Engage. Inspire. Empower.

2023-24 Parent Choice Regarding Supplemental Materials

We are FUELING UP for the 2023-24 school year and would like to thank each of you
for your support in making our start one of the best to date! We truly value our
partnership, and as such, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that you
have choices in your child’s education.

Catawba County Schools is committed to empowering parents and guardians to
make decisions about curriculum resources used in the classroom. Per CCS Board
Policy, 3.6100, parents have the right to inspect all instructional and supplementary
materials used in connection with any applicable federally funded program. Parents
also may review all other instructional materials following procedures provided by
the school or superintendent.

We trust our teachers to keep you informed of upcoming classroom activities and
deliver engaging lessons with grade-level appropriate supplemental materials. If
you are uncomfortable with the activities or supplemental resources, please reach
out to your classroom teacher first. We often can provide a different supplemental
activity to meet your child’s needs. Other classroom adaptations may need to take
place to support the request. Students do not, however, have an option to opt out
of state-mandated assessments.

Finally, you, as the parent/guardian, may choose which books your child can access
in the school library. We want to remind our families that you have the ability to
search Follett Destiny, our digital media catalog, through your school’s website, and
you may choose to “flag” particular book titles to ensure that your child does not
have access to any materials that you find objectionable. If you have questions
about this process, please contact your school media coordinator.

You may find our Follett Destiny Library HERE and our current list of Challenged
Media Resources HERE, which are available on our district website under “Parents &
We are fortunate to have a diverse population of students in our schools. Our goal
is to support our students and parents and balance the workload for our teachers.
We have not changed any of these instructional procedures this year, but we did
want to ensure that all parents are informed. Our teachers will continue to teach
the standard course of study, using supplemental materials that are grade-level
appropriate, and that inspire our students.
Thank you as always for partnering with us to support your child’s education.

Matthew W. Stover, Ed.D.