As Maryland tries to combat bullying in schools, a Washington County group will look broadly at civility.
The school system is forming a Cross-Functional Team to Promote Civil Behavior.
Its first meeting will be April 17 at the Washington County Board of Education central office auditorium.
Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the schools and the community should work together to promote good behavior.
The new group will examine the school system's current policy on bullying, harassment and intimidation. It also will discuss how best to teach students to get along with others and be respectful.
"Without the education piece, we won't make a dent in this," Morgan said.
Last month, as the result of state legislation approved in 2008, the Maryland State Department of Education created Maryland's Model Policy To Address Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation.