Lake Nona Middle School Media Center

Student Expectations and Policies

The Media Center Staff is here to assist you so that you have a positive, productive session each time you visit us. If you are having difficulty navigating Destiny, locating materials or searching for reliable and relevant Internet resources for your project, please ask for help; that’s why we’re here.We will give you the tools you need to be successfulJ!

 Media Center Visitation

  • The Media Center is open before school starting at 9:00 AM
  • The Media Center is also open after school until 4:15 except for Wednesdays and the first Thursday of each month.
  • Students may check out or return books during the school day with a pass from their teacher or with a pass from an administrator during lunch. (10/10 rule applies: no passes are given during the first or last 10 minutes of the period)
  • Students visiting without their class MUST present their pass and student ID directly upon entering the Media Center and then sign in to our Guest Book which is located on the table near the windows just before the Circulation Desk.
  • Language Arts classes are scheduled to check books out a minimum of once per month. 

Student Visits

  • Students visiting the Media Center without your class you MUST have a pass. Students need to show their ID/Badge and pass to a staff member, volunteer or student assistant at the Circulation Desk immediately upon entering the Media Center and then sign in our Guest Book which is located on a table near the windows just before the Circulation Desk.
  • Administrators on duty by the main staircase will give out passes before school.
  • Administrators on duty will give out passes during lunch periods.
  • Students who wish to visit the Media Center after school need to report to the cafeteria, sit at the table closest to the stage and the media specialist will pick you up after dismissal is over.
  • Students who make poor choices will be sent back to class and notification of the behavior will be sent to the teacher and/or Dean via e-mail or phone call.
  • If a student is sent to use the computer, the pass must indicate the purpose for using the computer and the website/s that may be accessed.

Student Expectations

  • Enter and exit calmly and quietly through the designated double doors at the front of the Media Center. The back door is only an Emergency Exit.
  • Return books by placing them into the Book Drop located in the Circulation Desk.
  • Students must follow the OCPS Code of Conduct and Internet Policies at all times.
  • Always WALK; running or goofing around is inappropriate, dangerous and will NOT be tolerated.
  • POSITIVE BEHAVIOR IS ALWAYS EXPECTED. Respect other patrons, materials and technology while visiting the Media Center.
  • Cell phones, MP3 players, hand-held video games and any other electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight. They may not be used in the media center at any time.
  • Students visiting the Media Center are here to check books out, read, work on assignments, study for tests, or work on the computers.
  • Eating or drinking (including candy and gum) is NOT permitted in the Media Center.
  • Any books used or taken off the shelves while in the Media Center need to be turned in to the Book Drop at the Circulation Desk or place on any of the Book Carts around the Media Center that are designated as “BOOK RETURN” carts.
  • Any newspapers or periodicals (magazines) used while visiting the Media Center should be returned to their designated location.
  • Come prepared by bringing paper, pencil and assignment.
  • One person per chair. All chairs must be pushed under the table or computer kiosk before leaving.
  • The area where you were working or reading should be cleaned up before leaving the Media Center.
  • Pay attention to the clock/time. Late passes will NOT be given out just because you lost track of time.

Consequences for not Adhering to Expectations:

