Howard County Government and the Howard County Public School System are sponsoring a series of virtual feedback sessions, designed to hear from as many stakeholders as possible on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in HCPSS. The third of these sessions is a virtual focus group for community stakeholders, which will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Interested participants should complete this application no later than Tuesday, October 13. Please be sure to answer all required fields. After the deadline, a randomly selected group of applicants will be chosen to participate in the focus group, divided equally among those who support SROs, are opposed to SROs, and have no position on SROs. The number of participants will be a representative sample of the number of applicants who submit. Information on the number of completed applications and the percentage selected to participate will be made public; however, the names of the participants will not be identified to protect the validity of the data collected.

Selected participants will receive an email containing login information for the focus group. Please contact Dr. Kevin Gilbert at or Stephanie Wall at with any questions.

Please note, those not chosen to participate in this focus group will have an opportunity to give their feedback on SROs as part of a virtual town hall scheduled on Thursday, November 12, 2020.



Virtual Focus Groups: 

    • Monday, October 5, 6:30-8 p.m., for parents/guardians and students attending schools where SROs are assigned. Eligible families will receive a sign-up form via email.
    • Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8 p.m., for staff at schools where SROs are assigned. Staff at applicable schools will be provided with sign-up information.
    • Thursday, October 15, 6:30-8 p.m., for community members. Sign-up information will be announced soon.

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