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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6161.11  Instruction

Utilization Of Instructional Materials   

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Teachers shall use district-adopted textbooks as primary resources for supporting the delivery of all district-approved curriculum. The Board encourages teachers to use supplementary instructional materials, which are relevant to curriculum objectives. Materials may be used to augment but not supplant district-adopted materials. Care should be taken to assure that materials are age appropriate and aligned to student abilities. By using such materials, teachers can introduce content and instructional strategies that enrich the curriculum, enhance learning, help students make critical judgments, and stimulate their intellectual growth.

When selecting supplementary materials for classroom use, teachers should carefully review them and provide appropriate introductory and follow-up activities. All supplemental materials must be used within legal copyright limitations.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a prescreening process to be used when a teacher desires to show a film not previously approved by the district, county or state for educational purposes. The film may be used if found educationally suitable when so previewed.

Before showing any film not previously approved by the district, county or state for educational purposes, the teacher shall notify parents/guardians that the film will be shown. Students who do not receive parental permission to view the film shall be excused to an alternative supervised activity.

(cf. 4119.24 - Academic Freedom)

(cf. 6142.1 - Family Life/Sex Education)

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

Legal Reference:


233.5 Duty re instruction in morals, manners and citizenship

18111 Exclusion of books by governing board

51510 Prohibited study or supplemental materials

51511 Religious matters properly included

51933 Sex education materials

60010 Definitions


McCarthy v. Fletcher, (1989) 207 Cal. App. 3d 130


adopted: June 4, 2002 Escondido, California