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School Libraries: Replacement or Return of Library Resources

Colorado school boards have the authority to withhold a diploma, transcript, or grades of any student who fails to return or replace any library materials at the end of a semester or school year.

Colorado State Revised Statutes
22-32-110 (1) (JJ)

Board of education - specific powers

(JJ) To require the replacement of damaged textbooks or library resources or the return of loaned textbooks or library resources by withholding the diploma, transcript, or grades of any student who fails to return or replace any such textbooks or library resources at the completion of any semester or school year. The school district shall make a reasonable effort to obtain payment for lost or damaged textbooks or library resources. If the school district determines that a student is unable to pay, the school district may obtain payment through other methods, including but not limited to payment plans or service within the school in which the student is enrolled. The school district may also refuse to allow any student who completes graduation or continuation requirements to participate in any graduation or continuation ceremony if the student has failed to return or replace any such textbooks or library resources prior to the date of the graduation or continuation ceremony.

For additional information contact Gene Hainer, hainer_g@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6900.

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