Announced in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) School Closure Daily Update: March 18, 2020:

While HCPSS staff work on a comprehensive distance learning plan should schools be closed for an extended period of time beyond the current closure, families are reminded that through, students may access the following approved online tools:

  • Canvas: HCPSS’ learning management system
  • MackinVIA: Provides students access to ebooks and databases
  • HC Library: Provides students access to online resources and content through the Howard County Library System
  • Clever: Provides students with access to approved online apps, browsable by content area
  • G Suite: Allows students to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • WeVideo: Allows students to engage in video production
  • Office 365: Allows students to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as email for secondary students


Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he will hold a press conference today at 10:00am to provide further updates and announce additional actions following the first reported death in Maryland due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). It would not be a total shock (and some people I have seen online are expecting) to see the Governor announce that school closures will be extended beyond March 27th. I could see that announcement coming today or in the near future as the number of cases in Maryland continues to rise everyday.

If schools closures in Maryland are extended at some point in the near future it will be interesting to see how HCPSS addresses it. I think a comprehensive distance learning plan will be hard to fully implement for all students at this point so I am not sure how much the school system can do now.


I will continue to track the various announcements from the state, county, HCPSS and other organizations and report those out on the blog.

Scott E