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Escondido Union ESD |  AR  1312.2  Community Relations

Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials   

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The following procedures have been established to provide a system for receiving, considering and acting upon written complaints regarding instructional materials used by the district.

Complaints will only be accepted from either residents of the district or parents/guardians whose child is enrolled as a student in a district school.

Complaints must be submitted in writing to the building principal. Complaints regarding printed material must include the name of the author, title, publisher, and the objection by pages and items. In the case of nonprinted materials, written information specifying the precise nature of the objection shall be given. The statement must be signed and identified in such a way that a proper reply will be possible.

When a complaint is received by a principal, the principal will acknowledge the receipt of the complaint, and will answer any questions regarding procedure. The principal will then notify the superintendent or designee and the teacher(s) involved of the receipt of the complaint. The superintendent or designee will determine whether the complaint should be considered an individual request or whether a review committee should reevaluate the material.

The superintendent or designee may excuse an individual student from using challenged materials after the parent/guardian has presented a written complaint. The teacher will then assign the student alternate materials of equal merit.

In deliberation of challenged materials, the review committee shall consider the educational philosophy of the school district; the professional opinions of other teachers of the same subject and of other competent authorities; reviews of the materials by reputable bodies; the teacher's own stated objectives in using the materials; and the objections of the complainant.

The review committee shall determine the extent to which the challenged material supports the curriculum, the educational appropriateness of the material, and the appropriateness of the material to the age level of the student.

The findings of the review committee shall be submitted to the superintendent or designee for action.

Challenged materials will be removed from usage by a class, school or the district only upon the approval of the superintendent and board and only after a careful review has been completed.

County or State Adopted Material

If the challenged material has been adopted by the County Board of Education, the superintendent or designee may forward the complaint, without action, to the office of the County superintendent of Schools for reevaluation and decision.

If the questioned material has been adopted by the State of California, the superintendent or designee may forward the complaint, without action, to the office of the State Department of Education for reevaluation and decision.


approved: November 20, 1989 Escondido, California