13A.06.05.01

.01 Textbooks.

A. In this regulation, "textbook" means a text or printed supporting material for a subject matter.

B. Each local board of education shall prepare procedures for the distribution and care of books furnished to students, and shall notify all students, parents, and guardians of these procedures.

C. Each local board of education and public agency may coordinate with the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) when purchasing print instructional materials in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the Department as described in COMAR 13A.05.02.04E and .13M and in accordance with 34 CFR §300.210 and Education Article, §8-408(d), Annotated Code of Maryland.

D. Accessible Formats.

(1) If a local board of education or public agency chooses not to coordinate with NIMAC, the local board of education or public agency shall provide an assurance to the Department that blind persons or other persons with print disabilities are provided instructional materials in a timely manner.

(2) It is the responsibility of each local board of education and public agency to ensure that students with disabilities who need instructional materials that cannot be produced from NIMAC files or in accessible formats but are not included under the definition of blind persons or other persons with print disabilities in accordance with 34 CFR §300.172(e)(1)(i) receive those instructional materials in a timely manner.

E. Any dispute as to the implementation of this regulation shall be submitted to the Department's Division of Instruction and Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, for joint resolution.