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District Statement on Summer reading resource content

District Statement on Summer reading resource content

Last year we provided parents, our partners, with more than just a summer reading list.  Keep Learning Alive was developed to include reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and career and technical summer activities.  In this year’s version,  we expanded our Keep Learning Alive Summer Learning and Resource Guide.  In an effort to provide a variety and abundance of reading choices for parents and students, we provided links within our summer reading resource to several national reading websites.

A concern was brought to our attention Wednesday, May 27th  about a potentially inappropriate book that was located via one of the national links. We immediately reviewed the matter and took corrective action.  The district in no way encourages the reading of these inappropriate materials. These web sites were reviewed by district staff in April prior to selection and release of the reading resource. Our website had linked to a  page that listed traditional middle school reading lists.  At some point during the last few weeks, the website changed the available books and reading lists on this page. We have contacted the site and shared the concern about inappropriate material being available in these sections. 
 
We are now only offering parents a single Florida Department of Education approved reading resource.  In this digital world, we cannot control when and how websites change their content. However, we can control how we use this content going forward and we will do that. The posted reading choice materials are provided in an effort to help our students continue their reading throughout the summer.  We regret any difficulty that the link may have caused. Education is a partnership between the school district, parents, students, and community members.  This is a time when this partnership worked to the benefit of our students.