6:220 - Policy on the Selection of Instructional Materials

Policy 6:220


Instructional Materials

All District classrooms and learning centers should be equipped with an evenly- proportioned, wide assortment of instructional materials, including textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and electronic materials. These materials should provide quality learning experiences for students and:

  1. Enrich and support the curriculum;
  2. Stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
  3. Provide background information to enable students to make informed judgments and promote critical reading and thinking;
  4. Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society; and
  5. Contribute to a sense of the worth of all people regardless of sex, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other differences that may exist.

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a list of textbooks and instructional materials used in the District. Anyone may inspect any textbook or instructional material.

Teachers are encouraged to use supplemental material only when it will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught. Teachers are to ensure that such material is appropriate. Any movie, documentary, novel, or other instructional material that is not part of a district adoption or does not have a rating must be approved by the building principal before being used by the teacher. All movies, documentaries, films, and books must be previewed by the teacher before asking the building principal for approval for use. No PG-13 movie shall be shown without prior approval from the building principal and written parental permission is given. No R-rated and NC-17 (no one 17 and under admitted) movies shall be shown under any circumstances. These restrictions apply to television programs and other media with equivalent ratings. Movies should be used primarily for instructional purposes.

Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption

The Superintendent shall approve the selection of all textbooks and instructional materials according to the standards described in this policy. The School Code governs the adoption and purchase of textbooks and instructional materials.


Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: May 16, 2011

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