• Take Action Archives: May 2014

    State Guidelines to Minimize Risk of Infection Spread  

    In compliance with COMAR regulations, all staff with potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens and bodily fluids must review the Maryland State School Health State Guideline regarding Bloodborne Pathogens Control and Handling Body Fluids in the School Setting. The document contains important information regarding risk factors around transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV, and must be reviewed by staff by May 15, 2014.  Supervisors must document that staff members have been notified of this requirement. 

    Deadline for BTU professionals to submit courses for AUs

    The BTU contract ratified in February states that coursework accumulated only from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2016, is eligible for AU credit. Until Thursday, May 1, 2014, the district is providing a transition period to allow all BTU professionals to submit courses completed from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013, that have not previously been submitted for AUs. As of May 2, 2014, only courses completed from July 1, 2013, onward will be accepted for review and approval for AUs. Please email William Marcus at compensation@bcps.k12.md.us with any questions.

    Complete the 360 Feedback Survey on School Leaders April 1-30

    The 360 Feedback Survey, part of the School Leader Effectiveness Evaluation for 2013-14, must be completed between April 1 and 30.  This tool (provided by the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education or VAL-ED) allows instructional staff, teachers, Executive Directors of Principal Support, and Operators to rate the effectiveness of principals by providing an assessment of their instructional leadership. School leaders will also complete a self-assessment.  The Achievement and Accountability Office will email the unique survey codes to all principals.

    We would like all schools to strive for a 100 percent participation rate on the survey, so please encourage your staff to provide feedback before the April 30 deadline. If you have questions, please send to survey@bcps.k12.md.us.

    Summer School Liaisons needed for grades K-8

    To facilitate student registration for this year’s Summer Jump programs, school leaders in elementary, elementary/middle, and middle schools should identify a staff member to serve as summer school liaison for their school. The liaisons are responsible for distributing to and collecting applications from students and entering registrations into the online system (which is similar to the school choice tool).

    School liaisons should then plan to attend one of the following training sessions held at the district office (200 E. North Avenue):
    Ÿ    •  Monday, May 5, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Board room
    Ÿ    •  Thursday, May 8, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Room 301
    Ÿ    •  Tuesday, May 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Room 301
    School leaders should email Victoria Parrish with the name of their chosen liaison.

    School Bus Evacuation Drills

    In accordance with COMAR regulation 13A.06.07.11 section 1, spring school bus evacuation drills are to follow school's Emergency Safety Plans. Please read this memo about procedures for lift buses and walk on students and adhere to the protocol and schedule on the evacuation and drill log.