2019 | Schools

School Notes: School Board to Discuss Boundary Analysis, Academic Calendar Tuesday

Plus: Committee will review seclusion, restraint data; Forum for Equity and Excellence scheduled

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School Board to discuss boundary analysis, school calendar on Tuesday

The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet Tuesday afternoon with a full agenda, including an update on the countywide school-attendance boundary analysis that is underway.

MCPS this year launched its first comprehensive review of school-attendance boundaries in decades. The school district is paying approximately $475,000 for the review.

The board will begin the public portion of its meeting at noon at the MCPS headquarters in Rockville.

The school board will also discuss academic calendar options for the 2020-21 school year. In conjunction with that discussion, the board could take action to modify a policy that says schools must be closed on presidential inauguration days.

A school board committee last month discussed preliminary calendar options, including some scenarios in which schools would open before Labor Day for the first time in several years.

Committee will review seclusion, restraint data

The school board’s Committee on Special Populations will meet Thursday morning and receive information on schools’ use of restraint and seclusion on students.

Among the nation’s 30 largest school districts, Montgomery County schools report the second-highest number of incidents in which students are placed in isolation rooms for behavior problems, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released in June.

The report examines the quality of the data the U.S. Department of Education collects on school systems’ use of seclusion and physical restraint. It showed that the Montgomery school system reported 120 incidents of seclusion in the 2015-2016 school year and 332 cases of physical restraint. Both are among the highest totals reported by school systems with more than 100,000 students.

The GAO report was prompted by concerns that school districts have been underreporting incidents of seclusion.
The school board committee meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the MCPS headquarters in Rockville.

Forum for Equity and Excellence scheduled

The first Black and Brown Forum for Educational Equity and Excellence is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Gaithersburg High School.

The event, hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Parents’ Council and the community group Identity, will be for the public to discuss ways to create better educational outcomes for minority students.

The forum is set for 7 to 9 p.m.