Non-Adopted Instructional Materials
Before the district school board takes any official action on non-adopted materials, public access to the materials will be provided online for at least twenty (20) calendar days. Materials will be included as a separate line “action” item on the agenda, and a reasonable opportunity for public comment will be provided.
*Links to access materials for viewing will be provided here at least 20 calendar days prior to the school board taking official action on the materials.
Parents of students attending a public school in the district or residents of Charlotte County (Petitioners) may object to the use of specific material found in a school or classroom library or included on a reading list. The petitioner shall first discuss his/her concerns about the materials with the school principal or designee. If the discussion with the principal or designee does not resolve the petitioner's concerns, the objection shall be presented in writing on the District's Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials form (FORM 2522-2).
The petitioner is to attach required documentation to Form 2522-2 at the time of initial submission to the Division of Learning for the petition to be acknowledged.
Per s. 1006.28 F.S., the parent or resident must proffer evidence to the School Board that:
- An instructional material does not meet the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d) if it was selected for use in a course or otherwise made available to students in the school district but was not subject to the public notice, review, comment, and hearing procedures under s. 1006.283(2)(b)8, 9, and 11.
- Any material used in a classroom, made available in a school or classroom library, or included on a reading list contains content which is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, depicts or describes sexual conduct as defined in s.847.001(19), unless such material is for a course required by s.1003.46, s.1003.42(2)(n)1.g., or s.1003.42(2)(n)3., or identified by State Board of Education rule, is not suited to the student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used.
Note: Pursuant to School Board Policy 2522, objections from a petitioner who does not complete and return Form 2522-2 shall receive no consideration.
Any material that is subject to an objection on the basis of s.847.012 or s.847.001(19) will be removed within 5 school days of receipt of the objection and remain unavailable to students of that school until the objection is resolved.
School Library and Classroom Library Materials - Limited Student Access Form
According to F.S. 1006.28, Duties of district school board, district school superintendent, and school principal regarding K-12 instructional materials, “Each district school board shall adopt and publish on its website the process for a parent to limit his or her student’s access to materials in the school or classroom library.” Parents or guardians wishing to restrict their child’s access to school library media materials or a teacher’s classroom library materials are to download and complete this form in its entirety and submit the form to the school’s principal.