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HCPSS Digital Education Center Level-Specific Virtual Information Sessions, April 20-22, 2021

April 13th, 2021

Update: April 22, 2021 – Information session registration is closed. Information session presentations can be found online.


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The Howard County Public School System is planning for a virtual school option for students in grades K-12 who wish to remain virtual for the 2021-2022 (upcoming) school year. The Digital Education Center (DEC) is currently in the planning and design phase. The DEC would allow students to take all classes and earn credits virtually while maintaining a relationship with their designated home school. The final DEC scope and options are subject to funding, staffing and Board of Education approval.

Families must commit to the DEC for the full school year to participate. Students who want to return to in-person learning at a HCPSS school location during the 2021-2022 school year should not sign up for the DEC. Decisions on the 2021-2022 academic year—in terms of students returning in person, hybrid or virtually—have not yet been determined, and will be communicated as soon as possible.

General information sessions were offered to students and families in March. That presentation is available online for those who were unable to attend. Virtual information sessions specific to school level will be offered April 20-22. Please note, live interpreting options in Chinese, Korean and Spanish will be available only at each day’s 6 p.m. session.

Families should attend for the level their student will be in for the 2021-2022 school year. Register using the links below to receive login information for the applicable session. Please register for only one time each day.

April 20 – High School

April 21 – Middle School

April 22 – Elementary School

Details on the Digital Education Center can be found online. Additionally, answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DEC can be found online and are being continually updated.

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