School Closure Information

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:24am

Maryland State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon directed that all state schools close in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, all HCPSS schools will be closed March 16-27.


Dear HCPSS Community,

We have further reviewed the decision made by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon to close Maryland public schools March 16-27, and would like to share additional information and resources for staff and families. We recognize this will create inconveniences for many in our community and we will do everything we can to address your concerns.

HCPSS leaders have been working diligently for several weeks to prepare for a closure such as this. I am pleased to share that we will operate nine sites to provide "Grab N Go" meals for students as detailed below, and provide instructional materials for students and families to use during this closure. 

This is an evolving situation that impacts many areas, including advanced placement exams, college applications, standardized test administration, sporting events amongst many others. Our team will continue to work through these challenges and address them through our regular family and staff communications. Thank you in advance for your patience.  

Please continue to visit the HCPSS website as updates and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted regularly. If you have any specific questions or concerns, I encourage you to email your principal.  


Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Howard County Public School System