Handbook – Family Involvement
HCPSS welcomes parents/guardians to visit our schools. American Education Week, held in November, offers an excellent opportunity for school visits. At other times, visitors are asked to follow the procedures below in order to limit interruptions to instruction and maximize safety for all.
- Contact the principal at least 24 hours in advance to discuss the purpose of the visit and to establish a convenient time for both the visitor and the school. Visitors must receive prior approval from the principal before entering a classroom. Teachers may request that visits be rescheduled to serve instructional needs and students’ best interests.
- Only the agreed upon attendees are permitted during an observation/visitation and volunteer opportunity.
- Students may not shadow other students.
- Sign in at the main office, receive a visitor badge, and sign a Confidentiality form. Visitors are required to provide a photo ID.
- Avoid access to confidential or personally identifiable information related to the student(s) you are observing, even if you have a working relationship with families of other students in the observation setting, unless that information pertains to your child.
- Interactions between visitors and school staff or students will be limited.
- Visitors are not permitted to video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or in any other way transmit any part of an observation experience.
- Stay only for the agreed upon length of time and remain in the agreed upon classroom or other building location for a reasonable time (not to exceed 60 minutes).
- Address issues, concerns, or questions that arise during this observation with a school-based administrator.
- Schedule any desired follow-up meetings with school staff at a mutually convenient time.
School Improvement Teams
Each school has a School Improvement Team made up of school staff, parents and other community members, which oversees the process of improving instruction and academic performance in that school.
Parent Teacher Association
Every comprehensive public school in Howard County has an active parent-teacher association (PTA) or parent-teacher-student association (PTSA). The local PTA/PTSA provides an opportunity for parents, educators, students, and community members to work together to benefit the school. Meeting dates and times should be confirmed with individual schools. PTA serves as a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for families, and a strong advocate for education and well-being of children.
The first Monday of each month is reserved for the meeting of the PTA Council of Howard County. Three representatives—two council delegates and the PTA president—from every school in the county make up the PTA Council. The purpose of the PTA Council is to support school PTAs with leadership development, communication, advocacy, and coordination of efforts throughout Howard County. For more information, contact your child’s school or the PTA Council office (410‑740‑5153 or email@example.com), or visit www.ptachc.org.
Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education
The Community Advisory Council (CAC) draws members from all sectors of the community and serves as a channel for concerns, advice and information from the public to reach the Board of Education. This enables the community to participate more effectively in the educational process.
The CAC, which meets monthly during the school year, also raises new initiatives, researches issues and makes recommendations to the Board. All citizens are welcome to attend CAC meetings. Find more information at www.hcpss.org/board/cac/ or contact the CAC at CAC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools are strengthened when communities are actively engaged in the education process. Community members are encouraged to provide input on school system policies and programs by participating on advisory committees. Ad hoc committees review proposals and make recommendations to the Board on specific matters such as budget priorities, school construction, attendance areas, the school calendar, and policies. Curriculum Advisory Committees make recommendations about instructional content for specific subject areas: contact the applicable curriculum office for more information.
Administrative Advisory Committees
Community Advisory Council to the BOE
Email CAC.email@example.com or call
Academic Calendar Committee – Ron Morris, 410–313–1543
Attendance Area Committee – Timothy Rogers, 410–313–1554
Instructional Materials Criteria and Review Committee – Nancy Czarnecki, 410–313–6623
Interscholastic Athletics – John E. Davis, 410–313–6630
Policy Review Committees – Cherise Hunter, 410–313–6870
School Health Council – Kerrie Wagaman, 410–313–6812
School Improvement Teams – contact School Principal
School Naming Committee – Anissa Davis, 410–313–6607
School Planning Committee – Daniel Lubeley, 410–313–8203
Student Walking Route Committee – Director of Transportation, 410–313–6726
Technology – Justin Benedict, 410–313–6844
Textbook Selection Committee – Curriculum Coordinator
Curricular Advisory Committees
Bridges Over Howard County – Marty Cifrese, 410–313–7185
Career and Technical Education Career Academies – Sharon Kramer, 410–313–6797
Elementary Curriculum – Ebony Langford-Brown, 410–313–6665
English – Nancy Czarnecki, 410–313–6623
Fine Arts (Art, Dance, Theater) – Gino Molfino, 410–313–6634
Gifted and Talented – Debbie Blum, 410–313–6800
Instructional Technology and Library Media – Melissa Daggett, 410–313–7043
Mathematics – Jon Wray, 410–313–6635
Science – Nate Hall, 410–313–1553
Social Studies –
- Kimberly Eggborn (Elementary) 410–313–5678
- C. Renee Bos (Secondary), 410–313–7489
World Languages – Kimberly Banks, 410–313–5663
Superintendent Advisory Committees
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group — Kevin Gilbert, 410–313–1542
Mental Health Community Subcabinet – Cynthia Schulmeyer, 410–313–7021
Program Innovation Advisory Board – LaRee Siddiqui, 410–313–6608
Special Education Advisory Council – Terri Savage, 410–313–6656
Community News and Programs
Families can discover educational and recreational events, resources and after-school/weekend programs offered by community non-profits on the HCPSS Community News and Programs website. Easily search by keyword, category, or ages; or browse new listings.
Use of School Facilities
The use of public school facilities by community organizations is encouraged by the Board of Education. Copies of Policy 10020 Use of School Facilities can be found at https://hcpssne.ws/10020. Facility rental, staffing and energy charges may apply under certain conditions.
For specific information regarding space availability, charges, policy and procedures, visit www.hcpss.org/parents/facilities, or contact the Community Use of School Facilities Office at 410‑313‑7477. Program offerings may be modified due to pandemic-related school system status.