606 Appendix A

White Bear Lake Area School Independent School District #624 Policy 606 - Procedures

1.0 Minnesota 2012 Statute 120B.20 PARENTAL CURRICULUM REVIEW.

1.1 Each school district shall have a procedure for a parent, guardian, or an adult student, 18 years of age or older, to review the content of the instructional materials to be provided to a minor child or to an adult student and, if the parent, guardian, or adult student objects to the content, to make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for alternative instruction. Alternative instruction may be provided by the parent, guardian, or adult student if the alternative instruction, if any, offered by the School Board does not meet the concerns of the parent, guardian, or adult student. The School Board is not required to pay for the costs of alternative instruction provided by a parent, guardian, or adult student. School personnel may not impose an academic or other penalty upon a student merely for arranging alternative instruction under this section. School personnel may evaluate and assess the quality of the student's work.

2.0 Definition of Instructional Materials

2.1 Instructional materials are all print and non-print materials used in the education of a student.

2.2 This includes:

  • All materials used in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.
  • Media collections – books, periodicals, pamphlets, DVD, CD, graphic materials, globes, maps, computer software, interactive materials and other print and non-print materials.

3.0 Responsibility for Selection of Instructional Materials

3.1 Print and non-print materials for the media center and other instructional areas should be selected in conjunction with faculty, student, and program needs. This program is subject to all stipulations of Policy 606 Textbook and Instructional Materials. Instructional materials selection for subject areas, grade levels, classrooms, and extra curricular programs is the responsibility of licensed staff delegated to coordinate and recommend textbooks and other instructional materials with the appropriate K-12 committees. Final approval is the responsibility of the administrator chairing the committee and ultimately the Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent and School Board.

3.2 Criteria for Instructional Materials Selection

3.2.1. Professional personnel shall evaluate curriculum materials based on the mission, goals, and objectives of the White Bear Lake Area School Area School District. The selection criteria shall consider the materials based on appropriate content for subject areas, the media center and suitability for student needs. The following criteria are to be used. Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests abilities, demographics, and maturity levels of the pupils served. Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, ethical standards, and critical reading and thinking. Provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, political, historical and cultural groups and their contributions to our American and World heritage thereby enabling students to develop an intellectual integrity in forming judgments. Place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the media center and the classroom. Ensure that students’ rights of data privacy are protected when using systems for computer management of instruction. This might include both network systems and individual management systems.

5.0 Objection Procedures

5.1 Use of questioned instructional materials shall not be restricted during the review process.

5.2 District Reconsideration Committee

5.2.1 The District Reconsideration Committee shall consist of 7 members. Five members shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required at all meetings where a decision is to be made regarding a questioned instructional material.

5.2.2 All committee members are voting members.

5.2.3 Suggestions regarding who should be part of the District Reconsideration Committee: Department Curriculum Leader Building Principal or Assistant Principal selected by the Superintendent or designee Media Specialist selected by the Superintendent or designee Curriculum Coordinator District 624 resident from the Community Curriculum Advisory Committee High school student selected by high school building principal School Board member or Cabinet member selected by the Superintendent or designee

5.3 Guidelines for reconsideration by the District Reconsideration Committee

5.3.1 Examine the object in its entirety.

5.3.2 Read critical reviews from professional educators.

5.3.3 Determine value of the instructional resource as a whole (rather than on passages or sections taken out of context).

5.3.4 In the case of a tie vote with a quorum present, the objection shall be denied.

5.3.5 A decision to sustain an objection shall not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the part of the professionals involved in the selection and/or use of the instructional materials.

5.4 The committee’s decision may be appealed to the Superintendent and School Board.