53.5 F
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Home Education School Education Briefs: May 2018

Education Briefs: May 2018

The 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly has come to a close. Here are several pieces of legislation that passed this year pertaining to schools and education.

ThinkstockPhotos 78159137

School Safety
Both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly approved the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, which includes provisions from Governor Hogan’s Safe Schools Act of 2018. The legislation enhances school safety for public school children and staff. Maryland school systems will now be required to develop Behavioral Health Assessment Teams, which w

ill identify students whose behavior may pose a threat to individuals attending or working in a public school.

If any student exhibits behavior that may pose a threat, assessment teams can refer students to appropriate local law enforcement officials, the local school system, and the county superintendent. There will also be standards and procedures established for referral of an individual for evaluation, services or treatment. The legislation also includes aggressive school safety standards for the training and certification for all school resource officers.

It would seem like a no-brainer that kids could bring sunscreen to public schools. But, until now some school systems required you have your child’s pediatrician complete the Request to Administer Medication at School form before sending them off to school with sunscreen. Early in April, Governor Hogan signed House Bill 427, which allows all Maryland students to use and bring sunscreen to school. The Governor took personal interest in this measure following his recent surgery to remove skin cancer cells.

A Computer Science Win
Beginning in the 2021–2022 school year, Maryland will require each public high school to offer at least one computer science course, thanks to the passage of the Access Act of 2018. The course “shall be of high quality” and meet or exceed the curriculum standards and requirements established by the State Board of Education. Public elementary and middle schools will also be expected to incorporate instruction in computer science. In addition, provisions will be made to increase the enrollment of underrepresented demographic groups in computer science.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Tips From our Sponsors

Stress Management in 2020 – For Kids and Families

Part 1   By: Dr. Sharon Richter, Annapolis Pediatrics’ Behavioral Health Department Parents are role models for their children when it comes to teaching life skills, including...

It’s a “Delmarvalous Fall” at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

Just in time for the fall season, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is providing local residents with the “Delmarvalous Fall”...

Maintaining — and Retaining — Your Retainer

One day in the not-too-distant future, your braces will come off. In a few moments, you'll be free of bands and...

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Early detection and...

Stay Connected


Most Read

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Find the perfect Christmas tree and make holiday memories to treasure by visiting a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm in Maryland where you...

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend during Kennedy Krieger's Festival of Trees! This year the Kennedy Krieger Institute...

Opt Outside! Holiday Countdown Day 1

The idea to spend time outside during the holiday weekend, especially on the Friday after Thanksgiving, gained national attention a few years...

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun! Nov. 27–29

Thanksgiving weekend is sure to be a good one this year, as Santa arrives, Lights displays open, and holiday markets are open...