2020-2021 HCPSS & SJLES Overview

The first day of school is fast approaching. Complete details on the school year, including information on Google Meet expectations, attendance and more can be found online. Visit our website for what you need to know to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, including:

SJLES 2020-2021 Overview

Please click on the link below to access our SJLES Overview document whcih will provide insights to our 2020-2021 School Year...  

SJLES New Family Welcome 

Please click on the link below to download the 2020-2021 SJLES New Family Welcome...

HCPSS Supply List

The Howard County School System has created the attached school supply list, taking into account family budgets, as well as student need during virtual learning. This list has been distributed to all elementary schools, and the number of items have been reduced. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Please click on the link below...

Fall Meal Service Update

The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of free Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at either meal time. Meals will be provided free of charge for all students, subject to USDA funding availability. Detailed information about meals for the 2020-21 school year are provided online.

Video Instruction Update

Students' active participation in synchronous (live) instruction sessions is critically important to effective learning. HCPSS does not allow video recordings of live instruction, because recorded sessions could hinder students' active class participation, violate privacy rights and accessibility requirements, and other factors. Find more information online.

Student Technology Devices
All elementary school students will be provided with a Chromebook prior to the first day of school. Parents of middle and high school students currently in need of a device may request one. All families may indicate a need for internet access. Full details online. 

Virtual Instruction Responsibilities, Expectations and Best Practices
A successful virtual instruction program for the 2020-2021 school year requires collaboration and shared responsibilities among students, educators and families.

Grading
Changes to the grading policy will be discussed at the September 10 Board of Education meeting. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

School Calendar
Make sure you know important dates on the 2020-2021 academic calendar. There are no printed calendars; you may view the online calendar and/or download printable calendar PDFs on our website. The calendar is subject to change. 

Emergency Card Procedures with Family File
HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Regardless of virtual or in-person learning, parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child. Parents/guardians can complete Family File by logging in to HCPSS Connect, selecting the More Options tab on the left, and then selecting Family File in the center column. Family File guides are available online.

Student Schedules
Student schedules will be available for viewing in Synergy on Tuesday, September 1. All parents/guardians can log in to HCPSS Connect to view teachers and schedules beginning Saturday, September 5.

School Meals
The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches served Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 8. 

Parents of students who qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMs) must submit a new application every school year. View program details and learn how to apply. 

Collection and Distribution of Materials
HCPSS schools have begun the process of collecting materials used by students during the 2019-2020 school year and distributing materials for use during the 2020-2021 school year.

School Supplies
All elementary schools will use a single supply list, as will all middle schools. High schools do not have general supply lists, as classes may have unique requirements. High school students will be informed of any necessary supplies at the start of the school year.

Back to School Nights
2020-2021 Back to School Nights will be held via Google Meet. Parents/guardians will receive details and information from their child's school. All dates are subject to change. Please check with your child's school prior to the event to verify the event date and time.

Immunizations
All children must have the required State of Maryland immunizations in order to attend school. Details can be found online. 

HCPSS News
HCPSS News emails and text alerts keep families up-to-date on news and events, and delivers real-time notices of emergency closings and information. All HCPSS News subscriptions are generated from the information provided in Family File and have been automatically updated for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians new to the system are automatically enrolled for email notification, and must opt in to text alerts.

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Date

Friday, October 2, 2020 (All day)