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Summer 2020 – Meals, Summer Learning and More!

June 18th, 2020

We hope all our students, families and staff have a relaxing and fun summer. Here are some ways to stay connected throughout the summer months.

Jump to: Summer Meals | Summer Learning | Communication | 2020-2021 School Year

Summer Meals

HCPSS will continue its free meal program for all HCPSS students and anyone under the age of 18 through the summer. Running from July 1-August 14, free meals will be available at locations countywide, weekdays from 11:30-1:30. There will be no meal service Friday, July 3, and weekend meals will be provided at school-based locations Thursday, July 2. Some summer locations differ from the spring locations. A full list is available online.

The HCPSS 2019-2020 free Grab-N-Go meal program will continue through June 30.

Summer Learning

Summer Enrichment Activities

Links to summer enrichment activities for students at all grade levels are provided online for any families who wish to use them. Also online is information regarding volunteer and activism opportunities, and family and community resources. Find all this and more on our Summer Enrichment webpage.

Reading Lists and Programs

Recommended summer reading lists for students in all grade levels, developed by HCPSS library media specialists and Howard County Library System staff, are available online. Students are encouraged to read other books by the authors included, as well as explore additional book topics.

While its branches remain closed, the Howard County Library System will continue its summer reading program this year online. New activities and challenges will be added each week.

All HCPSS students receive an A+ Student Card account number at the beginning of the school year. With it, they have access to all HCLS eContent by using their account number to login via Using their A+ Student Card, students can take advantage of all the library’s digital resources, as well as physical resources when branches reopen.

HCPSS Digital Tools

All students have access to their school’s digital MackinVIA eBook and audiobook collection all summer long by logging in through

Elementary students will continue to have access to Dreambox and Lexia Core5 throughout the summer by logging in via Clever in Students are not required to work with either learning platform and their progress will not be monitored by teachers. If you choose to have your child work with these tools over the summer, we encourage you to limit use to the recommended amount of 15-20 minutes per day.


Emails/Text Messaging

All parents/guardians are in our system to receive HCPSS and school emails/text messages. Parents of current students SHOULD NOT attempt to create a new account with your child’s 2020-2021 school. Our system will rollover in early August, at which point parents will automatically receive communication from your child’s 2020-2021 school. Prior to that rollover, you will continue to receive communication from your child’s 2019-2020 school. Unsubscribing from any of these messages will block you from receiving all messages from the district and your child’s school. Please do not unsubscribe!

Parents/guardians with a child new to HCPSS in the fall will be automatically signed up for HCPSS and school communication in early August.

Social Media

HCPSS has active accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Families are encouraged to follow the school system for updates and information throughout the summer.

2020-2021 School Year

The 2020-2021 school year is scheduled to begin for most students Tuesday, August 25. Pre-K/RECC students will begin Thursday, August 27. View, subscribe to, or download the academic calendar.

While much remains uncertain, planning for the 2020-2021 school year is well underway. Details and information are available online.

School Locator

Use our online map application to locate your address and view assigned schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

There are no changes to redistricting plans for the 2020-2021 school year. More information on the transition process and supporting students at a new school is provided online.

Student walk zone maps for the 2020-2021 school year are posted to school websites. The 2020-2021 bus stop locator map will be available in early August.