The following message will be sent to all students/families at 11:00 a.m.:
Good morning. This is an important message regarding P-EBT, a new pandemic program that provides food benefits to children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. ALL HCPS families inadvertently received correspondence indicating they were eligible for the P-EBT program. While the error was identified, mailings of letters and P-EBT cards were already underway.
If you receive the letter and card and do qualify for the benefit, the appropriate funds will be available on your card.
If your family has received the letter and card in error, and you do not have a child eligible for the benefit, there will not be any funds available on the P-EBT card and you may dispose of the letter and card.
If you have questions about the funds on your card, please follow the instructions on the letter and visit www.dhs.maryland.gov/p-EBT for additional information. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JULY 13, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On July 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
This information will be sent to all current Kindergarten through grade 8 (entering grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year) families on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
This summer, HCPS is introducing, Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through incoming grade nine (for the 2020-21 school year) HCPS students. Stars of Summer participants will have unique opportunities to explore and engage in experiences catered to their age group from July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday. Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Class sizes will be capped at fifteen students so be sure to tune in July 1 for the program information release and save the dates, July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday to participate in Stars of Summer!
Information will be released on hcps.org as well as on HCPS social media channels on July 1. If you have an email address in our mass communication system, we will also email the program information directly to you on July 1. Once the information is released, parents and guardians can find registration information at hcps.org.
The following information will be shared with parents/guardians of middle and high school students via Connect5, our mass communication system, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
As shared in April, all parents and guardians have access to an electronic report card for the fourth quarter and moving forward. The Home Access Center, or HAC, is an online portal that allows parents and guardians to log in and view information pertaining to their child’s attendance, classes, grades, and registration information. Please note that HAC allows one account to be established per child.
If you have not established a HAC account yet, you will need to create an account. Directions to set up an account are posted on the COVID-19 webpage on hcps.org. A HAC account will need to be established in order to access your child’s report card. Grades are to be posted on HAC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Parents who have technical difficulties establishing a HAC account should contact HomeAccessCenter@hcps.org for assistance. Parents with students in middle and high school should contact their administrator or school counselor with non-technical questions.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JUNE 22, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On June 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
An Important Message from Superintendent Bulson
DIGITAL COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATIONS
Official End of Year Calendar Information
Dr. Bulson has shared in his messages that we were anticipating June 16, 2020 as the last student day for students in kindergarten through grade 11. We are excited to announce that we have received approval from MSDE of the waiver HCPS requested in order to make this calendar official!
So let's make it OFFICIAL! The last day for students:
June 12, 2020- Last day for prekindergarten students
June 16, 2020- Last day for students in kindergarten through grade 11
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – June 8, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
On June 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2020.
The following information must be provided on the contact form:
School Pick-Up and Drop-Off
In his last message, Dr. Bulson shared that staff were working on a plan to return students personal items and collect HCPS items from students.Here are the windows for pick-up/drop off of personal/HCPS items at each grade level. If you haven't already, you will receive additional information and details from your school including your scheduled date/time for pick-up/drop-off!
Online Registration for Students New to HCPS for the 2020-2021 School Year
Online registration is available for students entering HCPS for the 2020-2021 school year from Kindergarten through grade 12. Visit "Register Your Student" on hcps.org for more information. Information about early entrance, or advanced placement, transfers, and more, is available on this document on the "Register Your Student" page on our website.
HCPS Class of 2020: Road to Graduation
View Superintendent Bulson's message to graduating seniors here. Included in his message is a schedule of events including in-person, individual commencement experiences.
Elementary Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences for Fourth Quarter
The following message is being sent to Parents/Guardians of students in PreKindergarten through Grade 5 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via our mass communication system.
As you are aware, elementary schools will be utilizing a parent-teacher conference format for the fourth quarter. This structure will provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to have a conversation regarding the work your child completed during at-home learning. Conferences will be approximately 15 minutes in length and will be held during a 2-week conference window from June 2-15, 2020.
Please expect communication from your child's school or teacher to share their process to identify the best date and time for conducting your child’s conference.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – MAY 18, 2020
On May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM. Community members who wish to submit a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.
An Important Message from the Office of Special Education
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we near the end of the eighth week of school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Special Education hopes that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. In our last communication on April 13, we announced that case managers would be reaching out to garner input from families for individualized distance learning plans. A recent review of completed plans reveals that over 90% of our families have communicated with their special education case manager to craft an individualized plan and to support the delivery of special education during the school closure. We want to thank all of you for your flexibility and support through this process.
