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Health & Safety Update

As the fall season is underway and many activities move indoors, HCPSS, like school districts across the state and country, is seeing an increase in the spread of the flu, colds, COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

All HCPSS students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including the seasonal flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Read the latest health and safety message from the Superintendent

Visit the HCPSS 2022-2023 Health & Safety page


2022-2023 School Year

Details and information related to the current 2022-2023 school year are available online, including:


Apply for JROTC, Through Jan. 3

HCPSS’ JROTC program provides an introduction to career opportunities in the United States Armed Forces and teaches principles of leadership, discipline and civic responsibility. To apply for participation for the 2023-2024 school year, students must contact a JROTC official to schedule an interview.


2022-2023 Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

HCPSS will repurpose up to three inclement weather days as asynchronous instruction days, during which students will not have live online instruction and instead will complete assignments on their own. Stakeholders will be notified about asynchronous instruction days in the same manner as all other inclement weather notifications.


Amitav Kohl making adjustments to Ryan Kobylski's wheelchair device.

GHS Student Helps Peer Succeed on the Soccer Field

Glenelg High School student Ryan Kobylski began playing allied soccer this fall. With the help of fellow GHS student Amitav Kohli, who engineered a device that attaches to Kobylski’s wheelchair and allows for better ball control, Kobylski has upped his game.

WAVES Custodial Day Supervisor Wendy Cain and Catherine Gilbert.

HCPSS Alum Thrives By Supporting School Communities

Catherine Gilbert began her HCPSS journey at Waverly Elementary and completed her high school certificate at Centennial High last spring. Now, she volunteers in the lunch room in both schools, helping students and staff, and building her work skills, confidence and independence.

Jeff Fink on stage with his guitar at commencement.

Staff Focus: Jeff Fink, Principal, Oakland Mills High School

Dr. Jeff Fink has been principal of Oakland Mills High School since 2018 and is Howard County’s 2022 Principal of the Year. While Fink’s path to becoming a principal wasn’t straightforward, he draws on his life experience to support his students where they are and push them to succeed.

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