Littleton Public Schools places a high value on providing students with a rigorous educational experience. School Board policy states that it is appropriate for schools to offer opportunities for students to address controversial topics in an intellectual manner. Therefore, as students mature, so does the content that they study in schools.
Core and supplemental materials designated for instructional use must be approved by the Board of Education. A district Literature Approval Committee, comprised of teachers, administrators, and community members, receives literature recommendations from teachers. The committee reviews literature for its alignment to district curriculum, as well as for the maturity level of the students for whom the content is intended. The approval committee then decides which books to forward to the Board of Education for approval.
The district also places a high value on maintaining strong partnerships with parents in monitoring challenging instructional materials. Board policy states that parents will be informed of material that may reasonably be considered controversial. Information to parents should be sufficient to raise their attention to possible controversial material.
In addition, the LPS Opt-In/Opt-Out procedures supports the parent option to request that an alternative material be selected. An effective partnership is established when teachers communicate information about challenging instructional materials and parents actively monitor the books that their children are reading.
LPS teachers will provide information about instructional materials to all parents. Websites such as bookreporter.com and sparknotes.com offer brief summaries of literature for parents to review. Parents are expected to take an active role by monitoring the literature read by their student for classes and communicating questions or concerns to the classroom teacher. Through shared responsibility, LPS students benefit from learning in a setting that values both parent choice and the use of a variety of challenging instructional materials.
Board policies related to use of instructional materials include: IJK, IJK-R, IMA, IMA-R, and INB.