This is a private survey to gather information about parent opinions

This is a private survey started by Dr. Stephanie Knarr, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist who has had many clients in her Howard County private practice who have suffered from the lack of response to violence in HCPSS.  She would like to gather additional responses from this survey to see if there is additional consensus from parents to take to School Board meetings and to possibly seek change. 

Dr. Knarr asked the Superintendant's office in July 2019 for a meeting to collaboratively work together, however at this time there has not been a response from HCPSS.  

This survey is a private initiative that Dr. Knarr is asking more parents to give their input for.  If there is enough consensus, she would like to create a parent committee to have accountability for additional systemic change within HCPSS.

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* 1. How many times have you ever reported a concern about your child being teased, pushed, hit, kicked, or bullied to a HCPSS staff or administrator?

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* 2. If you have ever made a complaint to HCPSS regarding any kind of physical or mental violence towards your child by another student, were you satisified with the school's response to your complaint?

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* 3. What is the name of the school or schools in which you have filed complaints?

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* 4. If there has been a time when you did not report your child being violated and/or bullied by another student mentally or physically, why did you not make a report?

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* 5. HCPSS states that they believe in restorative justice (meaning that the process will restore a feeling of justice to the victim and his/her family).  However, many parents have complained that they do not feel a sense of justice being done, in fact in same cases families feel helpless that their child is in an unsafe school environment due to the lack of HCPSS response.  From your observation, do you feel that restorative justice is happening during and after an investigation is completed?  Why or why not?

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* 6. HCPSS protects the confidentiality of the student who has engaged in an act (acts) of mental or physical violence towards another student.   The victim and their family in many cases do not know if the perpetrator of violence, harassment, or teasing had any type of disciplinary action taken.  Do you think this policy should be changed so that the victim and the victim's family as well as the community knows if there was disciplinary action taken and what it was?  Why or why not?

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* 7. If your child has been the victim of another child physically or mentally violating your child, what have been the symptoms or problems your child had as a result of being the victim of some kind of physical violence or mental teasing?

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* 8. Some parents have complained that HCPSS is more concerned about the confidentiality and rights of the perpetrator of violence than the rights of the victim, including that the school is concerned about lawsuits due to giving students disciplinary action or not keeping disciplinary action confidential.  There is concern that this creates an environment tolerant of violence and puts children more at risk for mass violence in a HCPSS school?  Do you agree with these complaints/concerns?  Why or why not?

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* 9. Have you ever filed a lawsuit or considered filing a lawsuit against HCPSS for not protecting the rights of your child to have a safe school environment; for allowing another child to harm your child with not enough restorative justice or prompt disciplinary action?

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* 10. Would you like to be on an email distribution list to learn more about parental involvement and advocacy regarding this topic?  If so, please include your email below.

If you have any other concerns, please state them below.

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