Principal's Message 12/5/19

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 3:10pm

Dear Parents,

On November 21, 2019, the Board of Education voted to revise HCPSS school attendance areas for the 2020-2021 school year. Please know that our staff will do all we can to support our students and their families through the redistricting process. I encourage you to find information about the area adjustment process at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Additionally, all HCPSS schools and offices will now be closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, due to the special election to fill the 7th congressional district seat vacated following the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings.
HCPSS schools and offices are typically closed on all election days as county school buildings are used as polling sites by the Howard County Board of Elections. Students and staff are not able to access school buildings for instruction while elections are underway.

As this closing was not originally listed on the HCPSS Calendar, we are making this announcement early to allow families to plan ahead for the closure. HCPSS has reached out to community partners who typically provide camps and other programs on non-school days to encourage them to provide similar opportunities on February 4. Additionally, our Office of Food and Nutrition Services is exploring the possibility of opening food sites where free lunches could be served to children under the age of 18.
The school system plans to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education for a waiver of the closing day.


Kimberlyn S. Stoll
Hammond Elementary School