Anne Arundel County teachers, angry over the 6 percent pay raise authorized by the County Council this month, are to vote Tuesday on whether to discontinue all nonteaching activities.

The threat of the "work-to-rule" position by teachers, who staged such an action last spring, is casting a pall over preparations for the opening of school on Sept. 8. The teachers had sought an 8 percent salary increase.

Under the work-to-rule proposal, teachers would refuse to perform any extracurricular services for which they are not paid.

"There is very strong resentment among teachers," said Charles LoCascio, executive director of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. "Eight percent is as affordable in Anne Arundel as it is in other districts."

While refusing to speculate on the outcome of the teachers' vote, LoCascio reiterated the argument made by teachers last spring that an 8 percent pay raise is critical in keeping good teachers. In Montgomery County, teachers negotiated a 9.5 percent pay raise, while Howard and Prince George's county teachers will receive 8 percent raises this year.

"We have lost teachers in critical areas; with 6 percent we simply aren't competitive," LoCascio said.

While recognizing that hostilities still exist, Superintendent Robert Rice said he hopes that teachers will not feel that another work-to-rule action is necessary. "I hope we can have a settlement from teachers," Rice said. "We all gave a best effort {to get them higher pay}. It's time to go on and develop another strategy."

When school doors open, officials are expecting 65,138 students, 1,015 more than last year.

School officials said they are excited about two new programs in the elementary schools.

Anne Arundel was one of five counties in the Washington-Baltimore area that received federally funded state grants for instruction to warn children about child abuse.

In the other program, the 195 children at Eastport Elementary in Annapolis will be introduced to computers. Phase one of the program will teach elementary pupils the basic keyboard commands. The pupils, most of whom have not attended preschool, will be tested for their functional level and be assigned the appropriate programs in mathematics, language and reading.

Phase two of the project will offer classes to adults seeking to retool their computer skills or wishing to go back to school part time.

Also, students will be answering a new call to discipline this fall with a ban on smoking.

The school board this summer established a total ban on smoking, which replaces a policy laid out in the 1970s that designated smoking areas in the schools.

Numerous studies proving the hazards of smoking prompted officials to abolish smoking areas in the interest of student health. "We can't be so hypocritical as to have education in health classes and then invite students to smoke," said superintendent Rice. "We are treating smoking as part of our antidrug campaign."

Anne Arundel schools will be continuing their policy of forcing students to meet academic standards before they can participate in extracurricular activities. Since last spring, students have been required to meet and maintain a grade point average of 1.6, the equivalent of a C- average, or be dropped from nonacademic school activities.

However, the rule does allow students to attend sports practice during probation.

According to Rice, this has been an effective part of the program. "We don't want to give up on the youngsters during that period." Also expected before the beginning of school is a series of recommendations from a steering committee studying the issue of redistricting the local schools. The recommendations are expected to focus on the problems of crowding, lack of standard grade levels in all schools, the equitable distribution of facilities and possibly choices for school closings.

The recommendations will be presented to a community-based coalition for discussion.

The dramatic growth in the county's population has strained school facilities. Some elementary pupils from the West Severna Park community will begin the year in a wing of Severna Park Middle School. Construction on an elementary school for their area began in July September 1989.

Students of Broadneck senior and elementary schools will be housed again this year in portable classrooms on a temporary basis.

Arundel High will give back its portable classrooms and hold classes without the distraction of noise or debris this fall as a three-year phased renovation project comes to an end. By staggering the construction, the county was able to keep the building open.

Funding for renovation and new construction are major concerns for officials in Anne Arundel. Increasingly tight state funding has put an increased burden on local councils to meet construction costs. This month the County Council passed controversial legislation setting impact fees on housing and retail development. Some of those funds will be earmarked for school construction.

Budget problems have made it a "hard spring and a hard summer" for everyone, said Rice. But he added, "I think everyone is looking forward to the year. We're ready to go back."