Howard Co. schools make adjustments as flooding cleanup continues

WASHINGTON — The Howard County Public School System is making some adjustments to operations as students and staff head back to school after significant rainfall Sunday.

All schools will open as scheduled on Tuesday, although some bus stops near Main Street Ellicott City will be affected by the continued road closures in the area due to massive flooding, according to a press release from the school system.

Families who need to adjust their bus stop location due to the flood will be notified by their school on Monday evening, and those students who live near the impacted areas should plan to arrive at their bus stops 10 minutes earlier than their scheduled pickup time, according to the release.

The Howard County school system is assisting students and families who have been displaced as a result of the flooding. Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano has offered the Howard County executive any assistance and resources that they can provide, according to the release.

School graduations scheduled for Tuesday will happen as planned as all parking lots and entrances at Merriweather Post Pavilion are clear.

Student services staff will be available in every school on Tuesday to provide support to students and staff; parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the flooding and let them know that there is additional support if needed, the school system said.

In addition, the Howard County government has set up the rECovery website, which provides information on how to lend support. The government is asking that monetary donations be provided through the Community Foundation of Howard County’s website.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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