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Summer 2021 – Free Meals, Summer Learning, Staying Connected and More!

June 15th, 2021

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 | Technology Devices | Summer Learning | HCPSS Communication | 2021-2022 School Year

Summer Meals

Great news as HCPSS will continue providing free meals this summer to all HCPSS students and any children 18 and under. Meals will be served Mondays and Thursdays, June 21-August 13 at locations throughout the county. (There will be no meal service Monday, July 5.)

In addition to the summer meal service for the public, free meals will be provided to all students participating in HCPSS summer programs. Full details on summer meals can be found online.

Technology Devices

Only students leaving the school system after the 2020-2021 school year—including those unenrolling or graduating—must return their assigned HCPSS technology devices, including laptops, Chromebooks, etc. Hot spots need to be returned only if the family does not have other children who will be enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year.

Students who will remain in HCPSS schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year may continue to borrow HCPSS technology devices over the summer. Families are encouraged to review the HCPSS Chromebook Care guidelines with their students to ensure that devices are taken care of. Details on summer technology device usage is available online.

Summer Learning

Enrichment Activities

Links to 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. More information is available online.

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 (HCLS) staff, are available online. Students are encouraged to read other books by the authors included, as well as explore additional book topics.

Children, teens, and adults are invited to participate in the HCLS summer reading program. Children and teens can track their reading, play fun educational mini-games, and find missions full of activities.

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 and physical resources.

HCPSS Digital Tools

All students will 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. Our systems will rollover in early August, at which point parents will automatically receive communication from your child’s 2021-2022 school. Prior to that rollover, you will continue to receive communication from your child’s 2020-2021 school. Please do not attempt to create a new account with your child’s 2021-2022 school. Additionally, unsubscribing from any HCPSS or school 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 Twitter and Instagram. Families are encouraged to follow the school system for updates and information throughout the summer.

2021-2022 School Year

The Superintendent and Board of Education members have stated their commitment to the return to normalized, five-day, in-person learning this fall to be essential. Staff continue to plan for this while evaluating recent guidelines and updates from CDC, Maryland State Department of Education and the Howard County Health Department. A statement from Superintendent Martirano on the plan for fall return is available online.

Academic Calendar

The 2021-2022 school year is scheduled to begin for K-12 students Monday, August 30. All pre-K/RECC students will begin Thursday, September 2. View, subscribe to, or download the academic calendar online.

School Start Times

School start times for the 2021-2022 school year will revert back to pre-COVID times. Those times can be found online.

School Locator

Use our online map application to locate your address and view assigned schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

School year 2020-2021 student walk zone maps and the bus stop locator will be available no later than early- to mid-August.

Have a wonderful summer break!