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HCPSS, Parent & Community Groups Discuss Equitable and Effective Discipline Practices

Posted: March 1st, 2018

In an effort to continue community involvement and conversations around students and system policies, the Howard County Public School System, in partnership with the Community Advisory Council, PTA Council of Howard County, Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee, the Council of Elders and the NAACP of Howard County, will host several community dialogues on Student Behavior and Effective Discipline. HCPSS parents, students, staff and members of the community are invited to attend as active participants.

This is a collaborative effort to review suspensions, disciplinary actions, and expulsions from the lens of equity, inclusion and diversity. Stakeholders will review racial, socioeconomic, and other demographic data to understand disproportionality and discuss solutions in a facilitated discussion with school system leaders.

Participants will take a closer look at HCPSS policies on Students’ Rights and Responsibilities and Student Discipline, and how community partners and the school system can work together to support students. Conversations will center around nurturing students’ social-emotional learning through life skills development and collaborative dialogue to create a safe, nurturing and inclusive culture in schools.


What: Student Behavior and Effective Discipline community forum


How: Register online:

The forums on March 14 and 17 will be identical and interested community members are encouraged to pre-register for the date they plan to attend. Following the March programs, an additional event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 7-9 p.m. at Hammond High School, during which participants will discuss solutions and address additional issues raised in the first two forums.