determination.
The final determination of the Appeals Committee will be communicated to the requester and appropriate employees within 10 days of the determination.
The District will maintain a list of the determinations by the Appeals Committee.
Final Procedure Review The original requester may petition the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) for a procedural review of the Appeals Committee’s decision.
The USBE will review the petition and determine if a procedural review is warranted, to determine whether the LEA correctly followed its library materials review policy referred to in USBE Rule R277-123.
That determination may include the USBE’s decision to have the appeal considered initially by a USBE committee or a panel of USBE members.
If the USBE determines in their procedural review that the LEA did not correctly follow its materials review policy, it will return the appeal to the LEA with direction to repeat its review process in compliance with its library materials review policy referred to in Rule R277-628.
The USBE will make a final written appeal decision no more than 60 school days after their determination that the appeal satisfies the criteria for USBE review.
This USBE review decision is final.
Jordan School District will maintain an easily accessible public website where the following information can be located:
If made aware of material that may be considered sensitive material as defined in Section 53G-10-103, the District will inform relevant parties regarding appropriate actions to take pursuant to this policy.
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.
The Literature Selection and Review policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Standards for Required Reading
Literature selections which are assigned as required reading, read aloud to students in the classroom, or appear on a list from which students choose shall meet the requirements of Utah Code 53G-10-103 Sensitive Materials in Schools as well as the following criteria:
The subject matter, interest and reading level, and maturity level of the selection are appropriate for the students being taught.
The selection is appropriate for the age, emotional development, ability level, and social development of the students being taught.
The selection meets an appropriate instructional purpose.
The selection will help students better understand themselves and others.
The selection has identifiable literary or curricular merit.
The literary selection appropriately models element (character, setting, plot, conflict, etc.), style, or genre that the student is expected to learn.
The informational selection has identifiable curricular merit, text structures, and text features that support main idea, argument, or author’s point of view.
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.
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:
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.
The literary materials appropriately model a literary element (character, setting, plot, conflict, etc.), style, or genre.
The informational materials appropriately model text structures and text features.
Organization of Literature Selection and Review Committees
Elementary Literature Selection and Review Committees
District Elementary Literature Selection and Review Committee
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.
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.
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.
Secondary Literature Selection and Review Committees
District Middle School and High School Literature Selection and Review Committees
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.
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.
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.
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 Teaching and Learning Department and on the District website at http://secondarylanguagearts.jordandistrict.org/.
Each secondary school may organize a Literature Selection and Review Committee for the purpose of recommending literature selections to the corresponding District committee. 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.
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:
Teacher shall complete the request form that can be found on the elementary and middle school level websites.
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.
Requests will be reviewed and determinations made by the District language arts consultant, Administrators of Schools, and the Administrator of Teaching and Learning, with input from the literature selection committees.
Literature Selection and Review Process
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.
Middle School and High School Committees
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.
Members of the District committees shall read the selections under consideration.
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.
Challenges to Approved Literature
Challenges to district-approved literature may be made by a parent/legal guardian of an active student within the District.
Challenges to approved literature used in the classroom shall be submitted in writing to the District committee. Forms are available at the District Office and on the District website.
The District language arts consultant, as chair of the committee, shall call a committee meeting. At least three committee members shall receive a copy of the challenge and read the selection prior to the meeting.
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.
The committee shall determine by majority vote whether or not the challenged material selection shall be retained for classroom instruction.
A material may not be reviewed again for three school years following the district committee's determination.