School board seeks in­put on poli­cies

Record Observer - - News - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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 off­pub@qacps.org, or go to www. qacps.org and re­spond to each pol­icy di­rectly.

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