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New Website and System for Emergency Closings

Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The new system standardizes the school system’s operational status to five possibilities to enhance consistency, while promoting the safety of HCPSS students and staff, and adhering to negotiated agreements on staff availability.
The HCPSS operating status will be identified on a new website: Additional emergency notification sources can be found online.


Attendance Area Adjustments for 2020-2021 School Year

The Board of Education voted to revise school attendance areas for the 2020-2021 school year in order to relieve overcrowded schools, more effectively balance capacity utilization among schools throughout the district, and address inequities in the distribution of students affected by poverty.


Nominations for HCPSS Principal and Teacher of the Year Due January 6

Nominations are now open for the Howard County Public School System Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards. Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or members of the general public.


ReEmerge Partners with CTE Teachers to Prepare Students for the Workplace

HCPSS has partnered with ReEmerge, LLC to collaborate on workforce initiatives that prepare students to be ready to enter the workplace. ReEmerge will provide professional development for HCPSS Career and Technical Education teachers to support student instruction on career exploration, resume development and interview preparation.


HCPSS Staff Receive 2019 Educator of Blind Children Awards

Kim Durkan, teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Hattie Simmons, program head for Vision Services, recently received Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Awards from the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

Ravens Celebrate Guilford Elementary as a Top PLAY 60 School

The NFL program inspires kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home. Guilford has participated in a variety of physical activity challenges for many years, and the entire school embraced the official Ravens’ PLAY 60 Challenge this fall.

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