|Policies and Regulations||NEPN Code: KEC
Public Concerns, Complaints and Ideas about Programs or Instructional Materials
Concerns and Complaints about Programs
A student, parent/guardian, employee, or District resident wishing to express a concern or submit an official complaint relating to a School District program should follow the procedures set forth in Regulation KEC-R.
Ideas about Programs
Ideas for new District programs or expansion of existing District programs, including but not limited to extra-curricular/athletic programs, shall follow the procedures specified in Regulation KEC-R under the heading “Procedure for Consideration of New or Expanded District Programs.”
Concerns and Complaints about Instructional Materials
One of the most important goals of education is to help young people understand the diversity of viewpoints, religions, and cultures in the world and learn to make informed choices. Despite careful review and selection of instructional materials, parents/guardians and/or students may occasionally have objections to materials that are used in the classroom or that are available through the school library or school computer networks.
When a student or parent/guardian feels significant sensitivity, embarrassment, or moral conflict with the ideas, language, and/or graphics presented in required instructional materials, he or she should express these concerns to the teacher and the principal. The teacher shall work with the parent/guardian and student as specified in Regulation KEC-R under the heading “Procedure for Requesting Alternatives to Required Instructional Materials.”
If the parent/guardian or student feels that the required material is not appropriate for any student’s use, the parent/guardian or student should follow the procedures specified in Regulation KEC-R under the heading “Procedure for Reconsideration of Curriculum Adopted Instructional Materials.”
The principal shall review with the parent/guardian or student the procedures for filing a complaint and shall provide the parent/guardian or student with the appropriate form to file a complaint.
A review of the material shall begin within ten (10) school days of the written complaint reaching the Director of Curriculum Services , and all steps of the process shall be followed as specified in Regulation KEC-R.
Concerns and Complaints about Library Materials
An individual’s freedom to read and explore diverse ideas and viewpoints is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. As expressed in the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read statement, “We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture.” The school library serves as a point of voluntary access to information and ideas and as a learning laboratory for students as they acquire critical thinking and problem solving skills. Considering the diverse backgrounds and points of view represented in our pluralistic society, individuals,may occasionally object to materials available through the school library. If a parent/guardian or student feels that an item available in the school library is not appropriate for any student’s use, librarians and other school personnel should follow the procedures specified in Regulation KEC-R under the heading “Procedure for Reconsideration of Library Materials.”