1. Verbal Warning and Teacher notified via phone or e-mail

2. 1 week loss of privilege from visiting the Media Center

3. Parent Contact

4. Referral

5. Detention

 Student Checkout Policies

  • Students must have their LNMS Student ID/Badge in order to check out a library book or use the computer stations. When you come into the Media Center without your class show your pass and sign in to our Guest Book which is located on a table near the windows before you get to our Circulation Desk.
  • All library books are checked out through Destiny, the OCPS Management System. Destiny keeps track of all materials and obligations from any Orange County Public School that you have attended.
  • Students may check out two books at a time provided they have any overdue materials or excessive outstanding obligations/fines.
  • Library Books may be checked out for two weeks.
  • Once you have located the book/s you are interested in bring them to the Circulation Desk and give your LNMS ID/Badge and books to the staff member, volunteer or student assistant at the desk. Your items will be scanned, a due date card will be placed in the back of each book as a reminder of when the book is due and an important part of our inventory system. The books will then be returned to you. Never leave your library books unattended. Please remember that if you lend your books to a classmate/friend and they damage or lose it you are responsible for the cost since it was checked out to you.
  • It is a student’s responsibility to report damages to the Media Center staff BEFORE checking out materials.
  • Students may log on to Destiny from any device with Internet Service using their student number and 8 digit birthday. This will allow you to see what items you currently have checked out, when they are due, if they are overdue as well as if you have any obligations (fines). Destiny can be reached through the LNMS website, from a shortcut on the desktops of school computers or by using the FREE Destiny Quest App on your IOS or Android devices.
  • A $0.05 per school day fine accrues on each overdue library book until the book/s have been returned. Excessive fines need to be taken care of in order to continue with regular checkout. If necessary, a payment plan can be worked out; have your parent or guardian contact the media specialist.
  • Damage to library books must be reported immediately and fines will be assessed based on the severity of the damage. Book damaged beyond repair or those that have been lost will be assessed the full amount of the item.

Student Book Requests/Renewals

  • If a student wants a book that is currently checked out, they may request a hold for that title at the circulation desk or directly through their account on Destiny. Once the book has been turned in, and as long as the student doesn’t have any outstanding obligations, it will be checked out to the student who placed the hold and will be delivered to them.
  • Students who do not finish a book within the allotted two weeks may bring it in to the media center to renew it once for an additional two weeks as long as it isn't on hold for another student and as long as they don’t have any outstanding obligations.

Student Fines

  • Late library books will accrue a fine of $0.05 per day. Return overdue books promptly to avoid further fines.
  • Students with obligations may only check out 1 book at a time until the fine is paid. If excissive obligations are due the media center staff has the right not to check out any items to a student.
  • If a book is lost, the student must pay the publisher’s purchasing price.
  • In the event the book is found, the student has 90 days from the time of payment or prior to June 14 (whichever comes first) to request a refund.
  • The Student must have their original white copy of the receipt in order to receive a refund.
  • If a book is damaged beyond repair, the student must pay the publisher's purchase price.
  • All fines/obligations must be settled before the end of the school year in order to receive report cards and schedules for the following school year.

Student ID Badge

Students who lose or misplace their ID cards MUST replace them since they MUST have them on campus each day. Their original one is issued for FREE. They should use last year’s ID Badge until the new ones have been created. Students may NOT come between classes to get a new ID. However, they may come before school, during lunch, after school or with a pass from their teacher after they have finished their classwork for the day. Replacement cost is $5.00 per loss.

Destiny: OPAC (Online Patron Access Catalog)

  • Destiny can be accessed from any electronic device that has Internet Service by visiting and then locating and clicking on Lake Nona Middle School.
  • A FREE Destiny Quest App is available for both IOS and Android devices.
  • The Home Page has messages about what is going on in the Media Center, as well as a wealth of online resources to help you out in a variety of ways.
  • The Catalog tab enables you to find materials. You may search by title, author, subject, keyword or series. You do not need permission to use Destiny in the Media Center.
  • The “MY Info” tab shows you what materials you currently have checked out from LNMS, as well as any materials you owe to other OCPS schools. It also shows you if you have any overdue materials or if you owe any fines.
  • Sign in to Destiny using your student number and 8 digit birthday (YYYYMMDD).


Student Computer Use

 We have a separate sign in book for computer use. Please see the media specialist and you will be assigned a computer. We will hold your ID badge until you are finished for the period. Please remember to pick it up on the way out.

