Update on the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar (May 15, 2020)
May 15th, 2020
The Howard County Board of Education will apply to the Maryland State Board of Education for a waiver of five days of missed school. Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon closed all Maryland schools for 10 days in March, which school systems are required to make up. In addition to the 10 days, HCPSS closed schools for two additional days this school year. HCPSS already has made up one day (April 28 primary elections rescheduled) and the 2019-2020 calendar reserved four inclement weather days at the end of the academic year. Thus, because HCPSS needs to make up six days, two additional days need to be added to the academic calendar.
HCPSS anticipates its waiver request will be granted and the calendar for students will be:
- Half days: Friday, June 19; Monday, June 22; Tuesday, June 23
- Last day: Tuesday, June 23
However, if the waiver is denied, the calendar will be:
- Half days: Friday, June 26; Monday, June 29; Tuesday, June 30
- Last day: Tuesday, June 30
Once the State Board rules on our waiver request, HCPSS will communicate to the public and announce scheduling information for the final day of school.
Details of the calendar waiver request are provided online.