Anne Arundel school system to launch first-ever 'Summer Series' to discuss education issues

The Anne Arundel public school system has planned a series of discussions this summer to address a variety of issues facing county students.

The hour-long sessions will kick off next Tuesday with a talk focused on student transportation. It will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the county board of education’s headquarters, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The first session will touch on “significant changes” that have been made to the walking areas for Central and Severna Park middle school students, part of an annual countywide examination of the student transportation system.

Subsequent discussions will focus on the code of conduct, school choice programs and school security, among other topics.

“It is our hope that these events will lead to a more universal understanding regarding these topics, and answer questions in a relaxed setting at a time when the pressures of an ongoing school year are not as great,” Superintendent George Arlotto said in a statement.

The sessions are scheduled for:

  • July 10: Student transportation
  • July 17: Student code of conduct
  • July 24: Social, emotional and physical support of students
  • July 31: Programs of choice and alternative education
  • Aug. 7: Curriculum and instruction
  • Aug. 14: School security

The sessions will be recorded and posted to the district’s website.

Monique Jackson, the county’s deputy superintendent for student and school support, said this is the first time the county has hosted a “Summer Series” like this. She said it’s an off-shoot of the district’s recently unveiled strategic plan, which emphasizes the need for the school system and the community to “become better together.”

“I hope that the public really sees that the education of children is a collaborative effort and we want to continue to foster collaboration,” Jackson said. “We want to make sure they are definitely informed. … This is one of the ways that is essential to doing that.”

Jackson said each discussion will begin with a roughly 20-minute presentation from district staff, followed by questions from community members. There will also be administrators on site who can privately talk to families who have personal issues related to their child’s education.

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