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:

Alphabetical Index to Policies(PDF)

Numerical Index to Policies (PDF)

Highlights of changes to policies and procedures (PDF)

Revised But Not Yet Implemented

These policies and procedures are effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

Policy 2040 – Public Participation in Meetings of the Board

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.

Policy 4090 – Debt Management

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.

Policy 8030 – Graduation Requirements

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.

Policy 9030 – School-Sponsored Publications and Productions

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.

Policy 9060 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Compliance: Section 504

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.

Policy 10010 – Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements

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.

Policy 10040 – Charter Schools

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.

Under Consideration

2015-16

2016-17

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.