What are school protocols to ensure student arrival and departure are happening in a safe and efficient manner?

For 2023-2024, drop-off and pickup procedures have been updated for many of our schools and have been shared with families. Please be sure to read these communications from your school and familiarize yourself with any changes in procedures to help make arrivals and departures on the first day of school as safe and efficient as possible. Changes in procedures were based on community surveys and feedback.

Principals will continue to evaluate processes for improvement at each school as students return at the start of the school year. 

Safety tips for student walkers can be found on the HCPSS website.

Additionally, the Howard County Police Department, which hires and oversees crossing guards, is hiring additional positions for the 2023-2024 school year.