This is a reminder that today is the deadline (by 5:00pm) for parents/guardians in Howard County to choose hybrid learning or remain fully virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year for their students.

Here is the announcement (with links) from the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) on February 4th:

Parent Instructional Preference Commitment Deadline Extended to February 10, 2021

HCPSS has extended the deadline for parents/guardians to make the commitment regarding sending their child to school for all or part of the week (depending on program availability) and receive virtual instruction the remainder of the week, or to have their child remain fully virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

This extended deadline gives families additional time to review the answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions about student in-person return and other student-related topics, as well as a comprehensive new Hybrid Instructional Model document that will be shared with staff, students and families on February 5.

If you have not already done so, please complete the two-question commitment form in HCPSS Connect by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10.

If a parent/guardian does not complete the commitment form by the extended February 10 deadline, the system will default to select that the student will remain virtual for the remainder of the year. School administrators are available to respond to any questions or concerns.


The Howard County Board of Education is meeting tomorrow (February 11th) and the following is on the agenda for that meeting:

  • COVID-19 UPDATE/2020-2021 School Year Status (Michael Martirano) – WORK SESSION

Hopefully we get some detailed information on how the registration process went online for parents and the expected number of students that will be attending school via the hybrid plan vs those that will remain fully virtual.

Scott E


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