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    Course Design, Selection and Adopt of Instructional Materials

    File: 2020

    Curriculum Adoption  

    If a new course is instituted or if new subject matter is introduced, the district shall assist in the training of teachers for the course if the teachers assigned to the course are not qualified or if qualified teachers are not available in the employment field. 

    Instructional Materials 

    The board shall make every effort to provide all instructional equipment, books, and materials needed to maintain the desired instructional program. 

    Textbook Selection and Adoption 

    The pervasive instruction goal of the Lake Washington School District is to provide opportunities for all children to achieve their maximum intellectual growth and development. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to authorize the adoption of instructional materials to meet this goal. Instructional materials selection shall be regarded primarily as the function of the professional staff of the school system. Further, it shall be the policy of the Lake Washington School District: 

    1. To provide, free of charge, to each pupil such textbooks and supplies as to assure optimum classroom learning. However, each pupil shall be required to exercise reasonable care in the use of such materials. 
    2. To select materials which support and enrich the curriculum for use at all grade levels and in all subject areas; to provide an effective basic education for all students; and to insure flexibility sufficient to meet the special needs of individuals and groups. 
    3. To assure that procedures are available for the consideration and adoption of text and other text materials, library materials, guest speakers, pilot programs and free and/or sponsored materials. (It is required that these procedures be adhered to in the consideration and selection of all materials.) 
    4. To establish an Instructional Materials Committee to recommend instructional materials in accordance with district policy. 
    5. To provide parents and guardians an opportunity to review within a reasonable time frame, those instructional materials which are being used in their children's course of instruction. 
    6. To provide an orderly procedure for challenging the appropriateness of any text, library material or other instructional material. 
    7. To select instructional materials that eliminate bias pertaining to sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharge veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal. 

    Instructional Materials and The Method of Selection 

    While the screening and selection of instructional materials shall be a continuing and cooperative process shared by teachers, administrators and community persons, it is the policy of the Lake Washington School District that any process which leads to the selection of instructional materials should give assurance that: 

    1. Instructional materials are consistent with district statement of philosophy and educational goals, 
    2. Instructional materials shall stimulate student growth and conceptional thinking, factual knowledge, physical fitness, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and the development of ethical standards, 
    3. Instructional materials shall enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the various instructional needs, abilities, interests and maturity levels of the students served, 
    4. Instructional materials should be of a sufficient variety so as to present opposing views of controversial issues in order that young citizens may develop the skills of critical analysis and informed decision making, 
    5. Instructional materials should help students understand the ethnic, cultural and occupational diversity of American life. Instructional materials shall objectively present the concerns and build upon the contributions, current and historical, of both sexes, and members of various religions, ethnic and cultural groups. It should be recognized that under certain conditions biased materials may represent appropriate resources in presenting differing points of view, 
    6. Teacher expressed curricular and instructional needs and requirements are considered, 
    7. Community interests are safeguarded, i.e., local, social, political, moral, and cultural environment are considered, 
    8. The expenditure is economically sound, i.e., it represents a wise use of tax money. This concerns such things as the frequency with which materials are changed and the matter of competitive pricing, 
    9. Instructional materials are consistent with the district's scope of student learning objectives, and, 
    10. All legal requirements are met, i.e., to have an established process which is administratively approved. 

    Library Materials 
    Selection of library materials shall be the province of the school librarian, operating according to professional selection standards and guidelines and keeping with the primary objective which is to enrich, support and extend the educational program of the school. The philosophy of selection of library materials shall be consistent with the Library Bill of Rights. 

    Library Bill of Rights 
    The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. 

    1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. 
    2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. 
    3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibilities to provide information and enlightenment. 
    4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. 
    5. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. 
    6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. 

