Start School Later Howard County!
Our Goal: Safe and healthy school start times for all Howard County Public Schools System students.
Howard County Public Schools has discussed start times in an on-again/off-again manner since ~2013.
Dr. Chao Wu, HCPSS Board of Education member, summarized some of the various options discussed over the past few years in an April 18, 2019 blog post, along with links to related documents.
On December 19, 2017, The Board of Education was presented with 4 options of school start times that allows all schools to start between 8 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. They voted 6-1 to recind their February 2017 committment of change in 2018-2019 school year and school hours will remain the same.
On Febraury 23, 2017, the Board of Education voted 6-2 to ask the Start Time Committee to develop new scenarios that have no school starting before 8 a.m. and no school starting after 9:25 a.m.
On January 12, 2017 the Board of Education was presented with the community's feedback on the four options. At this meeting, the Board delayed any start time implementation until the 2018-2019 school year. A public hearing was held February 7th.
On November 17, 2016, the Board of Education was presented with four options from the School Start and Dismissal Time Committee (SSDT).
The Howard County School Start and Closing Time Committee website can be found here.
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