Since our last communication there have been several updates regarding the education of students during the pandemic. A recent communication from MSDE entitled, “A Parents Guide: Navigating Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic" can be viewed here. The guide summarizes the realities of education during the closure, includes answers to frequently asked questions, and of particular importance, offers a list of the local resources and services, with email addresses and phone numbers, to support families.
Finally, we are nearing the deadline (May 18) for completion of MSDE’s Parent Survey. If you have not done so, please give us your input regarding Special Education in Harford County Public Schools by completing this online survey. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.mdparentsurvey.com.
We appreciate the on-going support of all of our families and community members who continue to partner with us to deliver special education to our students.
Director of Special Education
Important Message from Superintendent Bulson
A Special Message for the Senior Class of 2020
The Digital Learning survey can be accessed here. The 2020 Census can be accessed here.
An Important Message from Dr. Bulson
In my video message last week, I shared that Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) has developed a survey to gather more information related to digital learning as we continue to work with our Board of Education and other members of our leadership team to determine the best way to increase our digital learning capacity and initiatives going into the next school year.
To better understand how we can serve our school community in this way, we are asking all students, parents/guardians, staff members, and community members to participate in a short online survey about digital learning during the school closure as a result of COVID-19. For our student population, the survey is open to those in grades 3-12. We encourage their participation and understand that some students - especially those in the younger grades - may want or need to take the survey with the assistance of a parent/guardian.
All information provided in survey responses will remain confidential by HCPS and will only be reported collectively.
We hope you will take this survey to provide us with valuable data that will help inform future decisions on digital learning; however, participation in the survey is voluntary and not mandatory.
To take the 3-5 minute survey now, click here. The survey link is also accessible from our website, hcps.org. I thank you, in advance, for your time and valuable feedback.
Please continue to stay healthy and take care of one another.
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Harford County Public Schools
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – MAY 4, 2020
On May 4, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM. Community members who wish to submit a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020.
The following information must be provided on the contact form:
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Registration POSTPONED
The prekindergarten, early entrance, and advanced placement applications, as well as kindergarten registration and waivers were scheduled to begin the first Friday in May. However, due to the current health crisis in Maryland, these procedures will need to be rescheduled. HCPS is looking into alternative viable dates and methods for the application, waiver, and registration process for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please continue to check the HCPS website for further instructions regarding this matter. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Home Access Center (HAC) Information
All parents and guardians with students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade, will have access to an electronic report card for the third quarter and moving forward. The Home Access Center, or HAC, is an online portal that allows parents and guardians to log in and view information pertaining to their child’s attendance, classes, grades, and registration information.
If you have not established a HAC account yet, you will need to create an account. Directions to set up an account are posted on the COVID-19 webpage on hcps.org. You can also click here to access the directions. A HAC account will need to be established in order to access your child's report card. Grades are to be posted on HAC by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020. Parents who are unable to establish a HAC account should contact HomeAccessCenter@hcps.org for assistance.
Pre-K report cards will be sent by email. If there are any additional questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN APRIL 20, 2020 BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
On April 20, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Business Meeting of the Board of Education of Harford County will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
An Important Message about Fourth Quarter Grading for Middle and High School
Don't forget to visit our COVID-19 webpage for the HCPS FAQ that is regularly updated with important information for students and families.
The most recent addition to the FAQ? A document from the office of secondary education to help students and parents/guardians understand how fourth quarter grades will be calculated.
This message will sent via the mass communication system on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Dear Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Families,
On March 16, 2020, HCPS closed schools, at the direction of Governor Hogan, in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. At the onset of the closure, HCPS curriculum and instruction staff prepared learning packets to maintain the continuity of learning while, at the same time, encouraging families to focus on health and safety.
The Office of Special Education has been diligently reviewing guidance from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to continue to move forward with special education services during this closure. We will be utilizing a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to allow students to continue to receive special education.
According to guidance issued by MSDE on April 2, 2020:
"...it is not necessary for the local school system to convene an IEP meeting IF you and your school staff can agree on the services your child will receive during this time that schools are closed."
Understanding that some of the guidance may change as the pandemic progresses, HCPS Office of Special Education has begun operating on the following timeline in order to support students and families:
March 30 – April 9 Special Education staff prepare progress notes for third quarter. Reporting of progress to be sent via e-mail on or before April 24.
