The policies below were copied from the Ballard Board of Education Policy
The District shall maintain a media center in each attendance center for use by staff and by students during the school day. Materials for the media centers will be selected in accordance with Policy 614. The District shall implement curriculum covering all grade levels for instruction and reinforcement of information search and media skills, which shall be integrated with classroom instruction.
of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5
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STUDENT MEDIA CIRCULATION RECORDS
Student media circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the District's media centers. As a general rule, student media center circulation records are considered confidential records and will be released only in compliance with the Student Records policy.
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INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS; REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION
A. Definition. The term "instructional materials" shall include printed materials, audio-visual materials, and computer-based materials and shall include all materials used in the classroom and available in the media centers.
B. Selection and Inspection.
1. Persons Involved. The selection of instructional materials shall be delegated to the instructional staff, under the supervision of the administrative staff. Material purchased for school media centers shall be recommended for purchase by the professional personnel of the media center in consultation with administrative and instructional staff. All material recommended shall be approved by the building administrator. All textbook adoptions shall be approved by the Board of Directors.
2. Criteria. In selecting instructional materials, the following criteria should be considered:
C. Acceptance of Instructional Materials as a Gift. The District shall judge and accept or reject all gift materials based on the same criteria applied to materials selected and purchased by the District. If the gift is of sufficient value to be considered a major gift, the principal shall be informed and the gift shall be subject to the District's gift policy. The District, because of function and space of the media centers, cannot promise in all cases to maintain a collection or group of books as a single entity segregated from the circulating and reference collections. The District reserves the right to make the decision as to the most appropriate use and housing of a gift collection or group of books. Books may be identified by appropriate book plates indicating donor information.
D. Inspection. Persons may request to view instructional materials used in the District by filing a request with the building principal. All instructional materials, including teachers' manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with instruction on human growth and development or which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any federally funded program must be available for inspection by parents.
E. Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.
1. Persons. Any student, parent or guardian, licensed staff member, or resident may ask for reconsideration of instructional materials or the manner in which they are being used by using the following procedures.
3. Withdrawal. Instructional materials shall not be removed or withdrawn from use during the pendency of the review process except upon three-fourths vote of the entire membership of the review committee and approval of the building principal, who shall state the reasons in writing for such action. The building principal may decide that a particular student or group of students be provided alternative instructional materials during the pendency of the review.
4. Criterion. The sole criterion for decisions shall be the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use.
F. Elimination and Replacement of Instructional Materials. The District shall provide for the regular "weeding" and elimination of instructional materials (both classroom and media center materials). The media specialist may remove materials which are no longer important for meeting District goals and curriculum objectives. The advice of instructional personnel, students and community members may be sought. No materials shall be withdrawn or discarded merely because they contain controversial opinions. Infrequently used materials should be retained if they contribute to the excellence of the collection as a whole. Classroom instructional materials may be removed from inventory when they are no longer important to the instructional program, following general selection and replacement guidelines.
G. Copyrights. Copyrighted materials, whether they are print or nonprint, will not be duplicated unless such reproduction meets "fair use" standards or unless written permission from the copyright holder has been received. The Board does not sanction illegal duplication in any form. The four criteria for evaluating "fair use" are:
Date of Revision: October 11, 2004. Legal References: 279.8, 279.50, 280.3, 280.6, 280.14, Chapter 301, Code
of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(8), 12.5(16)
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