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Procedure for handling Lost Library Books

Phyllis Jackson - Midway Middle School Library

Library Procedures for handling a lost book:

  1. Students who lose a book who are not enrolled in my class.

               Students are reminded that their book is overdue and are given two days to find the book before silent lunch starts.  I have 5 "work (T,W,Th) days" (over a week and a half calendar school days) built in to the circulation calendar before books show up as overdue. 

Possible Outcomes:

  • Student either returns the book and pay fine before silent lunch starts
  • Student serve one or two silent lunches and finds book and pay fine
  • Student tells me the book is lost and either pays for the book or I contact a parent and make arrangements for student to accept the responsibility of losing the book and make arrangements with the parent that are agreeable to both parties about making restitution for the lost book. Many times depending on my conversation with the parent I agree to have the student work with me during healthy living and before school as a large part of the restitution.  Silent lunch ceases after an arrangement is made. 
  • Parent refuses to allow student to accept responsibility for lost book. Silent lunch ceases and student looses all library privileges and all grade and school incentives for being responsible.  Student's name is submitted at the end of the year for having a financial obligation to the school.

 

  1. Students who lose or misplace a book while enrolled in my Information Literacy class

               Students who are enrolled in my class check out an academic choice book  every week depending on the school schedule.  They are expected to bring this book to class everyday and complete assignments in class using this book.   If a student is not prepared for my class (forgets his/her book), I mark it on my clipboard as not being prepared for class.  If they forget it a second time, etc., they serve a silent lunch for not being prepared for my class.

 

Possible Outcomes:

 

  • Student spends visitation time with non-custodial parent and leaves book at his/her house and will not return to non-custodial parent's house for one or  two weeks.  Student is asked to have custodial parent write note about situation and when student is expected to see non-custodial parent.  Silent lunch ceases until students sees non-custodial parent and starts bringing book to class.  At no time is a student academically penalized for not being prepared for class. 

 

  • When a student tells me they have lost the book, I give them the price of the book and tell them to make arrangements to pay for the book. In many situations I contact the parent if I feel that it is necessary and work with the parent regarding student responsibility and restitution for the book.   I make arrangement with the parent that are agreeable to both parties regarding the lost book situation. Many times depending on my conversation with the parent I agree to have the student work with me during healthy living and before school as a large part of the restitution.  Silent lunch ceases after the book is paid or an arrangement is made with a parent.  At no time is a student academically penalized for not being prepared for class. 
  • Parent refuses to allow student to accept responsibility for lost book. Since student is not prepared  for my class , and I must supply them with a book that I have to keep track of in the library, his/her consequence is silent lunch for every day that he/she is not prepared for my class.  Silent lunch ceases after the end of the nine weeks.  Also, student loses all library privileges and all grade and school incentives  for being responsible.  Student's name is submitted at the end of the year for having a financial obligation to the school.  This is the only fair way to handle the situation for the other students in the class who follow the school rules of being responsible, ready, and  respectful and bring their library book to class every day.  At no time is a student academically penalized for not being prepared for class.