April 14 – April 24 Case managers continue to complete student/family check-ins and begin to draft the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) with individual families.
We look forward to working with you to deliver special education to students throughout the pandemic. We will face difficult challenges during the closure, but we know that you will partner with us in finding the best solutions possible given the current circumstances. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of every individual student and family. Please continue to take advantage of all school and county resources.
Michael J. Thatcher
Director of Special Education
Holiday Closure and Additional Meal Resources
As a reminder, Harford County Public Schools will be closed Friday, April 10, 2020 and Monday, April 13, 2020 with a three hour early closure on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
In response to the scheduled closure, this Thursday, April 9, 2020, an additional meal bag will be available for each child at every meal site during regular distribution hours. The additional meal bag, which includes items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is intended to provide food support to our families who may need additional resources during this difficult time.
For additional meal site information, visit www.hcpsmenus.com.
A Message from Superintendent Bulson
This week, teachers and other instructional staff returned to work in this new and evolving environment of school closures and stay-at-home orders. Our goal was for our schools to reestablish contact with students. I want to thank our employees for their persistence in reaching out to families and beginning the process of helping our students continue their learning at home. Our continuity of learning plan cannot replace face-to-face instruction, but we are committed to improving our ability to support student learning every week we are closed.
I also want to thank our dedicated Food and Nutrition staff who are now distributing meals at 21 different sites across the county. Today we served over 10,000 meals to 3,500 students, and demand for meals continues to increase daily.
Please continue to monitor the HCPS Coronavirus web page for updates and the latest system news about the ongoing pandemic. This week we updated our Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance related to third quarter grades and continuity of learning. The site also contains the latest information on food distribution, event and activity cancellations, as well as links to important local, state, and national resources.
I know this is a difficult time for everyone and I want to thank you for your patience and understanding. I am confident we will get through this together!
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,
Sean Bulson, Ed.D.
Harford County Public Schools
Monday, March 30, 2020, your student's teacher will reach out to you. Teachers are working from home, so you may get a call from a blocked or private number. We will encourage teachers to leave a message indicating a time they will call back if you do not pick up. Please be on the lookout for these calls.
Our goal for this week, as teachers and other instructional staff return to work, is to re-establish contact with students and identify the best ways to be in touch during the closure.
Yesterday, in conjunction with Governor Hogan’s press conference, State Superintendent of schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, closed all Maryland public schools through April 24, 2020.
In preparation for an extended closure, we have developed Recommended Learning Experiences for families to use with their children over the next two weeks. Those resources are now available on our website, hcps.org for families to access electronically. To access the documents, open the COVID-19 page on our website and click the Out-of-School Curriculum Materials tab. You will then need to enter your child’s student ID number so we may confirm which families have accessed the online resources.
To maintain social distancing practices, it is best if families access the materials electronically. However, beginning today, March 26, and tomorrow, March 27, families who cannot access them in that manner may obtain printed copies of the Recommended Learning Experiences by visiting one of the 19 meal sites throughout the county, as well as John Archer, Fallston High, Norrisville Elementary, and North Bend Elementary schools. Materials will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On a related note, we are adding two new meal sites today and two additional sites on Monday, so please visit hcpsmenus.com to see the list of sites to be used for food and materials distribution and for news about new sites we may add in the future.
Over the next two weeks our teachers and staff will be re-establishing contact with all students and they will begin providing support and guidance to help with the Learning Experiences materials.
Throughout this crisis, we ask you to continue following the directions and guidance from the Governor to practice social distancing and refrain from any unnecessary travel. Over the last two weeks we have all encountered significant changes in our personal and professional lives, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding moving forward through these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our students and community members is our first priority, so thank you for everything you have been doing toward that end.
Sean Bulson, Ed.D
Harford County Public Schools
As schools across the country confront the effects of COVID-19, I want to thank you, the parents
and guardians, our students, and our staff, for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as
we face this challenge together.
At this time, we have no formal announcement from State authorities about how much longer we
should expect to remain closed. HCPS is not equipped to deliver comprehensive online instruction
to our students. However, we continue to seek additional information about access to technology
for the households of our students and staff members. I want to thank you for the more than
20,000 responses we received to our digital survey for families and the over 2,500 responses we
received from staff as we look to the future of how instruction may be delivered in our school
system. The preliminary information we have learned from the responses is helping us better
understand the steps we will need to take in the event we stay closed beyond March 27. Please
submit your responses by 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 20, when the survey will officially
I also understand that future school-related dates and events are at the forefront of your
minds. I have received questions on everything from grades, to testing, to graduation credits
and other end-of-year events. As soon as we have greater clarity about when we will return to
school, I will ensure we communicate clear decisions about those events as quickly as possible.
