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HCPSS Announces 2020-2021 Fall Reopening Plan

August 6th, 2020

The Howard County Board of Education approved the Howard County Public School System Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year during its work session on August 6, 2020. HCPSS will submit its plan to the Maryland State Department of Education for approval prior to the MSDE August 14 deadline.

The HCPSS Reopening Plan, applicable only for the 2020-2021 school year, fulfills the 13 requirements of the Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education and includes several additional items beyond those already approved by the Board on July 16. Highlights of the plan include:

Additionally, the Reopening Plan document includes details about HCPSS plans for all aspects of the fall instructional program, and includes information related to student supports, including provisions for individualized or face-to-face sessions; career education, including dual enrollment programs; fall sports; digital instruction tools and student technology; professional learning for staff; maintaining health and safety; and student meal services. The Reopening Plan also includes provisions for supporting student and staff well-being; diversity, equity and inclusion; expectations for staff, students and families; and other components.

Superintendent Michael J. Martirano provided detailed context about the plan during his preliminary remarks at the outset of the work session, and additional detail is also provided in the meeting presentation.

Furthermore, Superintendent Martirano shared that through additional grant funding and the reallocation of savings during the closure, HCPSS will now be able to secure a Chromebook for every student from pre-K through the 12th grade and have additional funds available within the contingency account to support the reopening plan.

The draft HCPSS Reopening Plan is available online. The final plan and full details—including schedule information, resources for students and families, and answers to frequently asked questions—will be provided online within the next week. The HCPSS Reopening Plan and website will be continually updated as new information becomes available.