The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will consider the adoption of a policy for students with a known food allergy, review pending legislative items, and continue the discussion of the current year school calendar at its next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

The new policy is designed to implement a coordinated approach with medical professionals for the management of food allergies in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The Board has discussed it publicly at two prior meetings.

The Board will also receive an update on bills coming before the General Assembly.

On the calendar, the Board will continue the discussion from previous meetings, including the systemwide closure day in May and staff professional development days with two-hour early dismissals for students.

In addition, the Board will discuss for second-time updates to policies regarding redistricting of schools, naming of facilities, and emergency plans. It will also receive an update on more than $588 million in major construction projects currently being managed by the Division of Facilities.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. It is open to the public and subject to normal space limitations in the Board Room. Regulations adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education require that all persons inside a school or school system facilities be masked unless exempted under the law.

The Board will also meet in a public session at 4 p.m. for the sole purpose of voting to immediately go into closed session, during which time it will discuss confidential matters as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act including, but not limited to, legal advice, personnel, and negotiations. Closed session is not open to the public.

The public may listen to the open portion of the meeting, including the vote to go into a closed session, by calling (605) 468-8781 and entering access code 685333 followed by the pound/hashtag symbol.

PROCESS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

The Board will hear in-person and virtual public comments on agenda items from up to a total of 10 speakers per agenda item during a single section in the early portion of the meeting.

To provide the most equitable and orderly opportunity for speakers with a diversity of viewpoints and varying technology access, the Board will employ a randomized, computerized lottery to select the 10 speakers for any agenda item on which more than 10 people sign up to offer comment.

The link to register for virtual testimony at the meeting will be posted online here at 3 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting and will close at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the meeting. Those wishing to provide testimony must register through that link. Speakers may sign up for no more than two agenda items.

For agenda items with more than 10 registered speakers, the lottery selection procedures will be as follows:

  • If more than 10 people indicate their first choice for a specific agenda item, the lottery for that agenda item will be conducted among those registrants only. Those who indicate that agenda item as their second choice will not be considered and may provide written comment as outlined below.
  • If fewer than 10 people indicate their first choice for a specific agenda item but a sufficient additional number of people indicate that agenda item as their second choice, spaces will be allocated to the first-choice registrants and a lottery will be conducted for remaining spaces.

Speakers who secure a slot to speak will be notified by email at the email address they provide when they register. All speakers will be allotted 2 minutes and must only address the topic on which they signed up to speak.

Written comments on agenda items can be submitted through an online form that can be found here beginning at 3 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. Written comments must be no more than 250 words and must be submitted by noon on the day prior to the Board meeting. Comments can also be dropped off at the Parham Building by that time.

Comments on non-agenda items are only accepted in writing.

The complete process for registering to speak and submitting testimony in writing can be found here.

Those who require the services of an interpreter to offer comment to the Board should call 410-222-5311 to make those arrangements after receiving confirmation of an opportunity to speak at the meeting.

A complete agenda for the meeting accompanies this news release. More information on agenda items will be posted on the AACPS website in the Board Docs section under the Board of Education tab.

The general session of Wednesday’s Board meeting will be broadcast live on AACPS-TV, which can be found on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe, and Channel 36 on Verizon. High-definition broadcasts can be seen on Channel 996 on Comcast, Channel 496 on Broadstripe, and Channel 1961 on Verizon.

The meeting can also be viewed live on AACPS’ YouTube channel.

Archived videos of Board meetings can be found online here.

UPCOMING BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Board of Education’s committees will hold upcoming virtual meetings according to the following schedule. The meetings will not be broadcast, but those wishing to listen to the meetings can access them through the codes listed below.

  • Policy Committee: 3:00 p.m., February 1, 2022. Call 301-960-3676, enter the Conference ID 649 058 004#
  • Equity Committee: 11:30 a.m., February 8, 2022. Call 301-960-3676, enter the Conference ID 598 968 209#.
  • Budget Committee: noon, February 14, 2021. Call 301-960-3676, enter the Conference ID 962 792 952#.

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