What directive or guidance could cause HCPSS to move from one instructional model to another (i.e. from in-person instruction to virtual)?

The Maryland State Department of Education provided expectations that all Maryland public school districts will provide a minimum of 180 days of in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

Therefore, HCPSS will not revise its instructional model unless schools are directed to do so by the state or Howard County Health Department. HCPSS relies heavily on the expertise of HCHD when making decisions that impact the health of our students and staff as HCHD references the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other health entities.

HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano has expressed his conviction that in-person education is best for students, and multiple measures have been put in place to ensure that all HCPSS schools provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.