Important News & Upcoming Events

LightSpeed for Parents

New Lightspeed Parent Portal Parents/guardians now may select to receive Lightspeed weekly emails summarizing their student’s HCPSS Chromebook internet usage. The same email contains an option to sign up for the Lightspeed Parent Portal, which provides near real-time information on a student’s HCPSS Chromebook internet activity, and offers the ability to pause web browsing and block social media sites when not on the HCPSS network. Learn more about Lightspeed for parents/guardians online.

March Madness Basketball Centennial Vs. Homewood

Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 9:45am to 11:00am

Change to Instagram Access

Change to Instagram Access on HCPSS Instructional Network After careful consideration of the impact of social media on student well-being and academic focus, as well as Instagram terms of use, effective Monday, Feb. 26, Instagram will be blocked on the instructional network at all times for elementary and middle schools, and during the instructional day (7:50 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.) at the high school level.

Homewood Attendance Information and Resources

2023-24 Homewood Attendance Information and Resources September 18, 2023 Research is clear that showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic and social success, starting from pre-kindergarten and continuing through high school. Missing 10% (or about 18 days of a school year or 2 a month) can drastically affect a student’s academic success at each grade level. By the 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that can indicate if a student is at risk for dropping out of high school. In the 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. Please help us support a culture of showing up to school every day! Please review Policy 9010: If your student is absent or will be absent, please contact us at the following email address to explain the reason: In the email please Include the following Student First and Last Name Grade Reason for absence (e.g., illness, bereavement, observance of a religious holiday, lack of transportation) Discretionary Days HCPSS students are granted 3 days a year to use at their discretion for scheduled interviews with prospective employers, visits to post-secondary institutions, family trips, civic engagement, and other special events. Such absences may not occur during exam or state-mandated testing periods unless authorized by the principal/designee. A written request for such absences to be lawful/excused should be submitted at least one week in advance to the principal/designee. Please download the PDF fillable Discretionary Absence Form and email it to The form is also available in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish If you are requesting a day for a religious holiday not identified by the Howard County Public School System school calendar, please download the PDF fillable Religious Obligation Form and email it to With the collaborative effort of HCPSS parents, staff and students, we are confident that all students can have successful attendance. This will improve student success in school and in future life!

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Howard County CareApp

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Homewood Student Support Fund

Would you like to donate to the Homewood Center? It is easy! Check out our Homewood Student Support Fund

Student Transcript Requests-Now by Email

Please note that if a student needs a transcript, they can request it by emailing:

HCPSS Community News and Programs

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 9:15am

Essential Applications & Resources