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The Richland Parish School Board encourages teachers to discuss their instructional supply needs with their librarian, principal, or principal's designee.  An appropriate list of supplemental material based on quality, reputation and significance of author, readability and appeal, format and price shall be selected in accordance with the following:


  1. Library media shall be selected for values of interest and enrichment of all the school community.  Library media shall not be excluded because of the race, nationality or the social, political or religious views of the authors.

  2. Library media centers shall make available the fullest practical selection of media which presents various points of view concerning problems and issues of the times.

  3. The selection of materials shall provide support for the curriculum, taking into consideration the indivi­dual's needs and the varied interests, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and maturity levels of the students served.

  4. Acquisition of materials shall be guided by the reading, examination, and checking of standard evalu­ation aids such as standard catalogs and media review digests.  Recommendations from librarians, teachers, principals, students, and other members of the school community shall be given full consideration.

  5. Any censorship of media shall be challenged in order to maintain the school's responsibility to provide information and enrichment.  The School Board is legally responsible for all matters relating to the operation of the library media cen­ters.  It is therefore advisable that each board adopt a written statement of procedures for meeting the challenge of censorship.




The primary objective in using audio/visual materials is to implement, enrich, and support the instructional program of the school.  All such material should be shown with a purpose and relate specifically to stated goals and objectives of a given lesson.


The Board recognizes that the teachers have the primary responsibility for the selection and use of audio/visual materials in the classroom.  In exercising responsible judgment and selecting appropriate materials for use from among the array of such materials available, teachers should assure that the materials appropriately implement or enrich the course of study and relate to the stated objectives of the lesson and that the content appropriate to the age level of the students.


All audio-visual material shall be previewed by the teacher before use with students.  This includes any audio-visual material brought in from outside sources (or presenters) for presentation to students.  Use of any audio-visual materials shall be documented in lesson plans, including title and type of audio-visual, and must directly relate to objectives of the lesson.


No member of any school staff shall use the VCR and/or TV for his/her own recreation during the school day.  Use of the VCR and/or TV shall be limited to classrooms, libraries, and auditoriums (or large meeting areas) and only in compliance with this policy.


The implementation of this policy shall be monitored by the building principal.  Violation of this policy shall result in a disciplinary hearing including the employee and principal and/or Superintendent.




Citizens shall have the right to question media materials used in the Richland Parish Public School System.  If a citizen has a complaint, he/she must report it to the principal of the school where the material is in question.  The complainant shall file his/her objections in writing with the principal, who shall submit the complaint to the media committee.  The media committee shall assess the complaint and report its findings to the Superintendent for final resolution.


Richland Parish School Board