Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

September 01, 2004

Schools announce student information disclosure policy

Information about past or present students in the Howard County public school system can be disclosed without parental consent if the data has been designated, "directory information."

In accordance with state and federal law, the Howard County Board of Education has designated as "directory information" a student's home phone number; home address; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; the weight and height of members of school athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; the most recent educational institution attended; and similar information. All this can be disclosed without parental consent, although, in accordance with Maryland law, some restrictions apply.

Student phone numbers and home addresses may be released without parental consent only to organizations of parents, teachers and students, former students or any combination of those groups; to a person engaged by a school or school board to confirm a home address or home phone number; to the military; to a representative of a community college in the state; or to the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

For public information purposes, the school system can also publish photographs of students involved in school activities.

Parents and eligible students ages 18 or older have the right to refuse to release any or all of these categories of information, as well as the release of photographs in which the student is identifiable.

Parents or eligible students who want to refuse to have directory information or photographs released must notify the school system by Sept. 30.

Requests should be sent to Public Information Office, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Community college starting graphic design program

Howard Community College is starting a graphic design program this fall, offering a certificate of proficiency.

Students will learn the fundamentals of commercial art and develop competency in using computer software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The program, which consists of 10 three-credit courses in design, drawing and digital imaging, is appropriate for those working in the field who want to enhance their skills. Inquiries from employers interested in employee training are welcome.

Classes begin this week, but late registration is accepted.

Information: James Adkins, 410-772-4512.

SAT prep courses set at Mount Hebron High

The Mount Hebron Vikings will sponsor a series of SAT prep courses this month.

The courses are designed to prepare juniors for the new SAT examination, which will be given in March, as well as for the January examination. The classes will include verbal and math skills.

PSAT/SAT classes will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today through Oct 27. The cost is $385 for the 10-week program. A separate grammar course will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Oct. 28. The cost is $190.

Both courses will be taught by Marian McCain, a former mathematics and SAT prep teacher at Centennial High School.

Courses will be offered throughout the school year. Winter sessions begin Nov. 3; spring sessions begin Feb. 16.

Information or registration: Lori Birmingham, 410-418-4688, or Marian McCain, 410-461-9057.

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