School board seeks input on policies
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education introduced changes to the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Policy and the Non-Discrimination Policy and established a Title IX Policy, holding the first readings at the May 4 meeting.
Changes to the Child Abuse policy adds the prohibition of human trafficking involving children under the definition of sexual abuse. It also adds the following section: “Sexual abuse” includes: (a) allowing or encouraging a child to engage in:
1. obscene photography, films, poses, or similar activity;
2. pornographic photography, films, poses, or similar activity; or
3. prostitution; (b) human trafficking; © incest; (d) rape; (e) sexual offense in any degree; (f) sodomy; and (g) unnatural or perverted sexual practices.
In the Non-Discrimination Policy, the change adds genetic information to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, socio-economic status and disabling condition.
The Title IX Policy applies to complaints filed by students or on their behalf or by employees alleging discrimination or sexual harassment by employees, other students or third parties. It states the school board’s policy is to maintain a learning and working environment free from sexual harassment.
Under implementation, the policy establishes the Supervisor of Student Services as the Title IX Coordinator for complaints related to students and the Director of Human Resources as the Title IX Coordinator for complaints related to employees. So, Brad Engel would handle student complaints; Daniel Lessard would handle employee complaints.
The policy outlines how complaints should be investigated and sets a general 45 day timeline. It defines possible disciplinary actions and also establishes a 30-day window for appeal.
Review of these policies are next set for review in the 2019-2020 school year.
Policies must complete three full readings before approved as final. The public is asked to review the changes and give feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www. qacps.org and respond to each policy directly.