Responsive to this request, data maintained by HCPSS related to student deaths would be the number who have been withdrawn from the school system for the reason of death since the first day of school for the current 2022-2023 year to date:
Howard = 2
HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students as required by 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. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record or could do so when combined with other publicly accessible data. The above system-wide data reflects similar annual counts reported by MSDE: https://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DCAA/SSP/20212022Student/2022_Summary%20of%20Attendance.pdf. Given the population size, additional information such as student age and school have the potential to identify individual students. Moreover, while the data noted above indicates reason for withdrawing, additional information regarding the date and manner of death is shared at parent/family discretion and would require access to and review of private student files.