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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  BP  6161.11  Instruction

Supplementary Instructional Materials   

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The Governing Board encourages teachers to use supplementary instructional materials which are relevant to curriculum objectives and compatible with district goals and objectives. By using such materials, teachers can introduce content and instructional strategies that enrich the curriculum, enhance learning, help students make critical judgments, and stimulate their intellectual growth.

Teachers shall carefully preview all supplementary instructional materials in order to ensure that, in their professional judgment, the materials are:

1. Directly related to the course of study in which they are being used

2. Appropriate for students' ages and maturity levels

Supplementary instructional materials must also be consistent with criteria developed for the selection and evaluation of other instructional materials. If the teacher believes that the materials may be in conflict with district criteria, the teacher shall confer with the principal or designee before using them.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

When using supplementary materials, teachers shall provide appropriate introductory and follow-up activities. In addition, teachers shall ensure that supplementary materials do not supplant the use of basic texts or teaching activities.

All materials must be used within legal copyright limits.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Digital Media

When a teacher desires to show digital media that has not been approved by the district or county for use in the grade level taught, the teacher shall preview the film to determine whether in his/her professional judgment it is consistent with district criteria for the selection of instructional materials. All digital media must be appropriate for the curriculum and the students' ages.

Recording from subscription television (e.g., HBO, Disney Channel, etc.) may not be used except by written authorization of the copyright holder.

Movie recordings of DVDs, not necessarily related to the curriculum, may be shown on a limited basis in order to encourage or reward good citizenship and positive behavior. Rated films can be used with elementary-aged students if they have a "G" rating. Films with a PG rating may also be shown with principal approval and as long as parents/guardians are provided a basis for the rating and an opportunity to have their child exempted from viewing the film.

Middle schools may use PG-rated films, as long as parents/guardians are provided a basis for the rating and an opportunity to have their child exempted from viewing the film. Films with ratings other than G or PG must be discussed with the principal.

Educational software shall be carefully selected and evaluated so as to meet the teachers' and students' needs and conform to district policy and regulations. All software use shall be approved by the principal.

If the teacher has any questions about how established district criteria apply to the digital media, he/she shall confer with the principal or designee before showing the film.

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

Legal Reference:


233.5 Duty re instruction in morals, manners and citizenship

18111 Exclusion of books by governing board

51510 Prohibited study or supplemental materials

51511 Religious matters properly included

51933 Sex education materials

60010 Definitions


McCarthy v. Fletcher, (1989) 207 Cal. App. 3d 130


adopted: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California

revised: August 9, 2018