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Summary of Changes to Date

2011-2012 School Year

New Policies and Regulations

JHG-RA Gangs, Gang Activity, or Other Similar Destructive or Illegal Group Behavior Prevention

On August 29, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation JHG-RA, Gangs, Gang Activity, or Other Similar Destructive or Illegal Group Behavior Prevention. This new regulation has been developed as a requirement of the Safe Schools Act of 2010. It is primarily intended to address gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior.

 

Revised Policies and Regulations

ACG Access to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities by Individuals with Disabilities

On October 11, 2011, the Board adopted Policy ACG, Access to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities by Individuals with Disabilities. This policy provides a clear and comprehensive mandate for the prohibition and elimination of any unlawful discrimination against individuals with disabilities and also affirms a strong commitment to the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 as well as other applicable laws as they relate to employees, job applicants, and access to the school system's services by members of the public with disabilities.


ACG-RA Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities

On December 22, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation ACG-RA, Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities. This regulation was revised to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, to align with current practice, and to include the content from Regulation GBH-RA, Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment, which was rescinded.


AFA-RA Research and Other Data Collection Activities in Montgomery County Public Schools

On December 14, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation AFA-RA, Research and Other Data Collection Activities in Montgomery County Public Schools. This regulation was revised to align with recommendations from the deputy superintendent of schools' principals' advisory committee, Committee of the Association/Leaders/Deputy/Chief Operating Officer and includes essential language from MCPS Regulation EHC-RA, Clearance of Data Acquisition Activities, which has been rescinded.


CNA Informational Material and Announcements

On June 25, 2012, the Board adopted Policy CNA, Informational Material and Announcements. This policy informs the public and staff about displaying printed informational material and announcements in schools. The policy permits distribution of materials by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), federal, state, or local governmental entities, nationally affiliated PTAs operating within MCPS and Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and parent teacher organizations at special education school and alternative centers that operate in lieu of national affiliated PTAs. Other nonprofit organizations are permitted to directly distribute materials, at designated times, to elementary school students only.


DIE-RA Travel for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Purposes

On February 6, 2012 the superintendent approved Regulation DIE-RA, Travel for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Purposes and rescinded Regulation DIE-RB, Out-of-State Travel on Official Business. While there are some differences between procedures followed for local travel as opposed to out-of-area travel, it is recommended that both could be effectively addressed in a single regulation. Regulation DIE-RB was integrated into Regulation DIE-RA.


DJA-RA Procurement of Equipment, Supplies, and Contractual Services

On December 12, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation DJA-RA, Procurement of Equipment, Supplies, and Contractual Services. This regulation was updated with minor edits to reflect current practice.


DNA-EA Disposal of School Property (State Law)

MCPS Exhibit DNA-EA, Disposal of School Property (State Law) was updated to comply with changes to Maryland law.


DNA-RA Disposition of Board of Education Property

On December 12, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation DNA-RA, Disposition of Board of Education Property. This regulation was revised to include some minor editing to reflect current practice.


ECM Joint Occupancy of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Facilities

On February 14, 2012, the Board adopted Policy ECM, Joint Occupancy of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Facilities. This policy sets forth the criteria for joint occupancy of Montgomery County Public Schools facilities. Language has been added to include input from the school community when there are two or more candidates for the same space.


EDC-RA Control of Furniture and Equipment Inventory

On December 12, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation EDC-RA, Control of Furniture and Equipment Inventory. This regulation was updated to reflect changes in definitions, form titles and current practices utilizing the Financial Management System.


EGC-RA Mail Service

On December 12, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation EGC-RA, Mail Service. This regulation was revised to eliminate redundancies with negotiated agreements and update procedural and directory information to reflect current practice.


EGF-RA Maintenance, Retention, and Disclosure of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Records

On September 19, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation EGF-RA, Maintenance, Retention, and Disclosure of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Records. This regulation was updated to reflect current practice and the most current guidance from the Maryland State Department of Education regarding records retention and disposition.


GBB-RA Employee Assistance Program

On November 21, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation GBB-RA, Employee Assistance Program. This regulation was updated to reflect current directory information and procedures for confidentiality.


GEE-RA Classification of Certificates

On November 21, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation GEE-RA, Classification of Certificates. This regulation was updated to reflect current directory information.


GJB-RC Nonrenewal of Contract for Teacher-level Personnel

On November 21, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation GJB-RC, Nonrenewal of Contract for Teacher-level Personnel. This regulation was updated to reflect current directory information.


HDA Designation of the Montgomery County Education Association as Exclusive Representative

On September 13, 2011, the Board adopted Policy HDA, Designation of the Montgomery County Education Association as Exclusive Representative. This policy was updated to include substitute teachers and home and hospital teachers in the Montgomery County Education Association bargaining unit.


HDB Designation of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals as Exclusive Representative

On September 13, 2011, the Board adopted Policy HDB, Designation of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals as Exclusive Representative. This policy's name has been updated to reference employee associations that have updated their operating names since the policies were last adopted.


