The Anne Arundel Co School Board will consider the adoption of a food allergy policy and an adjustment to the calendar for the current school year

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The Anne Arundel County School Board will consider adopting a policy for students with known food allergies, review outstanding pieces of legislation, and continue discussion of the current year’s school calendar at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. January 19, 2022.

The new policy is designed to implement a coordinated approach with healthcare professionals to the management of food allergies in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Council has discussed this publicly at two previous meetings.

The Council will also receive an update on the bills submitted to the General Assembly.

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

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

The meeting will be held in the council chambers of the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. It is open to the public and subject to the normal space limitations in the council chamber. Regulations passed by the Maryland State Board of Education require all people inside a school or school system to be masked, unless exempt under the law.

The board will also meet in open session at 4:00 p.m. for the sole purpose of voting to move immediately into closed session, during which it will discuss confidential matters as permitted by Maryland’s open meeting law, including, but not limited to, legal advice. , personnel and negotiations. The camera is not open to the public.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS ON AGENDA ITEMS

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

To provide the most equitable and orderly opportunity for speakers with a diversity of perspectives and varying access to technology, the Council will use a random, computerized lottery to select the 10 speakers for any agenda item on which more than 10 people sign up to offer commentary.

The link to register for the virtual testimony during the meeting will be posted here at 3:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the meeting and will close at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday preceding the meeting. People wishing to testify must register via this link. Speakers may register for a maximum of two agenda items.

For agenda items with more than 10 registered speakers, the selection procedures for the draw 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 this agenda item as their second choice will not be considered and may provide written comments as indicated below.
  • If less than 10 people indicate their first choice for a specific agenda item but an additional sufficient number of people indicate that agenda item as their second choice, places will be allocated to those registered first choice and a lottery will be organized for the remaining places.

Speakers who obtain a slot to speak will be notified by email to the email address they provided when registering. All speakers will have 2 minutes and must only address the subject for which they have registered.

Written comments on agenda items can be submitted via an online form which can be found here from 3 p.m. on the Friday preceding the meeting. Written comments should not exceed 250 words and should be submitted by noon the day before the Board meeting. Comments can also be dropped off at the Parham building at this time.

Comments on items not on the agenda are only accepted in writing.

The full process for registering to speak and submitting a written testimonial can be found here.

Those requiring the services of an interpreter to provide comments to the Commission should call 410-222-5311 to make such arrangements after receiving confirmation of an opportunity to speak at the meeting.

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

Wednesday’s general board meeting session 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 the AACPS YouTube channel.

Archived videos of Council meetings are available online here.

UPCOMING BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The School Board committees will hold the next virtual meetings according to the following schedule. The meetings will not be broadcast, but those wishing to listen to the meetings can access them using the codes listed below.

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

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