How is the HCPSS calendar developed?

A proposed calendar is developed by a Calendar Committee, which includes representatives of the Howard County Education Association, support staff, principals, central office staff, students, parents, and representatives from community organizations. Input from stakeholder groups is solicited throughout the committee’s deliberations.

The committee’s recommendation is presented each year to the Superintendent and senior staff, who propose it to the Board of Education. The Board’s approval process includes a public hearing to allow community members an opportunity to comment on the proposal. The Board of Education votes to approve each academic year’s calendar.