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Library Media Services

Board Policy and Procedures

Guidelines for challenged materials

Our schools follow School Board policy and State Board of Education rules regarding the selection and approriateness for materials in media collections. These materials are selected by professionally trained personnel who hold Florida's Educational Media Specialist certification. We realize everyone may not agree with each selection decision since collections are developed to appeal to a wide range of ages, interests, and tastes. Therefore, in the event a Washington County concerned citizen or parent of a student enrolled in a Washington County school desires to challenge the use of a library media resource, the following process will be followed:

  • Parent, guardian or Washington County citizen completes the Request for Reconsideration of Library Media Material form found in the link below.

  • The form should be completed in its entirety and submitted to the school principal where the material is housed.

  • The school principal will convene a committee in accordance with School Board Policy 4.22 (link above). The committee will read the material in its entirety and evaluate the educational value of the material in question and make a decision.

  • The principal will notify the parent, guardian or citizen of the committee decision.

  • If the parent, guardian or citizen disagrees with the decision, an appeal may be filed with the District for district level review committee action.