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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6163.1  Instruction

Libraries/Media Centers   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Escondido Union School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The governing board defines library/media center materials as any materials other than board-adopted textbooks and support materials made available to students through the district library media center or school library media centers. These materials include books, audiovisual materials, display materials, and computer-accessed informational material. Instructional materials are selected by the school district to implement, enrich, and support the educational program for the student. Materials must serve both the breadth of the curriculum and the needs and interests of individual students. It is the obligation of the district to provide for a wide range of abilities, to respect many differing points of view, and the cultural diversity and gender of its students. To this end, principles must be placed above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality and appropriateness.

Each site shall maintain discretion in the selection of particular library/media center materials. All such materials, however, will be selected using the following criteria and will be subject to challenge through the district complaint procedure as detailed in BP 1312.2


1. The material is in compliance with Education Code requirements, specifically:

Education Code 51550, 51551 - regarding sensitive-restricted instructional materials

Education Code 60040 - regarding portrayal of cultural and racial diversity

Education Code 60041 - regarding ecological system; use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, etc.

Education Code 60044 - regarding prohibited instructional materials

2. The material has been requested for selection by one or more of the following district personnel for the purpose of supporting district curriculum or encouraging the individual interests of students:

a. a certificated teacher

b. a site administrator, counselor or psychologist

c. a district administrator

d. a school library technician or school computer technician

e. a district library technician

f. a nurse or other specialized support person

3. One of the individuals listed above will have reviewed directly, or through consultation with district library personnel, authoritative documentation as to the suitability of the material for the age group having access to it. Sources for such documentation will include professional journals or library bibliographies focused on the school setting or children's literature. Examples of such publications include, but are not limited to; The School Library Journal, The Horn Book, American Library Association publications, The Kobrin Letter (non-fiction reviews), The Elementary School Library Collection, Bound to Stay Bound Books, San Diego County schools' bibliographies, and California state supplemental reading lists. Such documentation shall represent opinion regarding:

Purpose: - What is the overall purpose of the material?

Authenticity: - Is the author qualified in the field?

Is the material up-to-date?

Appropriateness: - Does the material support the curriculum?

Is it appropriate to the age of student and level of instruction intended?

Is there student appeal?

Is there sexual or violence explicitness that would be offensive to the general local community?

Content: - If selected for pleasure reading/viewing, is it at an appropriate level for student enjoyment?

If selected to inform or support the curriculum, is the subject covered in depth?

Does the material give an added useful dimension to its subject?

Does the material make a contribution to breadth of representative viewpoints on controversial issues?

4. When possible, the actual material itself has been reviewed by a site staff member rather than relying on a bibliography annotation.

5. The physical condition of the material will hold up under normal school use.

6. The principal, in consultation with appropriate site staff, has approved the selection. Should the principal have questions regarding appropriateness of the material, the district library/media coordinator shall be consulted.

Materials shall be selected for their overall strengths rather than rejected for their specific weaknesses; however, if at any point in the process they are deemed to be: (a) educationally unsuitable in terms of relevance or appropriateness to age and grade level; (b) psychologically or intellectually inappropriate for the age group; or, (c) advancing ideas that are manifestly harmful to the public wefare, they will not be selected.

At the beginning of each school year, a site administrator will familiarize all staff at each site with the criteria above. The criteria apply equally to materials selected for purchase or accepted through donation.

District Library

Selection of educational materials for the district library shall be subject to the same conditions as for school site materials. The site administrator at the district level shall be identified by the assistant superintendent, educational services.


adopted: April 29, 1993 Escondido, California