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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-61


Instructional Materials/Selection

Print and media/digital materials to be used in the classrooms shall be selected in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Copyright date and price
  2. The licensed staff, representing the various age groups of students and the disciplines in the curriculum, shall have a primary voice in the selection process.
  3. Instructional materials shall be selected for the enlightenment and interest of all students. A book, publication, or media/digital resource shall not be excluded solely for reasons of the race, nationality or political or religious views of the writer.
  4. Materials selected should be balanced to present many points of view concerning problems and issues on local, state, national and international levels and should have contemporary significance or permanent value.
  5. The factual accuracy, authoritativeness, balance and integrity of the material shall be considered along with the presentation of both the material and ideas therein, including appropriateness of the medium.
  6. Ease of access and readability for students shall be considered, as well as alignment to the curriculum.

Editor's Notes

For animal care see School Board Regulation 6-40.1. For library media centers see School Board Policy 6-65.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-238, as amended, Approval of textbooks and appliances.

Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:7, as amended, Standard 7. School board policies.

Virginia Board of Education 8 VAC 20-770., as amended. Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions.

Adopted by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006
Amended by School Board: April 18, 2017