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
This is an important request of families with students in 4th through 12th grade.
If your student brought their HCPS-issued Chromebook or laptop home with them this weekend, please have them plug in the device to an electrical outlet, and power on the device. Please have your student sign in, and leave the device powered on for approximately one hour. This will prompt the device to receive required updates.
Allowing devices to update at home this weekend will save students and staff time completing the updates on their devices at school next week.
If your student’s device was left in the school, they will receive the updates when they log on at school and no further action is needed on your part.
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.
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