State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, or encourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).
Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.03.02.05 Student service
To graduate, students shall complete one of the following:
- A. 75 hours of student service that includes preparation, action, and reflection components and that, at the discretion of the local school system, may begin during the middle grades; or
- B. A locally designed program in student service that has been approved by the State Superintendent of Schools.
Maryland Code 9.9-107 Funding; eligible interventions; academic services; assistance and support.
(b) Eligible interventions. -- Eligible interventions for which a community school may receive funding include academic services, parental involvement programs, physical and mental health services, and community involvement programs. (4) Community involvement programs include:
- (i) Service and service-learning opportunities;
- (ii) Adult education, including English as a second language classes;
- (iii) Homelessness prevention and permanent housing services; and
- (iv) Other services designed to meet the needs of the community school and the community as identified by the community school leadership team and in accordance with the plan developed under § 9.9-104(b) of this title.
Maryland Student Service-Learning Guidelines
This document addresses service learning in Maryland schools.