2020-2021 HCPSS school calendar was approved

Board Approves 2020–2021 Academic Calendar


Ellicott City, Maryland — The Howard County Board of Education approved the 2020–2021 academic calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The next school year will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, for students and on Monday, August 17, 2020, for school staff. Winter break will be December 24–January 1, with schools reopening on Monday, January 4, 2021. Spring Break will run from April 2–9, 2021. The last day of school is scheduled for June 10, 2021.

Six days at the end of the school year are designated for potential use if needed to make up inclement weather closing days.

The academic calendar is designed to provide for continuity in instructional programming and time for teachers to engage in professional work and growth activities. It reflects the school system’s respect for student and staff religious observances and allows a traditional break from schoolwork during winter and spring. The calendar complies with Maryland law requiring at least 180 instructional days, as well as negotiated agreements and district policies.

The 2020–2021 academic calendar can be viewed online.