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Special Education

The Howard County Public School System acknowledges and supports the rights of all students to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that will enable them to develop their unique talents and abilities, thus preparing them to participate in and serve their community with dignity and pride. We offer a continuum of services and programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

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Extended School Year (ESY)

The following are descriptions of Extended School Year options available in HCPSS:

In addition to the programs identified above, when the IEP team determines, based on data, that a student requires additional services beyond those provided during the typical ESY time period, a recommendation for customized options to supplement other summer services may be made by the team. These customized options are referred to as [bridge] services, as they “bridge” the time period between the end of our structured ESY summer options and the beginning of the school year (July 24 – August 18). The IEP team determines which goal(s) /objective(s) need to be addressed for these [bridge] services. Service hours are based on the unique, individualized needs of the student.

Learn more: ESY Parent Presentation (PDF)

Department of Special Education Strategic Action Plan

The Department of Special Education Strategic Action Plan is a working document developed by the department based on input from various stakeholder groups including teachers, administrators, parents, and related service providers.

There are parent members on each of the work groups. The work groups are ongoing and new strategies will be added based on the needs determined by the work groups. Updates will be posted quarterly.

There are currently four work groups, each assigned to address one of the four goal areas:

Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC) Executive Board

  • Lori Scott, Chair
  • Michelle Im, Vice Chair
  • Dannene Drummond, Secretary
  • Barb Krupiarz, Past Co-Chair
  • Jason Werther, Past Co-Chair

SECAC Chair e-mail:

Budget Information

Information and Resources

District Management Council (DMC)

Additional Information

Howard County Transition Council

Transition Council Executive Order

Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and IEP Process in Maryland (PDF) – A Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Parental Rights (PDF) – Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

Maryland’s Differences among Assessments Chart for Students Receiving Special Education Services(PDF)