Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

September 08, 2004

School board to meet twice tomorrow in Ellicott City

The Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting, starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that is to start at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Information: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

School board and panel of advisers are to confer

The Board of Education is to meet with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

An opportunity will be provided to discuss issues and concerns with board members in an informal setting.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Registration being taken for SAT-PSAT prep classes

Registration is being accepted for SAT-PSAT preparation courses to be held at four Howard County high schools.

Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, and Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6 at Wilde Lake High School; from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5 at Howard High School; from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, and Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at Mount Hebron High School; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26 at Oakland Mills High School.

The classes are open to all high school students. Tuition is $100 plus $50 for materials.

Information: 410-442-1600.

Homeschool group offering information and support

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold a Homeschool Information and Support Meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-740-6688, or ColumbiaHomeschool.org.

County schools release data disclosure policy

Information about past or present students in the Howard County public school system can be disclosed without parental consent if the data have 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 for public information purposes.

Parents or eligible students ages 18 or older who do not want 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.

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