Howard County Public School System
Event Management System

Based on the COVID-19 Pandemic, school facilities are closed for community use until further notice. We continue monitoring the pandemic conditions and will advise the community of any modifications to this decision. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 - continues to be of concern for Howard County residents, as well for those nationwide and around the globe. Any change in the HCPSS operating status will be found on our HCPSS Status website. See the HCPSS Coronavirus COVID-19 webpage for more information.

UPDATE: Occupant Safety in Assembly Occupancies -

Crowd Manager                  Occupant Load

         1                                     50 - 250 

         2                                    251 - 500 

         3                                    501 - 750 

         4                                    751 - 1000 

 For any public assembly, the using organization is required to have the proper number of accredited crowd manager(s) present at all times per maximum occupancy as specified by the Howard County Fire Marshal.


Under a Full Review and/or Development Policy 10020  – Use of School Facilities

Please note, dates are subject to change:

Board Report: May 14

Public Hearing: June 11

Board Action: June 25

Effective Date: July 1, 2020

During the development or revision period, comments and suggestions for changes to the policies under review can be submitted via email to and will be shared with the applicable committee chairs prior to the presentation of the proposed policy report to the Board of Education.

After presentation of the proposed policy to the Board of Education, the public are invited to submit written testimony at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at which the Board is scheduled to take action by email to or by letter to the Board of Education Office. The public may also testify in person at the public hearing. Equal consideration is given to written and oral testimony.  



HCPSS staff member will:

Remain at the main entrance until 15 minutes after start time of community use or until an additional authorized user has arrived to greet their attendees. Upon arrival of additional attendees, escort authorized community user(s) to their designated area(s), unlock only areas permitted, raise/lower basketball hoop, provide contact information and inform their location in the building and inspect existing condition of space being used (ensure area is safe and clean).

Check in every hour with group leader, inform leader if their location in the building changed.

At the conclusion, perform a final inspection with the group leader and address any concerns and document.
REMINDER: Distribution of Community Announcements and Flyers - Community organizations wishing to distribute flyers must have an approval letter from the Public Information Office prior to distribution. Organizations requesting electronic distribution of information/announcements must also be pre-approved, and these notices will be posted on the Community News and Programs web page.

Add dates to existing request, if needed. 
Do NOT create new request for the same school activity.



Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) may revise and update these Terms and Conditions at any time. Your continued usage of this website will mean you accept these changes, conditions and acknowledge receipt of Policy 10020 and all other related board policies.

On behalf of my organization, I, the user, attest to being at least 18 years of age. Also, I or any other individual will not personally profit in any way from this submission.  I am aware fees may be applicable in order for my organization to execute their use. I also understand my permit request is not reserved until I receive a final notice of approval from the Community Use of Facilities Office. I confirm, myself and all those associated with this organization agree all facility use is limited to the confirmed time and space as permitted.

In submitting this request, I have read and agree on behalf of my organization to comply fully with the HCPSS USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES POLICY 10020 and OTHER BOARD POLICIES. Failure to comply with the above named policy, guidelines and procedures will, among other things, result in cancellation or denial of HCPSS facility use. 

Per policy, “Any sale of food must be approved in advance by the Use of School Facilities Office and be in compliance with the Howard County Health Department regulations.”  

If you are unable to access the building at your approved time or need custodial assistance during your scheduled use call 443-472-5969.

PLEASE BE ADVISED if Energy was NOT requested, please revise online to add Energy if needed.
As of January 2015, a HVAC Tech fee ($69) may apply for late energy requests if technician is required.

If you experience heat/ac problems, a user group member must call 410-313-7091.  School staff members do NOT have the authority to make requests on another group's behalf.  

3 Days in Advance of Use or Holiday Closure
, EMS web users MUST make changes or cancel online when they will not be using previously requested space.  EMS web users can access all web submissions online by selecting “View My Requests” under Reservation tab to make changes/cancellations.  Date and time changes can be made by selecting “Booking Tools”.

 HCPSS Outdoor School Maps

Inclement Weather/Field Closure Hotline – 410-313-6827      


Food and beverage consumption is limited to Cafeteria space ONLY!  Food is NOT allowed in any classroom areas and is strictly enforced. 

** An online request must be submitted for each school **
Outdoor Areas   (Late requests processed on a first come first serve basis)

  Activity Period Submission Deadline 

Fall (Sept. 1 - Nov. 30)

June 1


Spring / Summer (Apr. 1 - Aug. 31)

January 1

Indoor Areas   (Late requests processed on a first come first serve basis)

  Activity Period

Submission Deadline 


Fall (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31)

June 1

Winter (Jan. 1 - Mar. 31)

October 1

Spring (Apr. 1 - June 30)

January 1

Summer (July 1 - Aug. 31)

April 1

HVAC turnover occurs (pending current temps) on or about April 15th and heating on or about October 15th As of January 2015, Energy not previously requested online may incur a HVAC Tech fee (minimum 4 hours/$69/hr) for late energy requests if technician is required.
1. School day (Monday-Friday) – Temperatures are to be maintained as follows:
    a. Classroom areas, portable classrooms, media centers, cafeterias, multipurpose rooms, administrative areas, and teacher planning areas will be 70˚F (+/- 2˚F).
     b. All other areas shall be set at 65˚F.
2. On days when school is not in session and overnight (one hour after dismissal of students), the temperature setting is to be 55˚F in all areas.
3. NO PORTABLE HEATERS will be used unless a mechanical failure necessitates supplemental heat.

SUMMER/COOLING SEASON OPERATING CONDITIONS - School day (Monday-Friday) – In spaces where cooling is available, temperature settings in all areas of the building being used will be 76˚F (+/- 2˚F). Air conditioning units will operate from one hour prior to approved school start time until one hour after dismissal of students. Following the end of the academic school year in June, air conditioning will be provided only to maintain the integrity of the building environment, to support HCPSS summer school services and for programs where the energy component is requested and paid for separately. Cooling schedules will be lengthened when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates a Code Orange or higher air quality day.

High School Auditorium Use - No tech services provided for Auditorium use beyond house lights up/down; work lights up/down.  No access to sound/lighting booth.  This applies to all high schools with the exception of JRT @Wilde Lake High. 

Use of High School athletic areas is with the understanding that school practices, games, and matches will be completed prior to community group use.
All Kitchen requests must be accompanied by a Cafeteria Worker Request prior to approval. Additional staffing fee may apply.  

New Year's Day    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day    
President's Day    
Spring Break
Memorial Day    
Independence Day   
Labor Day
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Election Days
Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday and Friday)
Winter Break

Unless otherwise requested, only one (1) custodian will be assigned.

                                  Jim Rouse Theatre contact Diane Caporaletti 410-313-8293

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