AP 271 - Learning Resources Challenges
The division recognizes that, in some instances, a parent, resident or employee of a school jurisdiction may have concern about a particular learning resource which may or may not be available to a student. This person may appeal, at any time, directly to the school or finally appeal, in writing, to the Superintendent concerning the particular resource.
- The following procedures for dealing with challenged materials may be used at the discretion of the school.
- The complainant should be given a copy of the Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Form (see Forms Manual). The complainant shall sign the form and file it with the principal.
- The principal may decide if the material is inappropriate and may withdraw it from general circulation.
- If the principal feels the material should not be withdrawn, they should explain to the complainant:
- The instructional materials selection procedure;
- The selection criteria;
- The qualifications of those persons selecting and/or recommending the material;
- The intended place and usefulness that the challenged material occupies in the education program; and
- Any pertinent additional information regarding the use of the material such as evaluations in standard selection tools and reviews in professional periodicals.
- If the complainant is still dissatisfied, the principal shall advise that the decision may be appealed, in writing, to the Superintendent.
- Certain materials may be considered unsuitable only for certain age groups/grade levels. In such cases, materials shall be shelved separately from the main collection and be accessed only through a teacher.
School Act, Section 39, 60
Cross Reference: Administrative Procedure 270 – School Libraries
Forms: Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Record of Complaint