    Video and Film  

    To implement the policy dealing with Controversial Issues (Policy INB), the following procedures will be followed prior to using non-rated, G, PG, PG-13, and R-rated videos or films in instructional programs: 

    At the Elementary Level (Grades K - 5) 

    1. The building administrator and individual must discuss the proposed use of the PG or PG13-rated video/film. The classroom teacher needs to have viewed the proposed film and must demonstrate that there is no other suitable alternative video to an age appropriate rating for the students being taught. The use of R-rated films is not approved for elementary use. 
    2. Any individual at the elementary level who wishes to show all or a portion of a PG13-rated video/film must ensure that the film has been approved by the Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). If it is not approved, the individual needs to submit a request for approval through the Instruction Materials Committee using Appendix A “Request for Adoption of Basic Instructional Materials” (Classification/Definition of Instructional Materials; Policy IIAA-R).
      • The use of a PG-13 rated video or film must be related to an instructional objective. 
      • Parent permission slips must be sent home at least 2 weeks prior to the viewing of the film to the parents/guardians of students explaining how the PG13-rated video or film will be used and the instructional objective which it supports. 
      • Signed parent/guardian authorization will be required of all students prior to viewing a PG-13 rated video or film. 
      • These authorization forms will be maintained by the building administrator. 
      • Students whose parents/guardians do not authorize viewing of a PG-13 rated video/film will be provided an alternative assignment. 
      • NO student's grade will be penalized for not taking part in the lesson using the PG-13 rated video or film. 
    3. Any individual who wishes to show all or a portion of a PG-rated video/film will complete Appendix D “In-Building Approval of Speaker or Other Instructional Materials” (Classification/Definition of Instructional Materials; Policy IIAA-R) and submit to the building administrator prior to the proposed date of use. 
      • The use of a PG rated video or film must be related to an instructional objective. 
      • Appendix D must be filed for each PG rated video or film on an annual basis. 
      • Building administrator's signature is required to show a PG rated video or film. 
      • Parent notification must be sent home at least 2 weeks prior to the viewing to the parents/guardians of students explaining how a PG rated video or film will be used, the instructional objective which it supports, and an explanation that an alternative assignment can be provided if the parent does not want the student to view the film. 
      • Students whose parents/guardians do not authorize viewing of a PG rated video or film will be provided with an alternative assignment. 
      • No student's grade will be penalized for not taking part in the lesson using the PG-rated video/film. 
    4. Any individual at the elementary level who wishes to show all or a portion of a G rated or non-rated video or film must determine that the movie is related to an instructional objective. Non-rated video or films, which contain potentially controversial topics (controversial topics which may be sensitive within the community include topics that have strong language, sexual material, violence, religion, political implications, or social significance), shall be submitted to the IMC for approval and follow with the procedures for parent notification. 

    At the Middle School Level (Grades 6 - 8) 

