Friday, September 21, 2012
Fairfax County School Board Establishes Committee to Review Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Fairfax County School Board has established a special committee, the Ad Hoc Community Committee on Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R), to review and recommend changes to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) SR&R. Appointments to the new committee will be made at the School Board business meeting on Thursday, October 11.
The 40-member committee will be comprised of:
· Twenty-four citizens, with two representatives nominated by each School Board member from his or her district and two representatives, regardless of district, nominated by each at-large School Board member.
· Three teachers, including one nominee from the Fairfax Education Association, one nominee from the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, and one nominee from the Association of Fairfax Professional Educators.
· Three principals, including an elementary, middle, and high school principal.
· Three counselors, including an elementary, middle, and high school counselor.
· One school psychologist, one school social worker, and one hearings officer.
· One representative from the Fairfax City School Board.
· One representative from the Fairfax County government.
· Two high school students from the FCPS Student Advisory Council.
The chairman of the committee will be elected by and among the School Board member appointees. The deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent for special services will serve as advisors and facilitators to the committee.
The Ad Hoc Community Committee on SR&R is charged with performing a comprehensive review of the SR&R and will present its recommendations to the School Board by March 2013. At its June 7 meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the following motion: “That the School Board establish a special committee of the Board to perform a comprehensive review of the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R), and those manuals of other school districts, to recommend changes to the School Board by March 2013 that would simplify the language and substantially reduce the size of the SR&R and ensure consistency with our community’s values, School Board policies, and Virginia laws. This committee shall be composed of representatives of parents, students, school administrators, teachers, student specialists (e.g., counselors, social workers, psychologists, hearings officers or SROs), juvenile services specialists and/or such other community members as the School Board shall determine appropriate.”
Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.