Pupil Personnel Workers provide the essential connection
among the home, the school and community. The Office of Pupil
Personnel provides resources to schools and parents for a variety of
If your child starts to demonstrate school avoidance behavior,
i.e., refuses to get up, complains of vague illnesses, or skips
school, get help right away! Call your school counselor and ask for
resources. The school will refer you to your school’s Pupil
Personnel Worker. Remember, Maryland has a Compulsory Attendance
Law. It states that children between the ages of 5 and 17 shall
attend public school regularly during the entire school year unless
otherwise enrolled in a private school, approved home instruction,
or home teaching through the school. Parents may be charged in
District Court for failure to see that their children attend
school. Parents can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to
a fine not to exceed $50 per day of unlawful absence, or
imprisonment not to exceed 10 days or both.
Here is some helpful information
regarding truancy, parenting classes and strengthening families:
For further information please
contact (410) 222-5284
Section 504 is a part of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.The primary purpose is to ensure that
persons with disabilities are not discriminated against. With
respect to education, students with a documented disability or a
mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity
are entitled to accommodations. Examples of reasonable
accommodations can be extended time on tests and homework, special
seating, medication by school nurse, etc. Unlike the special
education law, “Individuals with Disabilities Act, Section 504 is
focused only on accommodations and modifications in general
education. If you feel your child might be eligible for a 504
plan contact your school administrator.
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children have a right to a free, appropriate, public education. The
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001. (Public Law 107-110).
“Homeless children and youths means individuals who lack a fixed,
regular, nighttime residence.” Homeless students have the right to
enroll in school immediately. Parents can request continued
enrollment in the school prior to becoming homeless or at the local
school for the current residence. Each school has a contact person
to assist with enrollment of homeless students.
For further information please contact
Verification and Out of Area Transfers
- When you register your
child at school you will need to provide proof of your
residency. One document must be an apartment lease,
mortgage papers, or notarized tenant verification form.
One additional form will be required such as, property tax/income
tax notice, utility bill, etc. Students must attend the
school in the area in which their parent or guardian reside.
If there is a question about your residence the school
personnel might ask a Pupil Personnel Worker to help verify your residence.
Out of Area Transfers
- At times, special circumstances exists that students are allowed
to attend schools other than their home schools. At the elementary
and middle level principals may approve the Out of Area Transfer for
daycare reasons. Any other requests must go through the Office of
Pupil Personnel. Please use this form for requests for
Out of Area
For further information please contact
Kinship Care, International Students, Out of County
The Pupil Personnel Worker assists in
registration of international students, reviews Kinship Care cases
and makes a determination of eligibility for enrollment. The Pupil
Personnel Worker also reviews requests for non-resident enrollment
and provides information for tuition.
For further information contact
In order for your student to meet the Board of
Education Enrollment Policy, the caregiver must present
documentation that he/she has current legal custody. Custody
must be with the parent or court appointed guardian. For
further information contact (410)222-5284.