School Services

Summer Student Meals

The Howard County Public School System will be serving FREE Grab-and-Go meals to HCPSS students and any children aged 18 and under. There are no applications, enrollment or fees to participate in this program. Meals will be served only on days schools are open and there will be no meal service Monday, July 5. In addition to the summer meal service for the public, free meals will be provided to all students participating in HCPSS summer programs at the 33 program locations.

Meals provided include breakfast and lunch. Those picked up Mondays will include three days of meals, and those collected on Thursdays will include food for four days. Meal sites and pickup times are subject to change based on participation. Any changes will be noted on the HCPSS webpage. Protective face masks do not have to be worn outdoors on HCPSS properties but are required inside HCPSS school buildings.

Summer Meals Hours and Locations: Mondays and Thursdays, June 21 – August 13

Pick-up 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

  • Bushy Park Elementary School, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood
  • Ducketts Lane Elementary School 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge
  • Hollifield Station Elementary School, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City

Pick-up 12:30-2 p.m.

  • Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City
  • Clarksville Middle School, 6535 South Trotter Road, Clarksville
  • Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
  • Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia

Pick-up 1-2:30 p.m.

  • Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge
  • Fulton Elementary School, 1600 Scaggsville Road, Fulton
  • Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, Laurel
  • Longfellow Elementary School, 5470 Hesperus Dr, Columbia
  • Rockburn Elementary School, 6145 Montgomery Road, Elkridge

PICKUP & PRE-ORDER Meals may be received via walk-up to any available location by:

  • HCPSS students
  • Howard County children under the age of 18
  • Parents/guardians on behalf of their children, who do not need to be present
  • A designee of choice*

Meals also may be pre-ordered via the HCPSS Nutrislice website or mobile app. Users should select the Pre-Order Menu, then choose a meal site location and order your meals by day. For information please click here.


Health Room

Student Medication Procedures

Immunization Information

Reporting Absences

To report your child's absence, please email the school at by 8:30 a.m.

If a child has a fever, he/she needs to be fever free for 24 hours, with no medication, before returning to school.

On the day your child returns to school, an explanatory note should be submitted to the school indicating the date(s) and reason for the absence. A doctor's certificate is required in cases of long-term absence (more than three days). A note should also be submitted upon return, to request exclusion from activities (i.e., physical education). Should you need more information or assistance please contact our nurse Judith Bruce or our health assistant Janet Eldridge

Student Registration

For information about registering a new student, view the HCPSS guidelines on registration.

If you are new to Howard County and were born outside of the US and/or need ESOL services, contact the Office of International Student Services for assessment and registration at 410-313-7101 or 410-313-7102.

After you have completed the enrollment process, please contact Trina Johnson or 410-313-6940 to schedule an appointment. The registration process is handled by appointment only.


Accident and Medical Insurance

Accident Insurance

The school system does not carry medical insurance for accidents that occur at school, including non-sport related injuries, such as trips and falls, physical education injuries, and recess/playground injuries. Thus, parents are encouraged to enroll students in the accident insurance program offered through HCPSS.

Learn more about how to obtain accident insurance →

Medical Insurance

The Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) is available for families, pregnant women, and children in need of medical insurance. Applications are available through the school health assistant or by contacting the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-7500.

Find out more about qualifying for MCHIP →