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.
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.
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 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.
Board Directive The Board recognizes that a high school graduation diploma indicates completion of specified units of credit and a specified level of competency as measured by established District procedures and student learning outcomes. The Board further recognizes that the educational program of any student should be one that recognizes the student's needs and promotes continuous student growth toward and beyond the competency level. Educational programs will be designed to meet the needs of each student. The Board delegates to the Administration the responsibility for developing and maintaining District curricula, programs, and evaluation procedures to meet State requirements and satisfy District needs.
The District Program of Studies policy shall be reviewed and approved by the Administration periodically.
District programs of study shall include all required, recommended, and elective courses and extracurricular activities. These programs shall have the following characteristics:
Compliance with State Standards and Guidelines
Student learning outcomes that define mastery learning
Instruction that meets the abilities and needs of each student
Instruction which develops the skills required for students to achieve District graduation competencies
Appropriate evaluation procedures
A systematic staff development program shall be designed, implemented and maintained through professional learning communities and professional development.
Planning for each student's program of studies in the middle and the high school shall include:
Parent, designated school personnel, and student involvement in the decision making process, as the student progresses toward and beyond the stated competency levels.
Student records that include student mastery of student learning outcomes, progress, competency, interests, aptitudes, and other relevant information.
Responsibility for implementation of the Program of Studies is given to the Administrators of Schools. Periodically, the Program of Studies shall be reviewed and revised. Revision shall reflect changing curriculum and student needs.
District Guidelines for Courses of Study
The Administrator of Teaching and Learning is responsible for coordinating the development of curriculum goals, student learning outcomes, and instructional programs which comply with the State and District guidelines related to high school completion. The Administrator of Teaching and Learning shall work with the Administrators of Schools who in turn will work with appropriate school personnel to delineate District guidelines for curriculum development and implementation.
Evaluation of Student Progress
The Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability in cooperation with the Administrator of Teaching and Learning is responsible for coordinating the development of a systematic student assessment program to include criterion referenced and norm referenced tests. The Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability shall work with the appropriate Administrators of Schools, the Administrator of Teaching and Learning, the Accountability specialist and Information Systems to develop, schedule, administer, and interpret student achievement assessments.
Records of Student Progress
The Director of Information Systems, in cooperation with the Director of Evaluation, Research and Accountability, shall work with the appropriate Administrator of Schools, the Administrator of Teaching and Learning, the Accountability specialist and Information Systems to develop and implement appropriate procedures for establishing and maintaining records of student progress including test results, program reports and report cards or electronic data processing files. Records of student progress (K-12) will be maintained by local school principals and staff.
Student Education Plans (SEP) and Plans for College and Career Readiness
Each student shall have a personalized student education plan (SEP) or Plan for College and Career Readiness as required by Utah Code §53E-2-304. Each plan shall include the following:
Guidelines for recognizing the student’s accomplishments and strengths.
Guidelines for planning, monitoring, and managing the student’s education and career development.
The SEP or Plan for College and Career Readiness shall be developed through an ongoing partnership involving students, parents, and school personnel.
At least two SEP conferences per year shall be held for elementary-age students, grades one through six. The conferences shall involve the student, the student’s parent/guardian, and school personnel.
To align with State Board RuleR277-462-4, the implementation for the Plan for College and Career Readiness shall include the following:
7th grade - at a minimum, students shall have either one individual Plan for College and Career Readiness with a counselor or participate in one small group Plan for College and Career Readiness meeting per year. Students will develop four-year plans during their 7th grade College and Career Awareness class.
8th and 9th grade - at a minimum, students shall have one individual Plan for College and Career Readiness with a counselor per year. The Plan for College and Career Readiness must include a four-year plan.
10th grade - at a minimum, students shall have either one individual Plan for College and Career Readiness with a counselor or participate in one small group Plan for College and Career Readiness meeting per year. The Plan for College and Career Readiness must include a four-year plan.
11th and 12th grade - at a minimum, students shall have one individual Plan for College and Career Readiness with a counselor per year. The Plan for College and Career Readiness must include a four-year plan.
The District shall provide in-service training to assist school personnel in the development and implementation of SEP’s and for College and Career Readiness.
In cooperation with the Administrators of Schools, local school principals, the Administrator of Teaching and Learning, with the assistance of the consultant staff, shall be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of staff in-service programs.
Leadership Relating to the Implementation of the Program of Studies and Professional Learning Communities
The Administrators of Schools are responsible for communicating Program of Studies and guidelines to the local school principals. Each principal shall be responsible for local school implementation.
Board Directive Given the diversity of the community it represents, the Board feels that defining which subjects are controversial and which ones are not is unproductive and perhaps even impossible. Therefore, the Board feels it is better to impose standards on ALL discussion rather than hold certain discussions to a separate standard. Consequently, the applicable contents of this policy have been moved to policy D200 Philosophy of Instruction, which governs all discussions held every day within the entire school district.
