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Board Policies

Increase Physical Activity at School

I suggest the school system increase physical activity at school with increased physical education time, longer recess, and integrated physical activities into other curriculum areas. Studies show that children have better mental acuity and attention following physical activity.

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

17 votes

Operating Budget

Improve School Lunches

I suggest the HCPSS Food and Nutrition Service follow the lead of other school systems in the country and provide students with healthier school lunches, including foods from local farms, items with less fat and sodium, and possibly organic options. These other school systems do this with the same budget and federal regulatory framework as Howard County. Salad bars have also been implemented successfully with proper ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

15 votes

Operating Budget

Expand Technology in the Classroom

I suggest we look at ways to replace textbooks with electronic text books and online simulations/games to encourage more engaging learning experiences, especially for those students suffering from attention deficits. Technology in the real world is not sequestered in a computer lab. No one's home or place of work is set-up in this fashion. Our schools should not be either. Our schools must prepare students for the ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

12 votes

Operating Budget

Food Revolution in School

I suggest we change the way we handle food at school. It's silly to feed our kids poor school lunches in the cafeteria and ban cookies and brownies in the classroom for parties. No one ever became obese over what they ate at a birthday party. Besides school lunches, I believe we need to improve school breakfasts, provide healthier snacks to students, allow food and drink at appropriate times in the classroom, make the ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

11 votes

Operating Budget

Create a working educational farm on underutilized HCPSS Land

Eating is an agricultural act. The food that ends up on our dinner tables and in our youth's lunches is supported by complex systems of production, processing, transportation, and marketing. A productive small farm embedded in the school system brings fresh local food to more outlets throughout Howard County while transforming the relationship that students have to food they eat and the environment that supports its production. ...more »

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11 votes

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Introduce e.Learning and Distance Learning

I suggest the HCPSS introduce e.Learning classes by recognizing already accredited online classes for its students. These classes could be offered to students in schools who do not currently have access to classes listed in the curriculum and catalog to create equity between schools. These classes could support Home and Hospital educational programs, as well as Special Education student needs. Ultimately, these programs ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

10 votes

Board Policies

Move Recess Before Lunch Systemwide

I suggest we scale recess before lunch across the school system, as it has been tried successfully in numerous schools. It improves health and reduces post-recess discomfort and health room visits.

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

9 votes

Operating Budget

Establish Countywide School Volunteer System

I suggest the HCPSS build off of the guidelines created for the PTA Council of Howard County's Clinical Volunteers Corps utilized in SY2011 for the flu vaccinations to create a policy/framework to recruit and deploy volunteers countywide - not just parents in their own home school. This would allow for parents of current students, former students, and other citizens to give back to our schools and support the "crown ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

8 votes

Operating Budget

World Language Instruction Starting in Kindergarten

I suggest we implement world language instruction starting in kindergarten. In the world, there are multi-lingual citizens and then there are Americans. We need to prepare our graduates to win in the global economy and to do so, they must speak at least one more language than English. We must offer students at an early age - when they can actually learn the language better - the chance to start learning Chinese, Spanish, ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

8 votes

Board Policies

Post New Textbooks and Instructional Materials Online for Input

Instead of the current process of putting hard copies in the HCPSS lobby around the winter holidays with paper feedback forms, I believe that we should place information, excerpts, reviews, and additional resources on these newly proposed materials online for parents, citizens, and others to review and provide input to school system staff 24 hours a day, instead of just in-person during limited hours.

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

8 votes

Operating Budget

Create Employee Wellness Prgm w/ Financial Incentives

Building off of what other school systems and universities have done, the HCPSS should roll-out an employee wellness program that provides employees with financial incentives to be healthier. These incentives could reward employees who stop smoking, lose weight, take their medications appropriately, exercise, and engage in other activities that lower their health costs. These programs have been proven to save millions ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

7 votes

Board Policies

Expand Public Input in Decision-Making

I suggest that the Board of Education look at more convenient ways to engage public input early in the decision-making process, rather than just collecting feedback later in the process. This would include using standard market research tactics that businesses use everyday to better understand their customer's needs and desires. This may include the use of online surveys, focus groups, phone interviews, wikis, and other ...more »

Submitted by (@brian0)

Voting

7 votes