Distance Learning Reminders and Expectations

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:29am


As our Timberwolves engage in distance learning daily, I want to remind all  students and parents that the learning and behavioral expectations for virtual  learning still reflect HCPSS Student Code of Conduct policies and TVMS Pride  expectations. In order to ensure that all students have a positive, safe, and  nurturing distance learning experience, please review the following  expectations with your student. 

• Follow all HCPSS policies, paying particular attention to HCPSS Policy 8080  Responsible Use Technology and Social Media 

• Follow TVMS Wolf Pride expectations 

• Only use their HCPSS email account when entering a Google Meet virtual  check-in session. Teachers will only permit students into a Google Meet  virtual check-in session if they are using their HCPSS account, as students  can be identified through their HCPSS email account. Students (or  anyone) trying to access a Google Meet virtual check-in session without  an HCPSS email will not be permitted to enter.  

• Make sure comments (either verbal or in the chat) are  

appropriate. Inappropriate/offensive/threatening comments,  misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive participants (invited or  uninvited) during Google Meet virtual check-in sessions will not be  tolerated. 

• Not share login information or Google Meet virtual check-in  codes. Sharing login information or Google Meet virtual check-in codes  violates the confidentiality rights of other students and places them at risk  of having to witness disruptive behaviors from students who are not  members of the class or school community. 

• Only enter their class’ Google Meet virtual check-in session and should  exhibit appropriate behavior while in each Google Meet virtual check-in  session. Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” Google Meet virtual  check-in sessions will immediately be reported to an administrator and will  receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the HCPSS  Student Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in the temporary or  permanent loss of technology access, which will also result in a student's  inability to access Canvas and/or participate in Google Meet virtual  check-in sessions (in this case, assignments will be provided to  parents/guardians since students will not have access). 


*Additional reminders can be found in the Continuity of Learning Safety  Measures Canvas page at this link:  

https://hcpss.instructure.com/courses/122630/pages/google-meet-safety updates



As of today, September 21st, 75% of families have completed their student’s  Family File information. This means we still have 207 families who still need to  complete this task. All parents must verify or update information for each student  every school year even during virtual learning, to ensure HCPSS has the most  current information for each student. Staff will continue to call families to support  their completion of Family File for their student(s). 

You can access the Family File by logging into HCPSS Connect, selecting the  Family File tab on the left, and then selecting Family File. Once logged in,  parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the information  below.  

• Student information 

• Parent/guardian contact 

• Emergency contacts 

• Medical information 

• Arrival/dismissal procedures (for when in-person classes resume) • Media release (photo approval) 

• Data confidentiality 

• PTA/PTSA directory 

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot  Password” link on the sign-in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill  out the Connect Help Form. 

Important Note: A change of address may not be made through Family File. If  you have recently moved, please contact Amanda Peterson, School  Counseling Secretary, at amanda_peterson@hcpss.org

Parents new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome  email with instructions on how to activate an account. 


Student attendance in the 2020-2021 academic year will be much like  attendance when schools were open. Parents should notify the school in writing  that a student will miss school/class due to an illness, appointment, or other  excused absence.

A new dedicated attendance email has been established for parents to submit  attendance notes: TVMSAbsence@hcpss.org 

This email will be checked daily. Similar to the notes parents previously sent to  the school, the attendance secretary will enter student attendance, allowing  teachers to see if a student is missing class due to an excused absence. 

All attendance communication regarding missed school or classes must come  from a parent. Student notes or emails to teachers regarding missed classes or  work will not be considered acceptable to be marked excused.  


Lunch Bunches are for all students. It is a great way to get to know your new  peers or reconnect with friends. This is optional activity and not required for  students, however we hope to see you there. 

This week, on Tuesday, September 22nd, and Thursday, September 24th, Ms.  Harig and Ms. Quinn, School Counselors, will host the following lunch bunches: 

6th Grade Lunch Bunch: 11:00-11:30 a.m. 

Code: TVMS-LunchBunch-6 

7th Grade Lunch Bunch: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

Code: TVMS-LunchBunch-7 

8th Grade Lunch Bunch: 12:30-1:00 p.m. 

Code: TVMS-LunchBunch-8 


The TVMS PTSA will be holding its first meeting of the year on Wednesday,  September 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. in the TVMS parking lot. 

The 2020-2021 Executive Board will be elected at this meeting. 

Appropriate social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please bring a chair. If  it’s raining, please bring an umbrella as well. 

Please know that there will be no access to the school building.