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List of MCCPTA Standing Committees
List of Administrative Committees

MCCPTA Health and Safety Committee

MCCPTA Health/Safety Committee Meetings for 2010-2011

If you are passionately interested in improving any of the following safety concerns, please put your energy into action as we meet to evaluate safety concerns and work with MCPS and other community leaders to advocate for our children:

  • safety and security on school grounds
  • bullying or gang concerns/problems
  • cafeteria food nutritional quality
  • not enough supervision on the playground
  • traffic issues affecting student safety
  • drug and alcohol use
  • poor condition of school buildings and portables / air quality in your school and portables
  • School Resource Officer program (SRO--formerly known as EFO)
  • emergency preparedness concerns.


  • Wednesday May 16th 7pm at the Carver Auditorium

    Community Action Forum on Teen Drinking/ Substance Abuse 



Please contact the Health/Safety Committee with any questions or concerns.  Also, please consider setting up your own safety committee and/or designating a liaison to the MCCPTA Health/Safety Committee.

Donna Pfeiffer
Co-Chair, MCCPTA Health/Safety Committee
Email Donna

Carroll Lovelace
Co-Chair, MCCPTA Health/Safety Committee
Email Carroll

MCCPTA Health and Safety Committee Reports / Workplan





2009 - 2010


MCCPTA Resolutions

See the MCCPTA Resolutions page for a resolution on improving building and portable security passed by the Delegates' Assembly January 23, 2007.

MCCPTA Resolutions regarding Physical Education in Schools: the following MCCPTA PE resolutions were approved at the APRIL 26, 2006 Delegates Assembly:





School Safety Information

Basic Facts on MCPS security policy and procedures, October, 2006

Guide to Concussions

Current Policies for Public Comment


Policy JHF, Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation


On October 26, 2009, the Board of Education tentatively adopted Policy JHF, Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation to comply with Maryland law and to demonstrate commitment to addressing this issue. The policy includes professional development for administrators and staff; encouraging student involvement in prevention efforts; facilitating communication with families and the community and implementing strategies for supporting their children; ensuring collaboration with community health and mental health resources; and providing a range of interventions developed to prevent bullying, harassment, or intimidation while ensuring the safety of students who are victims.

Teen Safety

Bus Safety

Lead in School Drinking Water

Emergency Preparedness

Portable Classrooms

Two guides for parents may be helpful during times of crisis:

(both in Adobe Acrobat format). They were developed by Linda Goldman, the author of many books and articles about children and grief including, "Breaking The Silence" and "Life And Loss." Ms. Goldman is a Montgomery County Parent and trainer. Her articles are reprinted here with her permission.


MCPS (and MCCPTA Health Comm.) Tips/Topics for Parents: 

MCPS Health Education Curriculum Information:

For general information about the health education instructional program for students in Grades Pre K-12 as well as teacher training information, instructional outlines, and Health Education MCPS contacts, click on link below.

MCPS Citizens Advisory Committee for Family Life and Human Development:

Please contact Susan Young for information on the revision of sex ed components of the Health Education Curriculum. 

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- Resources can be included in PTA newsletters and other communications with parents.

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Resources

Take 15 for the Health of It?

  • Take 15 for the Health of It! is a statewide initiative designed to help Maryland families develop strategies for healthy living. The program provides practical tools families can use to help their children develop good eating habits, enjoy physical activity, and talk about sensitive issues such as substance abuse and body image.

    Parents, educators, and kids will find resources and fun activities for children from birth through age 18. Materials will be distributed through schools and public libraries and also will be available on the Take 15 website through a multitude of related links. Take 15 and enjoy!

Healthy Fundraising, Celebrations, and Rewards – Ideas and Resources

Physical Activity Resources

  • Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The curricula address all aspects of girls' development - their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.  GOTR is operating in several MCPS middle schools.  For more details about the program, visit  For info about the MCPS GOTR program email Eve Mills.


  • Healthy Snack Ideas – resources available:  The Center for Science in the Public Interest, with input from experts and parents, has developed resources with healthy snack ideas for parents, teachers, afterschool programs, and other caregivers. There is a 1-page version that can be used as a handout or model newsletter article (that is the attachment) at  This one-pager makes a great PTA insert! 

    There is also a more extensive list of snack ideas for people and programs that want more detail at

    Feel free to adapt them to fit your program needs and forward them to colleagues, parents, and family members.


  • Does your family know what a portion really looks like? Click here for article.
  • 10 Benefits of Family Dinners - Download this nice one-pager on all of the health benefits of eating meals with kids – from reduced stress to lower drug use!  TenBenefitsFamilyDinners.pdf

Flus and Colds Resources

Mental Health Resources/Studies

  • Studies of schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, hormone-related mood disorders, childhood psychiatric disorders, and more –- see how you and/or your children may be eligible to participate or receive other benefits from related to top-notch research at NIH.

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MRSA Staph (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

MRSA photos. Caution, some of the photos are graphic.

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