All Schools Operating on Normal Posted Schedule
*North Harford Middle School operates on the same schedule as North Harford High School.
**Bakerfield, Bel Air, Deerfield, Forest Lakes, Havre de Grace, Red Pump and William S. James
elementary schools operate on the fourth tier busing schedule, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
***Fourth tier busing schedule for prekindergarten, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as
early as possible on the
morning in question. In the vast majority of cases, this is prior to 5:00 a.m.
The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as early as possible on
the morning in question. In the vast majority of cases, this is prior to 5:00 a.m.
All public schools in Harford County will be closed on days when roads, school parking lots
and/or school driveways/walkways are considered unsafe for school bus transportation or
student/staff use. The decision to close is made by the superintendent of schools as early
as possible. If a closure or delay is necessary on the day of an inclement weather event,
efforts will be made to distribute that information by 5:00 a.m. The determination is made
after consulting with the state police, the HCPS transportation office, the sheriff’s
office, the state and county highway departments and other sources of information in
different parts of the county.
Some weather conditions make it advisable to delay the opening time of schools. In such
situations, the delayed prekindergarten plan will be in effect for half day programs
Any change from the normal school schedule as a result of inclement weather will be
communicated through our rapid telephone notification system, email, text message, Facebook,
Twitter and provided to radio and television stations for broadcast. In addition, changes to
the normal schedule will be listed on the HCPS website at www.hcps.org. Please note, we cannot control when the media posts
inclement weather updates.
Parents/Guardians always have the right to not send their children to school if they
feel travel conditions are unsafe. The student will be marked as lawfully
Announcements will only be made when there is an unscheduled change to the schools operating
schedule. No telephone calls or media announcements will be made when schools are operating
on a normal schedule. In order to keep school telephone lines open for emergency calls,
parents/guardians are urged not to call the school concerning closings or delays. This
information will be reported as soon as possible using the communication vehicles listed
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
September 28, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your efforts to keep our community healthy by monitoring your student(s) for symptoms of COVID-19 and complying with universal masking. This letter is to inform you of changes to how Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) will respond to COVID-19. These changes will begin today, Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
Starting today, the quarantine period will be reduced from fourteen days to ten days. We will also modify our student-to-student contact tracing; we will only identify student close contacts in situations where students are unmasked. Contact tracing investigations that involve contact with any staff members will remain unchanged. Students currently in quarantine were identified during higher transmission of COVID-19 so they will continue to quarantine, but they may return to school once 10 days have passed since their last exposure to a person with COVID-19.
Parents will be alerted via letter by school administration if their student is affected by a classroom or school outbreak. A hard copy of the letter may be sent home with the affected student and/or distributed via email. Outbreaks are determined by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), as defined here:
• Two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/teachers/staff with onsets (or, if asymptomatic, collection dates) within a 14-day period, and who are epidemiologically linked, but not household contacts.
• Three or more classrooms with cases from separate households that meet the classroom/cohort outbreak definition that occurs within 14 days; OR
• 5% or more unrelated students/teachers/staff have confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period [minimum of 10 unrelated students/teachers/staff].
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is watching the experience our greater Harford County community has with COVID-19, modifying protocols when appropriate, focusing on essential activities to a student’s learning, and creating unique safety plans for higher risk activities, such as dances. As such, starting November 15, 2021, HCPS will begin an after-school testing program for high school winter sports and fine arts. Students impacted by this program, which includes an opt-out for vaccinated students, will receive more details next month.
Please continue to monitor yourself and your student(s) for signs of illness, including?a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, new onset of severe headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss?of taste or smell. If you notice symptoms,?please stay home and?consult with your health care provider.? In addition, please continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by always maintaining maximum physical distance from others, wearing a face covering when you are out of your home, and washing your hands regularly.?If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please speak with your health care provider about being vaccinated.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community healthy.
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Harford County Public Schools
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text in our mass communications system on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Harford County Public Schools is joining efforts with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP) to offer FREE flu vaccinations at your child’s school in October. Your consent is required if you would like your child to be vaccinated for the flu at their school. You may give permission for your child to be vaccinated for the flu using (1) an online form found at https://tinyurl.com/HCPSFlu or (2) the hard copy form linked here. Parent/guardian consent is required by October 1, 2021, for your child to receive the flu vaccine at school. If you have specific questions about the flu vaccines being administered at the school clinics, please contact your child’s school nurse.
Instructions for completing the consent requirements:
A virtual Information Night regarding the Magnet and Technical programs offered by Harford County Public Schools has been scheduled for October 6, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. The programs that will be discussed include the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School; the Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School; the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Program at North Harford High School; the Oracle Academy at Havre de Grace High School; the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) Program at Joppatowne High School, the Teacher Academy of Maryland, and programs offered at Harford Technical High School.
Please visit www.hcps.org for information regarding HCPS Magnet programs, including Virtual Open House details. You can also contact your school of interest directly with questions or for more information.
In June of 2021, the Superintendent received boundary adjustment recommendations. These recommendations were from the Advisory Team charged to evaluate and develop potential solutions to balance enrollment throughout the HCPS school district. Since receiving the recommendations, the Superintendent has been working with HCPS staff to develop draft recommendations that will be presented to the public for additional input.
Thank you to all who have been involved in the process to date and have provided feedback during the first two phases of the process. The data gathered through community input provided the guidance needed by the Advisory Team. Stakeholder responses to surveys, attendance at various education forums, Board of Education meetings, and the many submissions of testimony and alternate suggestions have provided much-needed feedback throughout the process so far.
As we continue with the third phase of the process, we again ask for public involvement and feedback on the Superintendent’s recommendations to address overcrowding in our schools. Using this feedback, he will forward his recommendation to the Board of Education in October 2021. The Board of Education will make a final decision in February 2022.
The virtual public input forums will take place via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the dates below. During these forums, participants will be put into small discussion groups to provide feedback on the changes. For this reason, community members who plan to participate in a virtual forum are asked to register their intent to attend by clicking the date below. Please note, registration for an event will close 48 hours prior to the event date.
It is suggested the public participate in the forum associated with your secondary attendance area; however, participants are not required to attend the meeting with their attendance area listed. You may address any attendance area at any of the forums listed.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Fallston, Joppatowne, and North Harford)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, and Edgewood)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, and Patterson Mill)
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s draft recommendations, boundary maps, and map books associated with the boundary adjustments being proposed, are available on the Balancing Enrollment page on hcps.org.
Additionally, please be advised notifications and updates will be communicated via HCPS’ Connect5 phone, email, text, and posted to the HCPS Balancing Enrollment Webpage. You are encouraged to register for or update your information for HCPS communications at the links below. This will ensure you receive all direct mass communication about the balancing enrollment initiative as we move forward in the process.
Community Members https://hcpscommunityconnect.bbcportal.com/
Parents/Guardians - https://hcpsparentconnect.bbcportal.com/
Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
9/28/2021 11:09:13 AM