The Howard County Board of Education approved changes to the 2020-2021 academic year calendar during its February 11, 2021, meeting. Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26 are now scheduled as 3-hour early dismissal days for students at all levels, rather than full academic days as previously designated.
The changes are made in preparation for HCPSS' phased transition to a hybrid model of in-person and concurrent learning, which is scheduled to begin March 1. Designating February 25-26 as early dismissal days will provide school-based staff with additional time needed to complete classroom setup and other preparations necessary to ensure a smooth transition for students and staff.
Additionally during the Board meeting, Superintendent Michael J. Martirano announced flexibility for all staff assigned to begin reporting to school buildings in advance of each phase of student return.