Community Guide for Educational Materials

  • Processes for Approving Instructional Materials

    For Classrooms
    Hillsboro School District has an established process, defined in Board Policy and our Administrative Rules, for selecting materials to be used with students in our classrooms. Professional staff members work collaboratively to select instructional resources and materials with great care and judgement, focusing on the treatment of people and their viewpoints in a respectful manner. Materials are also selected to support our curriculum, be at the appropriate readability level for its intended audience, and are accessible by all students. It is understood that differences of opinion may arise regarding instructional and supplemental materials. The procedure to be followed in these situations is outlined in policy KLB: Complaints about Curriculum or Instructional Materials, and KLB-AR: Instructional Materials. It is important to note that, according to HSD policy and rules, no single individual is authorized to remove an instructional material that was selected and approved in adherence with our policies.

    For Supplemental Reading and Media Centers
    Teachers in HSD may also elect to teach students using supplementary materials, most often novels, that are outside the scope of our instructional materials adoptions. These materials must also be selected using the procedures set forth in HSD Administrative Rules. Campus media centers provide students, staff, and families access to an even wider array of materials, and our district Library Media Services staff must also adhere to Board Policy for media center materials selection. It is understood that differences of opinion may arise regarding instructional and supplemental materials. The procedure to be followed in these situations is outlined in policy KLB: Complaints about Curriculum or Instructional Materials, and KLB-AR: Instructional Materials. It is important to note that, according to HSD policy and rules, no single individual is authorized to remove supplemental or media center material that was selected and approved in adherence with our policies.

    National and Regional Reading Lists and Extra Curricular Activities
    Hillsboro School District is aware that national and regional organizations create suggested reading lists, book clubs, and literary competitions. These organizations are not associated with HSD, and we neither encourage or discourage the reading of books from these lists. The participation of student engagement with these reading lists and competitions should be a student and family based decision.

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