Every Jordan District student is entitled to be educated in an environment facilitated by qualified teachers, who implement evidence and research-based best practices in order to provide appropriate and productive learning opportunities, promote academic excellence, and encourage the development of college and career ready individuals and contributors to our society.
The Board holds that one of the fundamental purposes of education is to teach students how to think critically; therefore, schools have an obligation to allow students a forum for examination and discussion of differing perspectives which arise in connection with the teaching of the Utah Core Standards. The Board recognizes that public education is a partner with parents, who play the primary role in educating their children.
Administrative Policy The accompanying administrative policy provisions shall be followed:
Every student shall be considered a worthwhile, valuable individual.
Every student shall be considered capable of learning which results in progress toward appropriate educational goals.
Every student shall be treated with respect.
Every student shall be expected to perform at a level commensurate with the student's ability, age, and rate of personal development.
Every student shall be challenged to strive for the highest level of academic performance possible.
Instructional environments shall encourage genuine discussion among students of varying viewpoints.
Instructional programs shall be offered in an atmosphere that is conducive to physical and emotional health and safety.
Instructional programs shall be offered in an environment that promotes appropriate school conduct and encourages a cooperative approach to learning and the active participation of all students.
Instruction shall be implemented to cultivate student interest and stimulate learning.
Instruction shall include multiple strategies to address the needs of all learners and incorporate both large and small group interactions, interventions, and enrichment opportunities.
Instruction shall take into account the mental, physical, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of all students.
Focus on helping students learn to reason and acquire course-related knowledge, skill, and understanding.
Comply with State Board Rule R277-328 - Educational Equity in Schools which requires that instruction may not include or endorse that:
a student or educator’s sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or membership in any other protected class is inherently superior or inferior to another sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.
a student or educator’s sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or membership in any other protected class determines the content of the student or educator’s character including the student or educator’s values, morals, or personal ethics.
a student or educator bears responsibility for the past actions of individuals from the same sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class as the student or educator.
a student or educator should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment because of the student or educator’s sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or membership in any other protected class.
Allow students’ expression of personal beliefs unless the expression unreasonably interferes with order or discipline, threatens the well-being of persons or property, or violates concepts of civility or propriety appropriate to a school setting in compliance with Utah Code 53G-10-203 Expressions of Belief –Discretionary Time.
Not include discussion of the teacher’s personal political affiliations or viewpoints and maintain an impartial and unprejudiced role throughout instruction.
Provide opportunities for students to learn through direct personal experiences as well as through the experiences of others.
Provide opportunities for students to discover the world of nature and learn about and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of cultures and societies.
Encourage lifelong learning by providing opportunities for students to learn how to study as well as provide exercises in critical thinking and problem solving.
Incorporate the ideals of human liberty, equality, justice, and ethical principles.
Promote the values of ethical character, individual responsibility, economic sufficiency, civic usefulness, and personal health and hygiene.
Foster student progress, involvement, and coverage of appropriate content by providing instruction based on current research findings in classroom management, instructional delivery, interaction with students, instructional planning, and professional development.
Education is a shared responsibility. Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and other staff as necessary shall work cooperatively for the good of each student.
Student growth and achievement shall be consistently monitored and communicated to parents through report cards, at parent/teacher conferences, and other occasions as necessary.
Instructional quality shall be monitored through a variety of performance evaluations. Curriculum guides and ongoing staff training shall be provided.
Instructional delivery shall provide for the development of the personal, social, academic, and vocational potentials of students.
Teachers shall collaborate in Professional Learning Communities, and share resources and ideas as a way of improving instructional processes in order to sustain a focus on results, a focus on collaboration, and a focus on learning.
Teachers shall provide parents with a list of books that students are expected to read in full. Parents may request and receive an alternate assignment as outlined in Utah Code 53G-10-205. Teachers must give enough notice so that parents can be involved in the process.
The teacher is responsible to:
Prepare lesson plans which include clear, concise goals for the study unit.
Provide content that is appropriate for the age of students being taught.
Provide students the option, without penalty, of an alternate assignment when requested by a parent.
Emphasize the academic aspect of the content and refrain from advocating a position.
Guest Speakers (anyone not employed by Jordan School District)
Guest speakers shall agree in advance to abide by the guidelines outlined in this policy, and to refrain from discussions that go beyond the course-relevant content.
The teacher shall be responsible to monitor the guest presentation in its entirety and halt the presentation if course content guidelines are violated.
If the guest speaker is presenting only one point of view on a many-sided issue, the teacher shall be responsible to see that students also receive information on differing viewpoints.
