Media and Book Selection

It is the policy of the school district to provide a wide range of media and print materials on all levels of difficulty, with a diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view. Despite the quality of the selection process, occasional objections to materials will be made. Persons who wish to protest the inclusion of specific items in school collections of materials will follow the procedure given below.

Guidelines and Procedures

References:  

ISD 110 School Board Policy #625 Media and Book Selection

ISD110 School Board Policy #606 Textbook and Instructional Materials  

Background:

Occasional objections to materials will be made, despite the quality of the selection process. The school board supports principles of intellectual freedom inherent in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and expressed in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association, its interpretation for minors, and the Students’ Right to Read of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Persons who wish to protest the inclusion of specific items in school collections of materials will follow the procedure given below. These steps are intended to give all parties an equal chance to be heard.

Materials Review Committee:

The Director of Teaching and Learning shall be responsible for the development of a materials review committee.  This committee shall include at least one of each of the following representatives:  citizen/community member, media specialist, teacher, and student (if appropriate).  The teacher(s) involved with the dispute should not be a member of the review committee.

Process for Review:

Simply because there is a complaint about material is not sufficient reason to withdraw circulation from all students.  An attempt will be made at the building level to informally resolve the problem.  If not resolved, the complainant will complete a Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Materials form. The completed form should be forwarded to the Director of Teaching and Learning.

The Director of Teaching and Learning and the Materials Review Committee will review the challenged material within 30 working days.  The review committee will take the following steps after receiving the Citizen’s Request.

  • The faculty member(s) most involved shall be invited to present their points of view 
  • The Materials Review Committee shall read, listen, or view the material in its entirety
  • Check general acceptance of the material by reading reviews and consulting recommended lists
  • Determine the extent to which the material supports the curriculum
  • Weigh the value and faults of the material against each other and form opinions based on the material as a whole (not on passages pulled out of context)
  • In matters requiring a vote, all members shall have an equal vote
  • The committee will discuss and decide on one of the following courses of action:
    1. Make the item in question no longer available to students
    2. Retain the item in question for unrestricted use by students

If the committee selects “2," the school district will make reasonable arrangements for alternative instruction upon request of the complainant.  The school district is not required to pay for the alternative instruction provided by the complainant.

The school district may not impose academic or other penalties on a student merely for arranging alternative instruction. The school district, however, may evaluate and assess the quality of the student’s work.

The review committee will present a written recommendation to the Superintendent and the school board. The complainant and faculty member(s) will be notified of the review committee’s decision.

Request Form