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2020-2021 School Year

The HCPSS website has helpful information for parents/guardians, students and staff, including translated documents, student meals, technology devices, Google Meet expectations and more.

HCPSS 2020-2021 Inclement Weather Protocols

HCPSS In-Person Opportunities Suspension Extended; Start of Winter Athletics Postponed

HCPSS to Remain Virtual Through April 14, 2021


Student Meals

Meals will be provided at no cost to all students any weekday school is in session through the 2020-2021 school year, at all schools, except Burleigh Manor MS and Hammond HS due to construction.

All daily meals will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack, and can be picked up at either meal time. Weekend meals also are available. Meals may be pre-ordered for pickup on Mondays or Thursdays only.

Guidelines for Meal Pickup by Designees

Meal Service at Wilde Lake Middle School Closed Dec. 2-11, 2020

Meal Service at Gorman Crossing Elementary School Closed Dec. 3-18, 2020


HCPSS Initiates School Resource Officer Program Review

Superintendent Michael J. Martirano in September presented “School Resource Officers in Schools” and initiated the first step in a highly-anticipated, extended conversation about the roles, purpose and outcomes of School Resource Officers (SROs) in Howard County schools, which will involve all school system stakeholders.

HCPSS Invites Stakeholder Input on the School Resource Officer Program


Apply for JROTC, Through January 5, 2021

Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs are offered at Atholton (Army), Howard (Army) and Oakland Mills (Air Force) high schools. Each JROTC program provides an introduction to career opportunities in the United States Armed Forces and teaches principles of leadership, discipline and civic responsibility. Any student who wishes to participate in JROTC but does not attend one of the schools that offers the program may apply for participation.


Christopher Borja stands at Hammond High School construction site.

Apprenticeship Maryland Student Works on Hammond HS Construction

HCPSS’ Apprenticeship Maryland career academy program enables students like Christohpher Borja to “earn and learn” through on-the-job training and related instruction. Borja, a senior at Long Reach HS, is gaining hands-on electrical experience through his apprenticeship with Altimate Electric and involvement in the renovation of Hammond High School.

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Centennial Teacher Honored with German Teaching Award

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recently recognized Daniel Desmond, Centennial High School German teacher and World Language instructional team leader, with a Goethe‐Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit. He is one of seven educators who has received this national award, which honors achievement in furthering German teaching in the United States.

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Staff Focus: Allison Whitney, Community and Workforce Engagement Specialist

As the behind-the-scenes staff member leading HCPSS’ staff well-being and recognition efforts, Alli Whitney works to address mental health and well-being for school system employees, as well as elevate staff through various recognitions. She also plays a large role in community engagement around major school system efforts, helping to support engagement opportunities and coordinating the work of various advisory committees.

HCPSS Staff Focus articles →