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Library and Media Services

The Library and Media Services department supports the K-12 instructional program of the District by providing assistance related to the evaluation, acquisition, processing, and distribution of textbooks, select supplemental instructional materials, non-print materials and library books for use in the classrooms and school library media centers. The department is headed by a certificated library media teacher.

School Library Services:

All elementary, middle and comprehensive high schools have a Library Media Center. School library media centers are opening during school hours for students and staff. Parents may visit the library media center during the posted before and after-school hours. Through the library media center students and faculty have access to online academic and research databases. The card catalog is also Internet-based. Each elementary and middle school library media center is staffed by a Library Specialist, a member of the classified bargaining unit. Although not required, many hold degrees in various areas, including Library Science. They meet regularly with the district's library program specialist. Each high school is staffed by a Comprehensive Library Specialist, a classified staff member with extensive experience and training including degrees in Library Science. Library Specialists are classified staff members that serve as further support in the high school library.

Library Fees:

The district is required by law to collect money in payment for willful or negligent damage or loss of textbooks and instructional materials (California Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 9502). The parent/guardian of a student shall be liable for district property on loan to the student and not returned upon demand of a district employee authorized to make the demand (Education Code 48904). Any person who willfully retains any print or non-print library material, or other property belonging to the district, for thirty days after written notice is given upon expiration of the normal loan period, is guilty of a misdemeanor (Education Code 19911).

Library and Textbook Fines:

Library and textbook fines and current replacement costs are determined by the Superintendent or designee. Decisions about alternatives to restitution must be determined by the principal or administrative designee. Fees not paid within 60 days of notice are referred to collection under the name of the parent/guardian.

Textbook Adoption:

Textbooks and related materials for each curricular area in all grade levels are adopted on a 5 to 7-year cycle set by the California Department of Education.

For grades K-8, the Department of Education appoints two independent committees to evaluate instructional materials submitted by published. Materials are evaluated for alignment to state standards, as well as California Education Code Article 3 "Guidelines for Appropriate Content." The Department of Education must then approve the programs recommended by these two committees. Following the State recommendations, a district level textbook adoption is initiated. The district process further refines the State recommendations by identifying which one of the recommended programs best meets the needs of the Fontana Unified student population.

  • Publishers submit samples.
  • Teachers evaluate the publishers' samples based on that State Content Standards and verify compliance with social content standards.
  • Instructional materials are ranked on a scoring rubric.
  • A 30-day public display is held to allow parents and community members to view the textbooks being recommended and to provide input.
  • The recommended program is presented to the Superintendent's Cabinet.
  • Upon recommendation by the Superintendent or designee, the textbooks are presented to the district Board of Education for approval.

For grades 9-12, evaluation and approval of instructional materials is done at the local level only. The high school adoption committees follow the same procedures outlined for a K-8 adoption. For grades 9-12 the valuation process includes the validation that the Standards Map submitted by the publishers is aligned to the California State Standards for the particular grade and/or subject.

State Funding for Textbooks:

AB 1781 established the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program (IMFRP) that, starting with the 2002-03 fiscal year, took the place of three previous funding sources for instructional materials. Funds are allocated based on the district's prior year K-12 enrollment as reported by the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS).

State Board of Education regulations adopted to implement the IMFRP program are provided in this Quick Summary:

  1. Use IMFRP funds to provide each pupil with adopted standards-aligned textbooks or basic instructional materials in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and history-social science. This must be done within 24 months of any new adoptions in these subject areas.
  2. When all pupils have standards-aligned instructional materials in the four subjects listed above, the governing board certifies that this has been accomplished.
  3. The district may then use IMFRP funds to purchase other adopted materials, such as foreign language, health, and visual and performing arts.
  4. The district governing board holds its annual hearing and adopts a Resolution on Sufficiency of Instructional Materials by the end of September.
  5. After the district has met all of the above requirements, then 100 percent of any remaining annual allocation for IMFRP may be spent for other purposes as stated in Education Code Section 60242(a).

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Department Contacts:

Library and Media Services  (909) 357-5000, ext. 29090
  Claudia Mason, Coordinator
(909) 357-5000, ext. 29090
  Maria Copak, District Library Specialist
(909) 357-5000, ext. 29088

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