  • Media Center computers may be used for school-related work. This may include classwork, homework, school assignment related research for projects, typing school projects and using Destiny: our online catalog.
  • The Internet is for research purposes that relate to classroom projects/assignments.
  • You are expected to search our Online Databases and Online Encyclopedias to locate information first. If you are unsuccessful you may try other resources using Google Advanced Search. We will learn more about this during your Media lessons.
  • All work needs to be saved on a personal flash drive/USB/external drive or the school server in the document folder under your student number; NOT in the document folder on the desktop of the computer or Netbook. If you need help locating this on the C drive ask for help.
  • Students may only use a personal flash drive to save or work on school-related research assignments or homework.
  • Students may NOT download games from the flash drives onto school computers at any time.
  • School computers are NOT to be used to play games of any sort or to “surf the net”.
  • Students using the Internet for any other reason will lose computer privileges in the Media Center.
  • In order to monitor the Internet in the Media center, students are required to have a Media Center Pass that indicates the use of the Internet from their teacher identifying their research topic. So if you plan on coming in before school, during lunch or after school as your teacher to fill out a pass with the topic or websites they need you to visit for your research project.
  • All students must have an Acceptable Use Policy for Internet Access form signed by their parents or guardians to use the school computers.
  • Students should always log off before leaving their computer station, push in their chair and make sure they have all of their belongings.
  • Students are responsible for keeping track of the time so they are not late to their next class.

Student Printing

  • Printing is allowed only after the final product has been received by someone on the Media Center Staff.
  • Each black and white print page costs 10 cents.
  • When printing a picture that is a full page black and white image the cost is 25 cents.
  • Each color print page costs 75 cents.
  • When printing a picture that is a full page color image the cost is $1.00.

Student Obligation/ Overdue Notices

  • At least once per grading period notices will be sent out electronically to teachers. Teachers then either remind students verbally or print out the notices to give to the students. Students should take care of the obligations ASAP so that fines do NOT continue to accrue.
  • With the cost of paper and ink being so high we will NOT print out overdue letters for each student except when report cards are sent home. Between the notice given to them by their teachers, and the access that each student already has to their account through Destiny, there is NO reason for anyone to not be properly informed.
  • Parents, it is suggested that just like you check Progress Book on a regular basis, you should also have your child check their Destiny Account at least every 2 weeks. This will not only show you if they have outstanding obligations, but it will also show you if they have been checking out and hopefully reading new books throughout the school year.
  • In order to transfer schools, pick up report cards/FCAT scores at the end of the year and pick up schedules at the beginning of the school year obligations need to be taken care of. Items will be held in the office until this has been taken care of. Obligations from other OCPS schools are noted in Destiny and will follow students all through high school unless they are taken care of.
  • Unpaid fines may result in a loss of extracurricular activities.

Student Textbook Policies

  • All textbooks are checked out through Destiny, the OCPS Management System, for the entire school year.
  • Textbooks are issued to all students.
  • It is strongly suggested that students write their names with ink on the inside front cover of the textbook in the space provided. Students can also logon to Destiny with their student number and 8 digit birthday to check the barcodes of their textbooks. This is located under the Student Info tab.
  • Students are responsible for returning the textbooks that were checked out to them through Destiny when they arrived at Lake Nona Middle School. Therefore, students SHOULD NOT leave textbooks unattended at any time. They should also NOT be removing books from the classroom.
  • Classes will be scheduled to visit the Media Center during the last week of May or first week of June so that students could personally return their textbooks. Each textbook will be scanned as it is returned to the Media Center. If students transfer before this time they are required to return books to the Media Center prior to receiving transfer documentation for their new school.
  • The severity of the damage to textbooks will determine the fine. $1.00 will be assessed for damaged/missing barcodes. All damage should be reported immediately. Students who have misplaced a textbook should report to the media center to see if it has been turned in; if it hasn’t, the student is responsible for the cost of the book. Barcodes need to be recognizable at the time of return. If NO BARCODE IS VISIBLE, the student will be assessed the replacement value of the textbook.

According to Florida Statue 1006.42:

Responsibility of students and parents for instructional materials

“(1) All instructional materials purchased under the provisions of this part are the property of the district school board. When distributed to the students, these instructional materials are on loan to the students while they are pursuing their courses of study and are to be returned at the direction of the school principal or the teacher in charge. Each parent of a student to whom or for whom instructional materials have been issued, is liable for any loss or destruction of, or unnecessary damage to, the instructional materials or for failure of the student to return the instructional materials when directed by the school principal or the teacher in charge, and shall pay for such loss, destruction, or unnecessary damage as provided by law.”

Policies are subject to change, so please review frequently