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BP 6161.2


Damaged Or Lost Instructional Materials


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that instructional materials are an expensive resource and that each student is entitled to sufficient instructional materials in accordance with law.  Instructional materials provided for use by students remain the property of the San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE).  Students are responsible for returning borrowed materials in good condition, with no more wear and tear than usually results from normal use.


(cf. 1311.1 – Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.5 – Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 6161.1 – Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)


When materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material.  However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials.  When materials are damaged but still usable, the Superintendent or designee shall determine an appropriate charge.


If it can be demonstrated to the Superintendent or designee’s satisfaction that the student has taken all reasonable precautions to safeguard instructional materials issued to him/her, the Superintendent or designee may excuse the student or parent/guardian from payment of reparation.


If reparation is not excused and not paid by the student or parent/guardian, the SBCOE may withhold the student’s grades, diploma and transcripts in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.



Legal Reference:


48904  Willful misconduct; limit of liability of parent or guardian

48904.3  Withholding grades, diplomas or transcripts of students causing property damage or injury

60119 Public hearing on sufficiency of materials

60411  Purchase and use; property of district


1714.1 Liability of parent or guardian for act of willful misconduct by a minor


305  Student responsible for care of property


Policy Adopted: 2-8-18