The Division of Special Education recognizes the importance of the home/school connection.  To facilitate the partnership with parents/guardians in educational journeys of excellence for students with disabilities, AACPS is proud to announce the development of a Special Education Parent eHandbook. This resource reinforces our value of the role of parents in the teaching and learning process in our county. You may access the eHandbook from the AACPS website (www.aacps.org) by clicking on the link (PARENT eHandbook For Special Education Guidelines & Procedures) from the Parent Tab (under Special Education) and the Curriculum/Instruction Tab (Special Education link) or by typing the following address into your web browser: http://www.aacps.org/specialed/SPEDParenteHandbook.pdf
 
Anne Arundel County Police have developed a free SmartPhone App to enhance communication between the School Resource Unit officers and students. AACoPD Speak Out allows users, specifically young people accustomed to using Smartphone apps, to quickly and anonymously e-mail School Resource Unit officers and supervisors with any questions, concerns or notifications about at-risk behavior. Students are being encouraged to “speak out” and  anonymously provide information to our Police Department when they or a friend are being bullied; when they know someone needs help, and when they know someone is threatening others on-line, by text or by other means. 
 
Bullying Harrassment intimidation Report Form 
 
Student Handbook Link        Parent Handbook Link    Parent Info Book Link

Anne Arundel County currently offers Magnet Programs at several of its middle and high schools.  A magnet school offers an educational program with a specialized course of study or an emphasis on instruction that is different from the traditional curriculum offered in Anne Arundel County Public schools.  Magnet schools attract qualified students from a designated geographic area who successfully complete an admission process.

Turn It Off: Limiting Screen Time

Screen time is not just TV, it includes watching DVDs, playing video games or surfing the Internet. All that time in front of a screen crowds out time for regular physical activity—and experts say that children should get at least 60 minutes of activity or more every day. That means there has to be a balance between Screen Time and activity. Plus, sitting in front of a screen can also encourage snacking on unhealthy foods. So by turning off the screen, you can help crank up your kids’ energy, re-charge their minds and improve their health.

Fortunately, there are so many things to do that don’t use a screen. Even if your child wants to relax, he or she can read a book, doodle or just take a nap (They need those 9 hours of sleep, remember?).

Check Yourself: Know how much Screen Time you and your children are getting, and then set limits for the entire family. You’ll be amazed how much extra time you “find” when you turn off the TV or computer.

  • Play It Down: Using Screen Time to reward or punish a child makes it seem more important than it is. Use praise, encouragement and recognition for physical activity, and make Screen Time a “non-event” in your home.
  • Double Time: When watching TV at home, do jumping jacks, pushups, or crunches during commercial breaks. Set up a stationary bike in the TV room, and encourage kids to move through their favorite shows.
  • Cut the Cord: Take the TVs and computers out of your kids’ bedrooms. Children who have TVs in their rooms spend almost 1–½ hours more each day watching them than their peers. Plus, if your kids are in their rooms watching TV, they’re removed from family time.

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