Material Challenges

  • The school library media program in Rockwood offers voluntary access to a wide variety of materials because we serve families and students with diverse perspectives. 

    Rockwood encourages parents to talk with their children about what they choose to read and why and to actively work with their child’s school to express what materials may or may not be appropriate for their individual child. We are committed to partnering with parents to ensure all students have a wide variety of reading materials that are both engaging and appropriate.

    At any time, parents may contact their child's librarian to discuss specific books or categories of books that they would prefer their child not check out. The librarian will then include a note in the student's Destiny account so the student is not permitted to check out certain materials based on the parent’s input.

    Rockwood has a formal process for challenging learning materials in our classrooms and libraries: Regulation 6241. That process begins with the parent contacting their child's teacher (or librarian) to determine whether the book is available in the library and what access students have to the material. If the parent feels the issue has not been resolved with the librarian, the parent would then contact the building principal to discuss their concerns. If the issue is not resolved with the principal, the principal will provide the parent with the Challenge Materials Form to begin the process of convening a committee to complete the formal challenge process.

    The following are materials that have been challenged in Rockwood during the 2021-2022 school year and the results of those challenges:

    1. 8th Grade Critical Literacy Lessons from Spring 2021  Committee Report 
    2. Teacher Materials or Any Lessons Devised from Teachers’ College Reading & Writing Project  Committee Report
    3. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas  Committee Report
    4. Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton; Committee Report
    5. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe  Committee Report
    6. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson  Committee Report
    7. The Haters by Jesse Andrews, Michael Crouch, et al.  Committee Report
    8. Crank by Ellen Hopkins  Committee Report
    9. Looking for Alaska by John Green; Committee Report
    10. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki  Committee Report
    11. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis  Committee Report
    12. The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson  Committee Report
    13. It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn  Committee Report
    14. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott  Committee Report 
    15. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison  Committee Report 

    These challenged materials were appealed to the Board of Education after the Challenged Materials Committee Report was formally submitted. 

    1. Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton Appeal Report
    2. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe Appeal Report
    3. All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson  Appeal Report
    4. The Haters by Jesse Andrews  Appeal Report
    5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins Appeal Report
    6. Looking for Alaska by John Green Appeal Report
    7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki  Appeal Report