HDC Designation of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 as Exclusive Representative of Noncertificated Nonsupervisory Employees

On September 13, 2011, the Board adopted Policy HDC, Designation of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 as Exclusive Representative of Noncertificated Nonsupervisory Employees. This policy's name has been updated to reference employee associations that have updated their operating names since the policies were last adopted.


HDD Designation of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals as Exclusive Representative of Noncertificated Supervisory Employees

On September 13, 2011, the Board adopted Policy HDD, Designation of the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals as Exclusive Representative of Noncertificated Supervisory Employees. This policy's name has been updated to reference employee associations that have updated their operating names since the policies were last adopted.


IOD Education of English Language Learners

On September 13, 2011, the Board adopted Policy IOD, Education of English Language Learners. This policy reaffirms the education of English language learners as a high priority for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and also ensures compliance with federal and state mandates regarding the education of English language learners. This policy has been updated to emphasize that the expectations for students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program will be consistent with expectations for all students in MCPS.


IOE-RB Home and Hospital Teaching

On July 18, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation IOE-RB, Home and Hospital Teaching. The regulation was revised to align with updated procedures governing Home and Hospital Teaching for students in Montgomery County public schools.


JEE-RA Transfer of Students

On December 12, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation JEE-RA, Transfer of Students. This regulation was updated with minor edits to reflect current practice.


JFA-RA Student Rights and Responsibilities

On August 8, 2011, the superintendent approved Regulation JFA-RA, Student Rights and Responsibilities. This regulation was revised to remove content covered by other regulations and to respond to a large stakeholder review. Throughout this regulation, sections that have delineated the responsibilities of principals and other staff have been reworded to clarify, notify, and emphasize to students not only their rights, but also their responsibilities.


JGA-EA Disciplinary Action (State Law)

MCPS Exhibit JGA-EA, Disciplinary Action (State Law) was updated to comply with changes to Maryland law.


JGA-EB Suspension and Expulsion (State Law)

MCPS Exhibit JGA-EB, Suspension and Expulsion (State Law) was updated to comply with changes to Maryland law.


JGA-RA Classroom Management and Student Behavior Interventions

On March 13, 2012 the superintendent approved Regulation JGA-RA, Classroom Management and Student Behavior Interventions. This regulation has been updated to bring the restraint and seclusion language into compliance with Maryland State Department of Education guidance.


JPG-RA Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health

On March 2, 2012 the superintendent approved Regulation JPG-RA, Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health. This regulation has been updated to comply with the United States Department of Agriculture Healthy U. S. Schools guidelines.


KGC Child Care

On February 14, 2012, the Board adopted Policy KGC, Child Care. This policy affirms the importance of high quality child care and education settings for all children of Montgomery County and establishes the scope of Montgomery County Public Schools' role in partnering with the child care community in addressing child care needs. Language was added to clarify that by accomplishing the goals of the policy, high quality child care will be the result. Additionally, language was added to ensure Montgomery County Public Schools collaborates with a broad range of community members and organizations in its efforts to advocate for child care that meets the needs of Montgomery County students and families.

Rescinded Policies and Regulations

DIE-RB Out-of-State Travel on Official Business

On February 6, 2012, the superintendent approved the rescission of Regulation DIE-RB, Out-of-State Travel on Official Business. Regulation DIE-RB was integrated into Regulation DIE-RA, Travel for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Purposes. While there are some differences between procedures followed for local travel as opposed to out-of-area travel, it is recommended that both could be effectively addressed in a single regulation.


EDC Furniture and Equipment

On March 13, 2012, the Board rescinded Policy EDC, Furniture and Equipment. Relevant language form Policy EDC has been added to Regulation EDC-RA, Control of Furniture and Equipment Inventory.


EFA Bank Accounts for Cafeteria Funds

On March 13, 2012, the Board rescinded Policy EFA, Bank Accounts for Cafeteria Funds. Relevant language is fully addressed in the Montgomery County Public Schools Financial Management Handbook and the Division of Food and Nutrition Services Procedures Handbook.


EGE-RA Central Records

On September 19, 2011, the superintendent approved the rescission of Regulation EGE-RA, Central Records. Relevant language has been incorporated into Regulation EGF-RA, Maintenance and Disclosure of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Records.


EHC-RA Clearance of Data Acquisition Activities

On December 14, 2011, the superintendent approved the rescission of Regulation EHC-RA, Clearance of Data Acquisition Activities. Relevant language has been incorporated into Regulation AFA-RA, Research and Other Data Collection Activities in Montgomery County Public Schools.


GBH Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

On October 11, 2011, the Board rescinded Policy GBH, Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. Relevant portions of the policy have been incorporated into Policy ACG, Access to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities by Individuals with Disabilities.


GBH-RA Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment

On October 26, 2011, the superintendent approved the rescission of Regulation GBH-RA, Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment. Relevant language has been incorporated into Policy ACG, Access to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities by Individuals with Disabilities and Regulation ACG-RA, Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities with Regard to Employment, Services, Programs, and Activities.

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