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Bay District Schools library media programs are the hub of our schools.  The primary goal of the school library media center is to implement, enrich, and support the educational program of the school.  

Bay District Schools Media Specialists maintain quality library programs by:

  • providing intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats.

  • providing instruction to foster interest in reading and using information literacy skills.

  • partnering with educators to design learning activities that meet the needs of all students.

  • Selection of Library Media Materials and Resources
    The content of school-based Library Media collections is ultimately the responsibility of the school's principal. The selection of school-based Library Media and resources rests with the school's certified media specialist. Training will be conducted annually by the Supervisor of Instructional Technology & Media Services and/or FLDOE regarding prohibition of harmful materials and best practices in the selection of LIbrary Media materials and resources per Florida Statute 1006.28. BDS Policy 8.506 outlines the criteria for the selection of Library Media Materials and Resources. Library Media Materials and Resources are selected based on the criteria outlined in Florida Statute 1006.34, including, but not limited to: The age of the students that are expected to have access to the material or resource; The educational purpose to be served by the material; Consideration of the diversity of students
  • Media Center Usage (House Bill 1069)
    The bill enhances the process for transparency and review of library and classroom materials available to students in public schools and the process for parents to limit student access to materials and make objections to materials. Any parent wishing to limit access to the school's media center or limit titles within the school's media center can complete the form below: Media Center Usage Form
  • 🆕 Process for Challenging Library Media/Instructional Materials
    Parents or residents of the county may object to the use of a specific instructional material in the classroom, made available in a school or classroom library, or included on a reading list, based on the criteria set forth in Sections 1006.28(2)(a)2. or 1014.05(1)(c), Florida Statutes. All challenges under this policy shall be addressed as follows: A. School Level—Informal Complaint Parents or residents of the county should make any such objection in writing to the principal, identifying the specific instructional material and stating the basis for the objection. The principal will review the objection and may meet with the teacher or complainant, or both, in an attempt to resolve the objection, using an alternative instructional material. The principal’s resolution may be challenged by the complainant or a teacher using the instructional material. To initiate a formal challenge, a Specific Materials Objection form shall be filed with the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Media Services. The complainant shall be given a copy of the procedures for filing an appeal. B. District Level—Formal Complaint. 1. A parent or resident shall fully complete the District’s objection form, titled a “Specific Materials Objection Form”, and shall identify the author, title and publisher of the material being objected to; the complainant’s familiarity with the material challenged; the sections challenged, by page and item; and whether the challenged material contains content that: a) is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, FS; b) depicts or describes sexual conduct as defined in s. 847.001(19)(unless such material is for a course required by ss. 1003.46, 1003.42(2)(n)1.g, 1003.42(n)3, Florida Statutes, or identified by State Board of Education rule); c) is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented; or, d) is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used. 🆕Form must be submitted in-person to the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Media Services located at 1110 W. 17th Street Panama City, FL 32405
  • ITV at Schools
    All schools have ITV with announcements and showcase of their students and events.
  • Maintaining/Updating Media Center Collections
    The certified school media specialist is responsible for periodic removal or weeding of library media materials. This weeding process is determined by a continuous review of the existing collection, both print and digital. In the weeding process, many factors are taken into consideration including, but not limited to, space constraints, relevance of material, physical condition of material, alignment to state standards, and circulation data.
  • District Media Center Services
    The District Media Center offers a variety of services to all residents of Bay County. Services include copies, Ellison die cuts, lamination, posters, and more. Schedule of Services
  • Challenged Library Materials
    Objection Submissions 2023-2024 Past Formal Objections: Challenged Library Materials
  • Viewing School Library Media Materials
    Parents and county residents can view school library collections by going to bayschools.follettdestiny.com. School library collections are searchable under the "catalog" tab. Parents and guardians can opt-out of student access to Library Media materials at any time by contacting their school media specialist.
  • Reproductive Health and Disease Education Parent Information
    UPDATE: FLDOE will be providing resources for instruction on reproductive health with the passing of House Bill 1069 The Instructional Materials for Reproductive Health and Disease Education are now required to be available for public review and approved by the board annually. Bay District School courses that use adopted instructional material related to Reproductive Health and Disease Education are listed below. These materials were adopted in 2018 and were posted online July 1- Aug 1, 2022.
  • Currently Adopted Instructional Materials
