Howard County has prided itself on its ability to educate the special needs population, rather than sending students to nonpublic schools. However, recognizing how hard it was behaviorally and educationally for our community, Gov. Hogan allowed nonpublic schools to reopen this summer. HCPSS has developed a number of programs, including Multiple Intensive Needs Classrooms, Cedar Lane and the Homewood center to offer services of comparable intensity to nonpublic schools. Indeed, many of the interventions and classrooms are of a small size that could be delivered safely through masking of staff, “pods” and cleaning of buildings. I am sure HCPSS does not want the extreme expense of transferring large numbers of students to nonpublic schools, but yet it has not developed a plan to continue to deliver services on par.