Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

D. All make-up work will be graded in accordance with the regular

classroom grading policy as long as it is completed within the

established meline.

E. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent/guardian to

iniate the request and obtain work from the teachers and return the

completed work within the allocated meframe.

F. Students permied to enroll in the Alternave Educaon Program as

a result of a long-term suspension do not have the opon to receive

make-up work from the home school.

ATTENDANCE AREAS

The aendance area for each public school in the county is designated

by the Board of Educaon. Students must aend the school in the area

in which they reside. The residence of the student is considered to be

the same as the residence of his/her parent, legally-appointed guardian,

or caretaker. If there are quesons concerning the boundaries of a

school’s aendance area, log on to the HCPS website (www.hcps.org) to

access the “School Locator”/Aendance Area Boundary maps or call the

school system’s Transportaon Office at 410-638-4092.

Boundary Excepons

The Board of Educaon recognizes that circumstances may arise

that cause parents or legal guardians to request permission for a

student to aend a school outside their home aendance area. The

superintendent of schools will develop and implement administrave

guidelines for evaluang boundary excepon and school transfer

requests. To apply for a boundary excepon, please contact your

child’s Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW).

The superintendent of schools shall submit the Administrave

Guidelines for Evaluang Boundary Excepon/School Transfer

Requests along with recommended changes to the Board of Educaon

for review on an annual basis. The review will occur each winter prior

to the March 1st applicaon period for the next school year.

Proof of Residency

When registering for enrollment into any Harford County Public

School, proof that they student is domiciled in Harford County with the

child’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) is required. Proof of residency must

be updated each me residency changes.

The following are the types of acceptable documentaon for proof of

residency:

• For homeowners – a current monthly ulity bill (cable, non-cellular

phone, or gas and electric) with service address indicated

• For renters - an original current lease (dated within 90 days of

registraon) along with a current monthly ulity bill (see above)

All documents must be originals, dated within three months of

registraon.

Examples of documents that are unacceptable as proof of residency:

• Driver’s License

• Property Tax Bill

• Water Bill

• Cell Phone Bill

Families who do not have a house or apartment of their own, but live

with a relave or friend, are required to submit a notarized Mul-

Family Affidavit as proof of residency for each year the student and

parent are in a shared housing/mul-family living arrangement. Review

of the mul-family/shared living arrangement will be conducted by

the Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) in your aendance area. Special

documentaon must be on file.

CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT

Definions

1. Child - any person under the age of 18 years.

2. Child abuse - the physical or mental injury of a child by any parent

or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody

or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or

family member, under circumstances that indicate that the child’s

health or welfare is harmed or at substanal risk of being harmed;

or sexual abuse of a child, whether physical injuries are sustained

or not.

3. Neglect - leaving a child unaended or other failure to give proper

care and aenon to a child by any parent or other person who

has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for

supervision of the child under circumstances that indicate: that the

child’s health or welfare is harmed or placed at substanal risk of

harm; or mental injury to the child or a substanal risk of mental

injury.

4. Sexual abuse - any act that involves sexual molestaon or

exploitaon of a child by a parent or other person who has

permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for

supervision of a child, or by any household or family member.

Sexual abuse includes: incest, rape, or sexual offense in any degree;

sodomy; and unnatural or perverted sexual pracces.

A. The Maryland child abuse and neglect laws mandate that any

person who believes or has reason to believe that a child may have

been abused or neglected must report such reasons both orally and

in wring to the Department of Social Services (DSS) or to a local law

enforcement agency within 48 hours.

B. Educators (teachers, school counselors, or other professional

employees of the school system), as well as volunteers working in

the schools, are required to report the incident to the principal of the

child’s school.

C. Individuals reporng in good faith are immune from any civil liability

or criminal penalty.

FACILITY INFORMATION

Use Of School Facilies

The Board of Educaon of Harford County encourages the use

of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) facilies by the school

community in accordance with Secon 7-108 of the Educaon Arcle

of the Maryland Annotated Code and the HCPS Use of Public School

Facilies Procedure. Students and parents who are part of a schoolaffiliated

group may be allowed to use HCPS facilies for any curricular

or co-curricular program or acvity that is directly affiliated with the

programs of the school system and under the supervision of a parcular

school within HCPS. School-affiliated groups may be allowed to use

HCPS facilies to sponsor programs or acvies that are directly

affiliated with the school’s educaonal program and sponsored by the

Parent-Teacher-Student Associaon (PTSA), the Harford County Council

of PTSA, and officially recognized employee organizaons. Requests

for school-sponsored acvies must be submied and processed, and

once approved must be conducted, in accordance with Board policy

and the HCPS Use of Facilies Procedure. Local schools must document

the intended use by the school-affiliated group by compleng the Use

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