    Currently Adopted Instructional Materials In addition to adhering to FL Statute 1006, Bay District Schools adheres to School Board Policy 8.502 which details policies and procedures for adoption of instructional materials. A list of currently adopted instructional materials is available below. Bay District Schools adopted instructional materials Review Instructional Materials F.S. 1006.28 (2)(a)(2)(a,b) Each district school board must adopt a policy regarding an objection by a parent or a resident of the county to the use of a specific instructional material, which clearly describes a process to handle all objections and provides for resolution. The process must provide the parent or resident the opportunity to proffer evidence to the district school board that: a. An instructional material does not meet the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d) if it was selected for use in a course or otherwise made available to students in the school district but was not subject to the public notice, review, comment, and hearing procedures under s. 1006.283(2)(b)8., 9., and 11. b. Any material used in a classroom, made available in a school library, or included on a reading list contains content that is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used. In accordance with FL Statute 1006.28, the public is able to request to review any of the district's currently adopted materials. For questions or concerns, please contact the District Media Center at 850-767-4653. Any parent, guardian, or citizen of Bay County may request the district reconsider currently adopted instructional materials. Any parent, guardian, or citizen of Bay County who has fully read, seen, or heard the instructional material in question my contact the school to discuss concerns or questions with the school principal. Request for Reconsideration In the event of an instructional material concern, parents or guardians may request the instructional material be reconsidered following the process outlined in board policy 5.03 and below: Parent or guardian completes the Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Material Form. Upon completion of the form, parent or guardian will submit the form to the school principal. School principal convenes a school-level committee who can evaluate the educational value of the instructional material in question and make a decision. School principal will relay decision about the instructional material to parent or guardian and provide possible options if necessary. Should parent or guardian disagree with decision or options provided, the school principal will escalate the concern to the district level.
  • Public Notices: K12 Social Studies Adoption 2022-2023
    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Bay District Schools will be adopting instructional materials for K-12 social studies during the 2022-2023 school year. The public is invited to participate in the adoption process. The K-12 Social Studies Review Committee will watch a training video and participate in a virtual Q&A. Training Video Link: bit.ly/BDSSStraining Link to Join Q&A on February 7, 2023 at 2:30pm CST: bit.ly/BDSSSvirtual On February 28th, March 1st, and March 2nd, the K-12 Social Studies Review Committees will hold meetings for all interested stakeholders to preview instructional materials and resources under review for this year’s K-12 Social Studies Adoption. Dates: February 28th (elementary); March 1st (middle); March 2nd (high) Time: 8am-3pm CST Place: 1110 W. 17th Street Panama City, FL 32405 For more information call 850-767-4653 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC The School Board of Bay County, FL hereby gives notice in accordance with Florida Statute 1006.28(8)(b) of an open noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials. The K-12 Social Studies curriculum is scheduled for instructional materials adoption for the implementation for the 2023-2024 school year. A list of the K-12 Social Studies instructional materials recommended for consideration can be viewed online at the following link: bit.ly/BDSsocialstudies A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT: 1311 Balboa Avenue Panama City, FL 32401 Date: April 25, 2023 Time: 1:30pm Place: Bay District School Board Meeting Room
  • K-5 Math Recommended Instructional Material
    BDS is recommending Big Ideas Learning for K-5 Math Instructional Materials. Petition to Contest Adoption of Instructional Materials
  • BDS Instructional Aids List
    Bay District School Board Policy 8.503 defines “Instructional Aids” as instructional materials, regardless of format, which do not appear on the list of instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education but are required for use by the class as a whole as primary material to meet instructional objectives in one or more areas of the curriculum. Instructional Aids by Title 2010- Present
  • 2022-23 Instructional Material Adoptions
    Bay District Schools follows the textbook adoption process from the Florida Department of Education per Florida Statute 1006.34. Florida Department of Education Instructional Materials Bay District Schools is adopting K-5 Math and K-12 Social Studies instructional materials that are aligned to the BEST standards for math and the The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Social studies. The Instructional Materials Adoption for K-5 Math and K-12 Social Studies adheres to FL Statutes for Instructional Materials, HB 1467, Sunshine Laws, and BDS Policy 8.502. Public Review of Recommended Instructional Materials for Current Adoption Policy Upon completion of the public review period of 20 days, an open noticed school board hearing will be held to receive public comment on the selection(s) and the school board will review the recommended instructional materials. Once the selected instructional materials have been approved by the school board, the parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may contest the Board’s adoption of specific instructional materials as described in BDS Policy 8.502. The term “resident” means a person who has maintained his or her residence in this state for the preceding year, has purchased a home that is occupied by him or her as his or her residence, or has established a domicile in this state pursuant to s.222.17. The parent, or resident, must file with the Board within thirty (30) calendar days after the Board’s adoption of specific instructional material a petition on form Motion to Contest an Instructional Material Adoption Form. The petition form shall be publicly available by visiting in-person the District Media Center at 1110 W. 17th Street. The petition must be signed by the parent or resident, include the required contact information, and state the objection to the instructional material. Within thirty (30) calendar days after the thirty (30) day contest period has expired, the School Board must, for all petitions timely received, conduct at least one (1) 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 provision 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. The Board’s decision after convening a public hearing is final and not subject to further Board or District petition or review.
