HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-217

Requested Information
Please provide the polygon level database in excel and the GIS shapefiles files used for the feasibility study and created during the feasibility study.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, the polygon-level datasets and GIS Shapefiles used by the Office of School Planning in the development of the 2019 Feasibility Study are now available on the HCPSS website under Data Downloads in the Feasibility Study section of the Boundary Review Process. In order to protect against potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students when looking at polygon-level data where those who know the residents of a particular neighborhood may be able to deduce student-level information, HCPSS is following the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ federal guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, please note the suppression rules applied to each file.

For reference, a description of data used within the 2019 Feasibility Study can be found starting on page 34. Frequently asked questions on data can also be found on the HCPSS Boundary Review Process website. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, school polygons and attendance areas are subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, categories included, etc. The user of this data accepts full liability for any use of the data.

Thank you for your interest in the 2020-2021 School Planning Boundary Review. For questions about the data or process, please see the boundary review frequently asked questions page or contact the Office of School Planning at 410-313-7184 or SchoolPlanning@hcpss.org. Feedback is also being accepted via survey and in-person at community input sessions.

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