Instructional Materials Adoption
PUBLIC NOTICE – Hearing on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials
In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(b), an open, noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:15 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.
The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below. Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.
Science Instructional Materials Recommendations-2017
This document may be revised throughout the review process. Please check back for updates.
During the School Board hearing on January 9, 2018, a parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may proffer evidence that a recommended instructional material does not meet the criteria provided in Florida Statute 1006.31(2), taking into consideration course expectations based on the District’s comprehensive plan for student progression under Florida Statute 1008.25(2) and course descriptions in the course code directory.
Please note the following Florida statute regarding instructional materials that pertains to input regarding adopted materials:
F.S. 1006.28 (3) Each district school board must establish a process by which the parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may contest the district school board’s adoption of a specific instructional material. The parent or resident must file a petition, on a form provided by the school board, within 30 calendar days after the adoption of the material by the school board. The school board must make the form available to the public and publish the form on the school district’s website. The form must be signed by the parent or resident, include the required contact information, and state the objection to the instructional material based on the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d). Within 30 days after the 30-day period has expired, the school board must, for all petitions timely received, conduct at least one open public hearing before an unbiased and qualified hearing officer. The hearing officer may not be an employee or agent of the school district. The hearing is not subject to the provisions of chapter 120; however, the hearing must provide sufficient procedural protections to allow each petitioner an adequate and fair opportunity to be heard and present evidence to the hearing officer.
Current parents and residents of St. Johns County may file a petition for reconsideration using the form below. Printed copies of the form are available in our office at 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, 32084.