  • Instructional Materials Adoption Policy
    In accordance with FL Statute 1006.40 (2), Bay District Schools is committed to providing each teacher and student in kindergarten through grade 12 with a major tool of instruction in core courses of the subject areas. The cycle for the adoption of instructional materials by content is published by the FLDOE and is governed by state statute. Additional detailed information can be found on the FLDOE Instructional Materials Website. Bay District Schools is a closed district for instructional materials adoption and follows the FLDOE instructional materials adoption timeline. Bay District Schools Board Policy 8.501- 8.504 outlines the procedure of the adoption, management, and objections of instructional materials.
  • Public Notices: K-5 Math Adoption 2022-2023
    K-5 Math NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Bay District Schools will be adopting instructional materials for K-5 math during the 2022-2023 school year. The public is invited to participate in the adoption process. The K-5 Math Adoption Committee will watch a training video and participate in a virtual Q&A. Training Video Link: bit.ly/BDSmathvideo Link to Join Q&A on January 17, 2023 at 2:30 pm CST: bit.ly/BDSmathQA On February 3, 2023 the K-5 math adoption committee will hold a meeting for all interested stakeholders to preview instructional materials and resources under review for this year’s K-5 math adoption. Date: February 3, 2023 Time: 8am-3pm CST Place: 1110 W. 17th Street Panama City, FL 32405 For more information call 850-767-4653 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC The School Board of Bay County, FL hereby gives notice in accordance with Florida Statute 1006.28(8)(b) of an open noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials. The K-5 MATH curriculum is scheduled for instructional materials adoption for the implementation for the 2023-2024 school year. A list of the K-5 MATH instructional materials recommended for consideration can be viewed online at the following link: bit.ly/BDSK5math. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT: 1311 Balboa Avenue Panama City, FL 32401 Date: March 7, 2023 Time: 1:30pm Place: Bay District School Board Meeting Room
  • Home Internet (Low Cost and Free)
    Check out low cost internet options! Eligibility for this free K-12 program is based on school or students eligible for the National School Lunch Program CLICK HERE to find out how to apply!
  • Student AUP
    Coming Soon!
  • BDS Launchpad
    BDS Classlink Launchpad is the district’s Single Sign-On (SSO) hub that is used by students and staff to access digital resources including online textbooks. This eliminates the need for a user to remember multiple usernames and passwords. BDS Classlink Launchpad is the district’s Single Sign-On (SSO) hub that is used by students and staff to access digital resources including online textbooks. This eliminates the need for a user to remember multiple usernames and passwords.
  • BDS Instructional Technology YouTube Playlist
    Teachers and staff can use the BDS Instructional YouTube Playlist to watch video tutorials on topics such as GoGuardian, Canvas, Kami, and Viewsonic boards. An icon to access this YouTube channel can be found on your BDS Launchpad and a link is under your Launchpad Notifications.
  • Technology HELP
    TEACHERS AND STAFF: Teachers and staff can submit a BDS help ticket for issues related to passwords, devices, or interactive boards. A HELP icon is on the BDS Launchpad. For assistance with digital resources or technology integration, email tosa@bay.k12.fl.us STUDENTS: Students who need technology assistance should email their teacher or school media specialist.
  • Digital Citizenship
    Common Sense Media has many resources and lessons regarding Digital Citizinship and it's importance for all online users.
  • GoConnect! 1:1 Initiative
    Bay District Schools GoConnect! 1:1 Chromebook Initiative started with providing all middle school students access to a Chromebook. Even though our plan started with 1:1 devices at the middle school, Hurricane Michael and the Pandemic, has prompted us to expand this initiative to include Chromebooks in all our core classrooms. We continue to support teachers, students, and parents with digital citizenship and the 4Cs: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Before Chromebooks are checked out to students to take home, parents can read the GoConnect! FAQs and must sign the Chromebook contract. The Chromebook contract can be found under the FOCUS parent portal. We are excited that we can continue with the GoConnect! 1:1 Initiative and appreciate the support of our Superintendent and our community.
  • Secondary Student Password Reset
    Directions for Secondary Students to Reset BDS Password
  • BDS Classroom Technology
    Bay District Schools has started a phased classroom tech refresh. Technology components that are included for each classroom are: - Interactive Viewsonic Board - Document camera - Web Camera - Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - Rolling Podium - Teacher desktop PC/monitor - Teacher Chromebook - Student Chromebooks
  • Parent Portal
    Parent Portal is a complete on-line system which allows the parent access to their student’s information including, but not limited to, student schedules, grades, discipline, and attendance. PARENT PORTAL SETUP
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