Library Book Reconsideration Process
The LEISD Library Book Reconsideration Process is guided by LEISD Board Policy EFB(LOCAL).
The process includes:
- An opportunity for a parent, community member, or staff member to informally address concerns with the campus.
- An opportunity for a parent, community member, or staff member to file a Formal Reconsideration Request with the district.
- A review of the book by a collection of district and community members.
- An opportunity for complainants to appeal the decision of the Formal Reconsideration Committee.
Documents & Forms
Below are links to guiding documents that outline the Library Book Reconsideration Process and copies of the Informal Challenge Form:
To begin an Informal Reconsideration Request (Step One):
- Request for Informal Reconsideration of Library Materials Form (English)
- Formulario de Solicitud de Reconsideración Informal de Materiales de la Biblioteca (Spanish)
Please submit the completed form to the campus principal.
To continue to a Formal Reconsideration (Step Two):
Copies of the "Request to Formally Reconsider Library Materials" Form will be provided by the campus administrator following an Informal Reconsideration meeting. Completed forms should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guiding Principles for Response to Reconsideration Request
The following principles shall guide the Board and staff in responding to challenges of library materials:
- A complainant may raise an objection to a library material used in the District’s library program, despite the fact that the professional staff selecting the materials were qualified to make the selection, followed the proper procedure, and adhered to the objectives and criteria for library materials set out in this policy.
- A parent’s ability to exercise control over instruction and instructional resources, including library materials, extends only to his or her own child as set forth in Education Code Chapter 26.
- Access to a challenged material shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process, except the District may deny access to a child if requested by the child’s parent.
The major criterion for the final decision on challenged library materials is the appropriateness of the material for its intended use. No challenged library material shall be removed solely because of the ideas expressed therein.