Policies and Procedures
The Board of Education sets local education policy consistent with state and federal laws governing public education. At the direction of the Board, the Superintendent and the school system administrative staff develop policies and administrative procedures to support policy decisions:
- 1000 Series: Foundations And Basic Commitments
- 2000 Series: School Board Governance and Operations
- 3000 Series: General School Administration
- 4000 Series: Fiscal Management
- 5000 Series: Support Services
- 6000 Series: Facilities Planning And Development
- 7000 Series: Human Resources
- 8000 Series: Instruction
- 9000 Series: Students
- 10000 Series: School and Community Involvement
These policies and procedures are effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 2040 Public Participation in Meetings of the Board on March 10, 2016. Revisions provide protocols for public registration for speaking during public forum and public hearing and also specify that testimony documents and comment documents are part of the public record maintained by the Board Office.
Policy 3050 – Records Management
The Howard County Board of Education adopted the new policy and its implementation procedures on October 4, 2011. This policy establishes procedures for the management of HCPSS records and states HCPSS is responsible for maintaining records retention and disposition schedules for various types of documents. Implementation of this policy will be forthcoming.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 4090 Debt Management on February 11, 2016. The revisions align with the Howard County Public School System current practices and clarify that this policy pertains to lease obligations.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 8030 Graduation Requirements on May 12, 2016. The revisions update state assessment requirements and graduation requirements.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 9030 School-Sponsored Publications and Productions on March 10, 2016. The revisions include a change of the policy title from “Student Publications and Productions” to “School-Sponsored Publications and Productions.” The revisions specify how publications and communications are disseminated and approved.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 9060 – Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Compliance: Section 504 on April 14, 2016. The revisions clarify the criteria used to determine a student’s eligibility to receive accommodations and reasonable modifications under Section 504 and updates language regarding parent and student’s rights.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 10010 Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements on March 10, 2016. The revisions clarify how students and community organizations may distribute information and materials electronically or in hard copy through the designated HCPSS channels.
The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 10040 Charter Schools on April 14, 2016. The revisions specify that the Board of Education of Howard County is the only entity authorized to grant charters for public charter schools in Howard County and aligns the policy with state law.
- Policy 1020 – Sexual Discrimination
- Policy 3040 – Technology Security
- Policy 8080 – Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media
- Policy 1050 – Tobacco-Free Environment
- Policy 1060 – Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation
- Policy 2010 – Student Representation
- Policy 2060 – Advisory Committees to the Board of Education
- Policy 3060 – Data Privacy (New)
- Policy 6010 – School Attendance Areas
- Policy 8010 – Grading and Reporting: Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 8
- Policy 8200 – Digital Education (New)
- Policy 9100 – Educational Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Students
- Policy 9240 – Student Use and Possession of Tobacco Products
- Policy 9400 – Special Education (New)
During the development or revision period, comments and suggestions for changes to the policies under review can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be shared with the applicable committee chairs prior to the presentation of the proposed policy report to the Board of Education.
After presentation of the proposed policy to the Board of Education, the public are invited to submit written testimony at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at which the Board is scheduled to take action by email to email@example.com or by letter to the Board of Education Office. The public may also testify in person at the public hearing. Equal consideration is given to written and oral testimony.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.