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Virtual Instruction Student Tip Sheet & Other Educational Aids
HCPSS Student & Parent Handbook
Click HERE for the county's 2020-21 handbook
New Student Orientation
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Commonly Asked Questions for Freshmen & New Students
Though not all of these are applicable in our virtual environment, we still think you'll find much of this information helpful.
School Supplies for Students
High school teachers will inform students of any needed supplies at the start of the school year in their syllabus. The number of supplies requested will be reduced to keep costs down for families and reflect those most essential for virtual learning. It may be necessary to replenish supplies during the school year as needed. Please note, we will not be supplying agenda books for students this year. We encourage you to purchase a planner/calendar for your student to help them keep track of assignments.
The graphing calculator is an important technology tool used in Howard County mathematics courses beginning with Algebra 1 and extending through the end of the course sequence. Although digital graphing tools are available online and will be used at various times in middle and high school math courses, students are best served by having a personal graphing calculator such as the TI-84 Plus CE (rechargeable) graphing calculator. Students who go on to take mathematics courses in college will likely be able to use the same calculator for college coursework. Note that students are permitted to use a graphing calculator on the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement mathematics exams. Arrangements can also be made to borrow a graphing calculator from school through your child’s mathematics teacher.
Does your student need a Chromebook and/or Internet?
As previously announced, through grants and additional funds, HCPSS is able to purchase a sufficient amount of devices necessary to eventually achieve a 1:1 student-to-device ratio for all students in grades pre-K through 12. Due to vendor delays, order fulfillment will not arrive as expected and HCPSS is adjusting its device distribution plan.
HCPSS will provide a Chromebook to every student in high school within the school year. While devices are being procured, parents/guardians of high school students currently in need of a device may request one. Requests will be prioritized based on students’ access to personal devices meeting the minimum requirements.
In addition to Chromebooks, any family without access to the internet should notify the school system using the directions below. HCPSS is working with the Bright Minds Foundation and Comcast to support families who may be eligible to participate in the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Additionally, HCPSS will prioritize the distribution of a limited number of hot spots to families who cannot obtain access to the internet.
To identify your need for a Chromebook or internet:
Google Meet Expectations for Students & Parents/Guardians
To ensure a positive, productive, and enjoyable learning experience for all participants, it is important that all students and parents/guardians adhere to these Google Meet Expectations, which include online behaviors for students and privacy guidelines for parents.
Fall Meal Service Update
The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of free Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at either mealtime. Meals will be provided free of charge for all students, subject to USDA funding availability. Detailed information about meals for the 2020-21 school year are provided online.
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