    1. The building administrator and individual must discuss the proposed use of the PG13 or R-rated video or film. The classroom teacher needs to have viewed the proposed film and must demonstrate that there is no other suitable alternative video to an age appropriate rating for the students being taught. 
    2. Teachers are encouraged to list any PG-13 or R-rated films in the course catalog, however, if a significant number of PG-13 or R-rated videos or films, 3 or more, are shown in any class, this must be stated in the Course Description Catalog. 
    3. Any individual at the middle school who wishes to show all or a portion of an R-rated video or film must ensure that the film has been approved by the Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). If it is not approved, the teacher must submit a request for approval through the Instructional Materials Committee using Appendix A “Request for Adoption of Basic Instructional Materials” (Classification/Definition of Instructional Materials; Policy IIAA-R). 
      • Parent permission slips must be sent home at least 2 weeks prior to the viewing of the film to the parents/guardians of students explaining how R rated video or film will be used and the instructional objective which it supports. 
      • Signed parent/guardian authorization will be required of all students prior to viewing an R-rated video or film. 
      • These authorization forms will be maintained by the building administrator. 
      • Students whose parents/guardians do not authorize viewing of a PG-13 or R-rated video/film will be provided an alternative assignment. 
      • No student's grade will be penalized for not taking part in the lesson using the PG-13 or R-rated video or film. 
      • If alternative assignments are requested for 3 or more videos or films in any class, the teacher and parent should meet with the administrator and/or counselor to discuss alternative class placements. 
    4. Any individual who wishes to show all or a portion of a PG-13 rated video or film will complete Appendix D “In-Building Approval of Speaker or Other Instructional Materials” (Classification/Definition of Instructional Materials; Policy IIAA-R) and submit to the building administrator prior to the proposed date of use. If a movie was originally rated R, but has been modified to a PG-13 or PG status, teachers must communicate this change to parents to let them know why the film has not been submitted to the IMC. 
      • The use of a PG-13 rated video or film must be related to an instructional objective. 
      • Signed parent/guardian authorization will be required of all students prior to viewing a PG-13 rated video or film. 
      • These authorization forms will be maintained by the building administrator. 
      • Appendix D must be filed for each PG-13 rated video or film on an annual basis. 
      • Building administrator's signature is required to show a PG-13 rated video or film. 
      • Parent notification and permission slips must be sent home to the parents/guardians of students at least 2 weeks prior to the viewing explaining how the PG-13 video or film will be used, the instructional objective which it supports, and an explanation that an alternative assignment can be provided if the parent does not want the student to view the film. 
      • Students whose parents/guardians do not authorize viewing of a PG-13 video or film will be provided an alternative assignment. 
      • No student's grade will be penalized for not taking part in the lesson using the PG-13 rated video or film. 
      • If alternative assignments are requested for 3 or more videos/films in any class, the teacher and parent should meet with the administrator and/or counselor to discuss alternative class placements. 
    5. Any individual at the middle school level who wishes to show all or a portion of a G, PG rated or non-rated video/film must determine that the movie is related to an instructional objective. Non-rated video/films, which contain potentially controversial topics (controversial topics which may be sensitive within the community include topics that have strong language, sexual material, violence, religion, political implications, or social significance), shall be submitted to the IMC for approval and follow with the procedures for parent notification. 

    At the High School Level (Grades 9 - 12) 

    1. The building administrator and individual must discuss the proposed use of the R-rated video/film. The classroom teacher needs to have viewed the proposed film and demonstrate that there is no other suitable alternative video to an age appropriate rating for the students being taught. 
    2. Teachers are encouraged to list any R-rated films in the course catalog, however, if a significant number R-rated videos or films, 3 or more, are shown in any class, this must be stated in the Course Description Catalog. 
    3. Any individual who wishes to show all or a portion of an R-rated video or film will complete Appendix D “In-Building Approval of Speaker or Other Instructional Materials” (Classification/Definition of Instructional Materials; Policy IIAA-R) and submit to the building administrator prior to the proposed date of use. 
      • The use of an R-rated video or film must be related to an instructional objective. 
      • Parent permission slips must be sent home must be sent home at least 2 weeks prior to the viewing of the film to the parents/guardians of students explaining how R-rated video or film will be used and the instructional objective which it supports. 
      • Signed parent/guardian authorization will be required of all students prior to viewing an R-rated video or film. 
      • These authorization forms will be maintained by the building administrator. 
      • Appendix D must be filed for each R-rated video or film on an annual basis. 
      • Building administrator's signature is required to show an R rated video or film. 
      • Parent notification must be sent home to the parents/guardians of students explaining how the R-rated video or film will be used, the instructional objective which it supports, and an explanation that an alternative assignment can be provided if the parent does not want the student to view the film. 
      • Students whose parents/guardians do not authorize viewing of an R rated video or film will be provided an alternative assignment. 
      • No student's grade will be penalized for not taking part in the lesson using the R-rated video or film. 
      • If alternative assignments are requested for 3 or more videos/films in any class, the teacher and parent should meet with the administrator and/or counselor to discuss alternative class placements. 
      • Students who are legally emancipated may sign their own permission slips. 
    4. Any individual at the senior high level who wishes to show all or a portion of a G, PG, PG-13, or non-rated video or film must determine that the movie is related to an instructional objective. Non-rated video or films, which contain potentially controversial topics (controversial topics which may be sensitive within the community include topics that have strong language, sexual material, violence, religion, political implications, or social significance), should be submitted to the IMC for approval and follow with the procedures for parent notification. 

     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:

    RCW 28A.320.230  
    RCW 28A.405.060  
    WAC 180-44-010  
    WAC 392-190-055  

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