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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 a Full Review and/or Development

Policies Revised But Not Yet Implemented

These policies and procedures are effective July 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Policy 3000 – Religious Observances (PDF)

  • The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy on April 10, 2018. The revisions to the policy clarify that the essential curriculum, as defined by COMAR, cannot be waived for religious purposes except as provided in Maryland law and regulation. The revised implementation procedures specifies what policies are to be followed in order to make-up work missed during an absence for the observance of a religious holiday. It also defines the exceptions when the essential curriculum can be waived for religious reasons, per COMAR.

Policy 8040 – Selection of Instructional Materials (PDF)

  • The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy and implementation procedures on January 11, 2018. The revisions require that all instructional materials including supplemental be approved using HCPSS established procedures and selection criteria and each curricular area to have a selection committee. The revised implementation procedures specify the membership of the Curriculum Area Selection Committees and the Instructional Materials Criteria Review Committee (CRC) and how they are selected. Revisions also include guidelines for teacher-selected instructional materials.

Policy 9000 – Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment (PDF)

  • The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy and implementation procedures on March 8, 2018. The revisions clarify HCPSS enrollment eligibility for students currently expelled or on an extended suspension from another school system, international exchange students, and programmatic initiative participants. The revisions also establish a directed open school designation standard. The revised implementation procedures updates student early admission requirements, JROTC procedures, and student reassignment initiated by parents processes.

Policy 9080 – Interscholastic Athletic Program (PDF)

  • The Howard County Board of Education adopted revisions to the policy and implementation procedures on May 3, 2018. The revisions to the policy include a definition and a standard for both the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Interscholastic Athletic Advisory Committee. The revised implementation procedures add non-school teams to the list of sports that are not in the HCPSS Interscholastic Athletic Program.

Public Input

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


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