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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. Development and revision of policies follow Policy 2020 Policy Development and Adoption.

The policies are assigned by category series as follows:

Alphabetical Index to Policies(PDF)

Numerical Index to Policies (PDF)

Highlights of changes to policies and procedures (PDF)

Policies Under Consideration

2016-17

2017-18

Policies Revised But Not Yet Implemented

These policies and procedures are effective July 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted.

Policy 1050 – Tobacco-Free Environment (PDF)

The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy and implementation procedures on April 6, 2017. The revisions to the policy specify criteria for maintaining a tobacco-free, smoke-free, and nicotine-free environment which supports cessation efforts. The revised implementation procedures specify how notification of this policy will be communicated and clarify the consequences for students, employees, and other individuals violating the policy.

Policy 2010 – Student Representation (PDF)

The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 2010 Student Representation on January 12, 2017. The revisions to the policy include that Student Representatives will be from each high school and middle school in the HCPSS. The revision adds that all secondary principals are responsible for following the HCPSS standardized procedures for elections to both the nominating convention and the Student Member of the Board of Education. The revised implementation procedures delineate the procedures for how a student can apply to be the Student Member of the Board of Education. The revisions specify the process of how the two candidates and two identified alternates will be selected to run for the position of Student Member of the Board of Education.

Policy 2060 – Advisory Committees to the Board of Education (PDF)

The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to Policy 2060 Advisory Committees to the Board of Education on January 12, 2017. The revisions include that the Board will designate a Board member to serve as a liaison to CAC. Additionally, the Cultural Proficiency and Equity Advisory Committee (CPEAC) and the Special Education Committee Advisory Council (SECAC) were added to the list of groups invited to participate on advisory committees. This policy has no implementation procedures.

Policy 8200 – Digital Education (New) (PDF)

The Howard County Board of Education adopted new Policy 8200 Digital Education on January 12, 2017. The purpose of this policy is to specify criteria for the HCPSS for digital education courses which will provide students equitable access to instructional resources and utilize technology to individualize learning. The policy provides expectations for course design and implementation, student eligibility and participation, and grading and reporting. The implementation procedures specify how course availability can be accessed and provides requirements for student enrollment, attendance, and participation. Clarification is included on how a student will be graded and how grades will be reported.

9100 Educational Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Students (PDF)

The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy and implementation procedures on January 12, 2017. The revisions to the policy distinguish the requirements between a pregnant student who is over the compulsory school age and a pregnant student who is younger than compulsory school age. The implementation procedures were revised to align student rights with The Annotated Code of Maryland, Health-General Article, section 20-102. The revisions specify school counselors will inform students of all possible alternative pathways to graduation.

Policy 9240 – Student Use and Possession of Tobacco Products

The Howard County Board of Education rescinded the policy and implementation procedures on April 6, 2017. The protocols for Student Use and Possession of Tobacco Products have been incorporated in to Policy 1050 Tobacco-Free Environment.

Public Input

During the development or revision period, comments and suggestions for changes to the policies under review can be submitted via email to policy@hcpss.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 boe@hcpss.org 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.

Contact

For more information, contact policy@hcpss.org.