Schools Closed Monday, December 9
All Howard County public schools are closed today, Monday, December 9, 2013.
All evening activities in schools, both school-sponsored and community-sponsored, are canceled. This includes high school athletic practices and games.
HCEA: All 10-month employees do not report.
HCEA/ESP: All 12-month ESP employees may report to work up to 90 minutes later than their regular starting time or exercise liberal leave. All 10-month and 11-month ESP employees, except for designated emergency personnel, will not report to work.
AFSCME: Employees may report to work up to one hour late. Employees who report to work on time, may leave work up to one hour early. Individuals designated as "emergency employees" are to follow the procedures established by their supervisor.
FOOD/NUTRITION SERVICES: Employees do not report to work.
HCAA: All 12-month administrators may report to work one hour late or request approved leave from the appropriate supervisor. All 11-month administrators and athletics and activities managers do not report.
Announcement Regarding Retiree Health Plans
As shared by the Superintendent at the December 4, 2013 Board meeting, the Howard County Public School System is committed to providing the same level of medical services to our retirees that are currently covered under their existing medical plans.
Staff continues to work diligently to address concerns regarding the new United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage Plan that is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. We appreciate the feedback received from HEART (the Association for HCPSS retirees) and other representatives of the retiree community, and will continue to collaborate with HEART as we move forward.
We understand that due to the aforementioned concerns some of our Medicare-eligible retirees have elected to sign up for an alternative medical plan, and we certainly respect those decisions. Although our current process does not allow retirees to rejoin our HCPSS medical plans, we will provide these retirees a one-time opportunity to "opt back in" to the HCPSS group retiree plan during our next open enrollment season.
We would not be the world-class school system we are today if it were not for the hard work and dedication of our retirees.
Open Contract Negotiations
HCPSS currently is in open contract negotiations with representatives from two of its unions: the Howard County Education Association (HCEA) and the Howard County Education Association-Education Support Professionals (HCEA-ESP). All meetings are open to the public.
Redistricting For 2014
Learn about the opening of Middle School 20 by visiting our School Planning section.
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