The Viewpoint 8/13

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The Viewpoint

August 13, 2021

Get Ready for the First Day! 

  • Find the School Supply List here
  • Online schedules will be available on August 25
  • If you already have a chromebook, plan on bringing it, fully charged, every day
  • Chromebooks will be distributed to new students and those who need one at orientation as well as when school begins
  • Masks are required. Learn more here
  • The school day is from 7:40 am to 2:25 pm

Free Meals and More

Beginning Monday, August 30, breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to all students through the entire 2021-2022 school year, on days schools are open.  

Many HCPSS families have been impacted financially by the pandemic, and may be eligible now to receive benefits through the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program. Qualifying families can take advantage of a wide range of additional resources and discounts, including testing fees, tuition, internet and more. Click here to learn more about the additional resources available for qualifying families.
For more information, or to apply, click here.

Update Your Family File!

A total of 30% of our families have updated their Family File! If you need to update yours, please read more here.

Bus Transportation

Though families are used to receiving their bus schedules two weeks prior to the start of the school year, HCPSS asks for your patience and understanding as we work through challenges with developing bus routes for this school year. The bus locator will be available on the HCPSS website by Tuesday, August 24.

Immunization Information

This is a reminder that all students entering 7th grade are required by the State of Maryland to have the MCV4 and Tdap vaccines prior to the first day of 7th grade, August 30th, 2021.  Failure to provide proof of these vaccinations may result in your child being excluded from school on the first day.  Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor to check if these vaccines are still needed and email an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to the email provided below.  You may also contact the school nurse directly for any additional questions at

Please see fliers for upcoming FREE Back to School Immunization Clinics being offered in the county in August.  Covid-19 vaccines will be available for children 12 years and older as well.

PDF iconBack to School Vaccine Clinic.pdfPDF iconHammond HS Immunization Clinic 8-26-21.pdf

HCPSS 2021-2022 School Year Updates

HCPSS has dedicated a page on their website to 2021-2022 school year updates. You may want to bookmark this page, and visit regularly, for the most up-to-date information.

Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs  page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

School Supply Give Away

The Howard County, Office of Community Partnership, is hosting a School Supply Giveaway on Saturday, August 21, from 10:00 am to noon. Please see the flyer for details. 

Upcoming Dates