2016–2017 School Year
New and Revised Board of Education Policies and MCPS Regulations
Revised Board of Education Policies
JHF Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation
On November 15, 2016, the Board of Education amended Board PolicyJHF, Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation. This policy has been revised to align with the Maryland State Department of Education July 2016 update to Maryland's Model Policy to Address Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation, by expanding their definition of electronic communications to include social media communications. Their updated policy also provides a definition of cyberbullying.
Revised MCPS Regulations
IOE-RB Interim Instructional Services
On December 13, 2016, the superintendent of schools approved non-substantive revisions to RegulationIOE-RB, Interim Instructional Services,to update references to forms currently in use. The application process continues to require a statement from an authorized health provider, and the form previously used has been divided into two forms, one for qualified physical health conditions, and a different form for qualified mental health conditions.
JFA-RA Student Rights and Responsibilities
On September 27, 2016, the superintendent of schools approved RegulationJFA-RA, Student Rights and Responsibilities. This regulation was revised to align with new Maryland law, Senate Bill 764, Education-Student Journalists-Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, and includes additional rights and responsibilities for sponsors, adds language regarding the administrator's burden of justification for exercising prior restraint without undue delay, and provides a clarified timeline. The law encourages student reporters and editors to perform responsibly in their roles as scholastic journalists and encourages in-school media to model the principles of the First Amendment in their schools.