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Last Day for Seniors; Continuity of Learning Updates April 21, 2020

April 21st, 2020

Please review the following information and updates for the latest information related to HCPSS’s Continuity of Learning.

Accessing HCPSS applications: In order to access G Suite or Google Meet, users must first log out of any personal accounts. After logging out of personal accounts, students and staff can log in with their HCPSS credentials. Parents cannot access these platforms with their own accounts. Students must be logged in with their credentials in order to access applications through Clever, Synergy, or Canvas. Directions for using Google Meet can be found on Canvas (login required). Please see messages from schools/teachers, who are providing specific directions for students.

Virtual Classroom Expectations for Students and Parents/Guardians: Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual class check-in sessions on Google Meet. To ensure a positive, productive and enjoyable learning experience for all participants, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet Expectations, which include online behaviors for students and privacy guidelines for parents.

Seniors: The last day of school for high school seniors will be Wednesday, May 20. We expect to have additional information regarding graduation ceremonies and celebrations during the next few days.

Field Trips: All in-state and out-of-state field trips are canceled through the remainder of this school year.

Devices for Distance Learning: FedEx backlogs have delayed delivery of some devices. Teachers have been informed of delays and will be flexible with students. Families who need to borrow a device may submit a new or updated request via HCPSS Connect. Details on student technology devices, including technology requirements and instructions for requesting a device, can be found online. We know some needs may change as students and families begin to follow their respective Continuity of Learning Schedules. Families may request a device at any time.

Continuity of Learning Schedules and Templates: Available on the HCPSS website are general Continuity of Learning schedules for high school, middle school and elementary school students. Also available are fillable and downloadable scheduling templates for parents/students to use.

Webinar for Parents en Espanol. HCPSS will co-host a web conference entirely in Spanish with the Howard County Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network (FIRN) on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-noon. Topics include the Continuity of Learning plan, student technology and connectivity, and food support.
* Seminario Web para Padres en Español. El HCPSS co-organizará una conferencia por Internet totalmente en español con la Red de Información y Referencias para Personas Nacidas en el Extranjero del Condado de Howard (FIRN) el miércoles 22 de abril, de 11 a.m. al mediodía. Los temas incluyen el plan de Continuidad del Aprendizaje, la tecnología y conectividad de los estudiantes y el apoyo alimenticio.

Account Self-Service for Students: Students have the ability to retrieve their usernames and reset passwords, independent of teachers and staff. Directions on using self-service can be found online.

Meal Services Extended. HCPSS will provide free meal services at 14 county locations throughout state-mandated school closures, extended through Friday, May 15. Participants receive a Grab-N-Go snack, lunch and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Friday distributions at school-based locations also include meals to sustain children through the weekend. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day. Parents/guardians may pick up meals for their child(ren).

Fourth Quarter Grading: Find detailed information online.

Community Support. The Bright Minds Foundation Access to Learning Fund is providing greater support for our students during the extended COVID–19 school closure. Funds already raised have provided HCPSS with additional resources including assistive technologies, connectivity resources and other school supplies to support remote learning.

Additional Updates

Additional information is provided on the HCPSS Continuity of Learning website.