MCPS Seeking Comments on Proposed Amendments to Student Discipline Policy

by Patrick Herron

Montgomery County Public Schools sent out the following community message on Monday alerting patents and students that the deadline to submit comments on proposed changes to the student discipline policy are due by February 7.

You can download a copy of the draft policy here.

Per MCPS:

Dear MCPS Community,

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Board Policy JGA, Student Discipline, to implement changes required by Maryland law. Maryland law requires “restorative approaches” that foster positive, respectful, orderly and safe learning environments necessary for effective learning. The policy has been available for comment since Dec. 2. Public comments are due by Monday, Feb. 7.

A new title is proposed to reflect this restorative approach: Policy JGA, Behavior Intervention, Safety, and Well-being Plan. The draft policy, a video presentation and the opportunity to provide public comments are available here.

The draft includes a relationship-focused model for behavior intervention and safety that—

  • is primarily proactive and preventative;
  • emphasizes building strong relationships;
  • setting clear behavioral expectations that contribute to the school community well-being;
  • responds to behavior that violates clear behavior expectations,
  • focuses on accountability for any harm done by the problem behavior; and
  • addresses ways to repair the relationships affected by the problem behavior with the voluntary participation of an individual who was harmed.

Review the draft policy.

Submit comments on the draft policy here.

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