Media Center Access
The purpose of the school library media center is to encourage the love of reading and to support the school community and curriculum goals through self-selected reading materials. The media specialist collaborates with families and teachers to support students in the selection of reading materials that meet their reading interests.
Media Access Levels
Parents and guardians have the right to limit their child’s access to materials in the school library. The media access level a parent/guardian selects for their student will be in effect for the student’s academic career in Volusia County Schools. The parent/guardian may request a change in access at any time by completing the form again or contacting the school media specialist.
The default access for all students is limited.
Definitions of access levels
- Limited Access: A student may access materials in the media center except for items on the parent permission required list and Young Adult (YA) titles (middle school only).
- Unlimited Access: A student has full access to the materials in Volusia County Schools libraries including access to any titles that require parent permission. This includes permission for the student to check out Young Adult (YA) titles when the student is in middle school.
- No Access: A student is not permitted access to materials in any of the Volusia County Schools libraries without parent permission.
Process for Modifying Media Access
Parents may modify their child’s access to materials in the school library by completing the Volusia County Schools Media Access or by completing a paper-based Volusia County Schools Media Access form available from the school media specialist.
School Card Catalog (Search for Book)
Library Media Center Collection Development
Each book made available to students through a school district library media center or included in a recommended or assigned school or grade-level reading list must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate, regardless of whether the book is purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students.
2. Each district school board shall adopt procedures for developing library media center collections and post the procedures on the website for each school within the district. The procedures must:
a. Require that book selections meet the criteria in s. 1006.40(3)(d).
Free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012.
Suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented.
Appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used or made available.
b. Require consultation of reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals and school community stakeholders.
c. Provide for library media center collections based on reader interest, support of state academic standards and aligned curriculum, and the academic needs of students and faculty.
d. Provide for the regular removal or discontinuance of books based on, at a minimum, physical condition, rate of recent circulation, alignment to state academic standards and relevancy to curriculum, out-of-date content, and required removal pursuant to subparagraph (a)2.
The media specialist develops a recommended list of books that meet the needs of the school per the collection development guidelines.
The media specialist provides the school media advisory committee with professional reviews of each book prior to meeting.
The school media advisory committee meets to review and approve the list. The committee must come to a consensus on approvals. If the committee is unable to come to a consensus, the principal along with the media specialist is responsible for the final decision.
Volusia County School Board Policy 320 establishes the procedures for the review of complaints concerning media materials.
PRHS Media Center Vision:
The vision of the Media Center is to be the center of collaboration, curiosity, adaptability, critical inquiry, and trans-literacy at Pine Ridge High School.
PRHS Media Center Mission:
Our mission is to empower students to be critical thinkers, effective and ethical users and producers of ideas and information, and lifelong readers and learners, in order to become successful citizens in a global society. Our students will meet these challenges while retaining a strong sense of their own culture, diversity, and heritage.
Media Center Access Information:
The Volusia County School district has a process in which parents can select their student's level of access to the school media center collection each year:
Parents can access the form to tell the district their preference using the link below. The parents' choice will be recorded in Destiny, the district's library book circulation system.
School Card Catalog (Search for Book)
Mrs. Hackey--Media Specialist
Welcome to the PRHS Media Center
The library is your center for work, exploration, research, discovery, and calm.
Enter with purpose and be where you are supposed to be.
If a student disrupts this environment, he/she will be asked to leave.
Food and drink are NOT welcome in the Media Center. Only water bottles with lids are allowed.
All are welcome here. You may check out books, work QUIETLY on assignments, get tech support for 1-to-1 devices, or get assistance from Mrs. Hackey with anything related to what the Media Center has to offer. Horseplay is prohibited. The Media Center is a place for learning. If your behavior and/or noise level interferes with the learning environment, you will be asked to leave.
Tables and chairs are placed to maximize study/reading space, minimize unnecessary noise, and provide flexible learning spaces. Sometimes we are arranged for a particular activity/testing scenario. Because of this, please ask before moving furniture.