Update: LCPS Offers Parents Options in Selection of Reading Materials
At the May 11 meeting of the Loudoun County School Board, several speakers criticized optional reading selections being offered in the school division’s high schools.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) reminds parents that if they feel a book is not appropriate for their student, they may request an alternate text be assigned. (When a reading assignment is optional, there are several selections available.) There will be no academic penalty for a student should they request an alternate text to fulfil an assignment.
LCPS recognizes that its students and families come with a host of varying life experiences, values and sensitivities. The school division also understands that secondary textbooks, both classic and contemporary, curricular and self-selected, may have sensitive content and therefore offers options for students and families.
For these reasons, LCPS has a deliberate set of School Board adopted policies and procedures to ensure instructional materials meet the interests and needs of our community.
Update May 18, 2021. A division level review of the optional high school-level books, Monday's Not Coming and #MurderTrending, has been initiated. The reviewing committee will make a recommendation to the superintendent when the process is complete.
Read about current information on selection methods for supplemental, optional reading books for middle schools in the updated FAQs.