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 important information for families with students in first grade through twelfth grade.
For over 20 years, HCPS school counselors have administered needs assessments. The results of the assessment are used to determine how HCPS staff can provide more direct, and specific supports to our students. In the past, we have not sent a communication making families aware of the upcoming needs assessment, but we understand that some families would like to know more about how HCPS collects information to better support your student in school. We hope you will encourage your child to share their true thoughts and feelings as we look to provide as supportive and nurturing a school environment as possible for all students.
Students do not have to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment with the school counselor and can let their school counselor know if they do not want to participate. You may also send an email to your student’s school counselor to make them aware if you do not want your child to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment.
9/23/2022 4:30 PM
The 2023-2024 HCPS School Year Operational Calendar was presented to the Board of Education at the September 19, 2022 Board Business meeting. The Board will accept feedback on the proposed calendar for 60 days. At the conclusion of the 60 days of public comment, the calendar committee will review feedback received, determine if adjustments are needed to the proposed calendar, then present a final draft of the calendar to the Board of Education in December for a vote. You can view the calendar presentation from the Board of Education meeting in its entirety here.
After reviewing the presentation, click here to review the proposed calendar and provide your support of the proposed calendar or your suggested edits.
9/21/2022 10:00 AM
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