If a guest speaker is to be invited to a classroom, the teacher shall notify the principal with a completed Guest Speaker Request Form.
The teacher shall notify parents or guardians of guest speakers invited to a classroom.
Process for Reporting and Resolving Concerns
Parents or students with concerns regarding the implementation of this policy are encouraged to contact (in this order):
School administration (assistant principal or principal)
District administration (Administrator of Schools or Superintendent)
Board of Education
Concerns can also be reported formally through the District hotline posted on jordandistrict.org (pursuant to Utah State Board Rule R277-113). Each concern will be investigated and a response will be provided to the degree possible. Policy violations will be addressed using appropriate administrative actions.
If a parent of a student, or a secondary student, determines that the student's participation in a portion of the curriculum or in an activity would require the student to affirm or deny a religious belief or right of conscience, the parent or the secondary student may request a waiver of the requirement to participate or a reasonable alternative.
The school shall promptly notify a student's parent if the secondary student makes a request.
If a request is made, the school shall waive the participation requirement, provide a reasonable alternative to the requirement, or notify the requesting party that participation is required as outlined in Utah Code 53G-10-205.
Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teachers at the beginning of the year or semester with any questions or concerns about course content or with requests as outlined in Utah Code 53G-10-205.
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.
Board Directive It is the primary responsibility of parents to provide sex education for their children. It is the responsibility of the schools to provide supportive instruction that will complement the efforts in the home. The Board authorizes the District Administration to conduct instruction on health, family life, character, refusal skills, and the harmful effects of pornography within the framework of guidelines established by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and as approved by Jordan School District Board of Education.
Administrative Policy The Administration delegates to the Administrator of Teaching and Learning the responsibility for the review and selection of appropriate materials. The Administration delegates to the Administrators of Schools the responsibility to ensure use of appropriate, approved and supportive educational instruction.
Sex education is best described as that part of character education that develops a reverence and respect for birth and life, respect for the human body, respect for parenthood, and a respect for moral standards. It includes instruction to develop understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, and psychological phases of human relations as they are affected by male and female relationships. It includes more than the anatomical and reproductive information, and it emphasizes the development of positive attitudes, and provides guidance for building healthy relationships.
Programs and materials relating to sex education shall be an the abstinence based curriculum approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).
All instructional materials shall be medically accurate and evidence based.
Sex education shall be conducted within the framework of already existing courses such as Health, Biology, Psychology, Family and Consumer Science, and Physiology.
Responsibilities of the Jordan School District
The Administrators of Schools and the Administrator of Teaching and Learning involve community representatives and District personnel as members of a Health Education Committee. The Health Education Committee will review commercial materials, teacher prepared materials and professional programs considered for school use. Media, instructional materials and technology applications approved for use will be published and distributed to the schools.
The Health Education Committee shall consist of the following: Administrator of Teaching and Learning, the District Health Consultant, seven (7) PTSA/parent representatives, one (1) high school health teacher, one (1) middle school health teacher, one (1) school counselor, one (1) school nurse, one (1) Board of Education member and one (1) elementary principal or assistant principal. Proposed courses of study, instructional units, and teaching materials relating specifically to sex education shall be screened by the Health Education Committee, and the approved list shall be submitted to the Jordan School District Administration for review and approval. Approved materials are available for public viewing by request.
The Health Education Committee shall review and report data to the local school board every two years as required by law. (Utah Code 53G-10-402)
As parent interest warrants, classes for parents may be conducted in the adult high school program (Southpointe High School) or at the Jordan Family Education Center. These classes would focus on parenting skills that would enhance the parents’ role as they teach their children responsible values and attitudes about sexuality.
Each elementary school shall plan an elective maturation program for each fifth-grade girl and her parents and each fifth-grade boy and his parents. Students may opt out of the program with written permission from their parents to their school. The main purposes of the program will be to provide accurate information about sexual development and to encourage discussion in the home. At the discretion of the school principal, students and their parents from other grades may be invited to attend.
Jordan School District will manage a logging and tracking system of parental and community complaints and comments resulting from student participation in human sexuality instruction.
Violators of USBE policy are to be reported to the State Board Commission.
Provide training for health educators, allowing them to review USBE rules and instructional materials once every three years.
Responsibilities of Jordan Health Educators
Parent approval shall be obtained by sex education teachers in writing, using the USBE consent form. Materials that will be used in school presentations will be made available to parents upon request prior to the presentations taking place. Selected programs must come from the published, approved list.
New teachers are required to attend a state-sponsored professional development as they begin their career. Thereafter, teachers must complete a required professional development once every three years.
Use instructional materials that are medically accurate and aligned with the Utah Health Core. Teachers may respond to students’ questions to provide accurate data or correct inaccurate or misleading information.