I want to thank our food and nutrition department who has been preparing and distributing
breakfast, lunch, and dinner “to go” at sites throughout the county. If you are not able to
access a meal site or need additional assistance, I encourage you to call 2-1-1 or reach out to
the Harford Community Action Agency.
Please follow local health department and county government social media pages as well as the
site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest guidance. We will
continue to provide new information about Harford County Public Schools via our website, social
media channels, and of course, through this channel.
I look forward to speaking with you again next week and I hope you have a wonderful evening.
Food Services Information
Information about food services for students is posted on www.hcpsmenus.com and will continue to be updated as it
Effective tomorrow, March 18, 2020, two new locations have been added: Bel Air Elementary and
Dublin Elementary Schools. Please check www.hcpsmenus.com for additional sites, operating hours,
A Survey from HCPS in Response to COVID-19
Harford County Public Schools staff are continuing to work diligently to ensure plans are in
place for any additional actions that may need to be taken in response to COVID-19. Please click here to
complete the survey to determine the level of access to our online resources that may be
utilized, should it be necessary to provide additional instructional
resources for students to access from home beyond this initial 2-week closure.
Harford County Public Schools Operations Update
Most HCPS 12-month employees will be expected to work from home beginning tomorrow, Tuesday,
March 17, 2020. Critical staff will be in buildings to ensure things like cleaning, food
preparation, and payroll continue, but please note that our buildings and property will not be
open to the public beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020; this includes all tracks,
fields, and playgrounds. All afterschool/evening and weekend activities remain canceled. This
means all sports practices and competitions are canceled until schools reopen. Teams should not
gather or practice on or off school grounds.
If you did not contact your child’s school nurse last week to pick up medications from the
nurses suite, please utilize the COVID-19 hotline or email address, available on the HCPS
website, to make pick-up arrangements.
Meal delivery sites where breakfast and dinner will be delivered with lunches, are listed on www.hcpsmenus.com.
We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Harford County Public Schools Closure Information for Parents/Guardians and
All afterschool/evening, and weekend activities are canceled today, Friday, March 13, 2020.
Today, daycares in HCPS buildings will remain open for one hour beyond the end of the school
As shared yesterday, all Maryland public school systems will be closed from March 16-27. We are
awaiting guidance from the Maryland State Department of Education as to whether these days will
be made up or waived by the state.
The instructional packet coming home today is also available on our website by clicking here, in addition to being shared via
the Home Access Center, or HAC.
Food and Nutrition information, including menus and distribution locations, will be on www.hcpsmenus.com as soon as it is
available. If you have not done so already, please call your school if you need to make
arrangements to pick up your child’s medication.
Harford County Public Schools has created a webpage with additional resources; you can access it
by clicking on the COVID-19 button at the top of our website or by clicking here. The attached is an overview of
how to access this and additional resources.
12-month employees are to continue to report to work as normally scheduled, Custodians will work
with their supervisor to determine their work schedule; 11-month employees should await further
instruction from their supervisor; 10-month employees do not report as of March 16, 2020. If
there are changes to this work schedule, employees will be contacted via our normal avenues of
communication. All 10 and 12 month employees will continue to be paid according to our
originally published pay schedule.
We will share additional information as it becomes available.
State Superintendent Announces all Maryland Public School Systems Closed March 16-27,
As you may be aware, at a press conference held today at 4:15 p.m., State Superintendent Karen
Salmon announced that all Maryland public school systems, including Harford County Public
Schools, will be closed March 16 through March 27, 2020. All school sanctioned travel is
canceled effective immediately. During this time of closure, buildings and school buses will be
cleaned and disinfected. Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020, there will be no school-sanctioned
travel, which includes field trips, and there will be no afterschool/evening activities.
Tomorrow, your student will bring home instructional materials to be completed during the
system-wide closure. This information will be accessible on HCPS.org. This is an evolving
situation and we will provide additional information as it becomes available. Staff will receive
additional guidance as soon as possible. As Governor Hogan stated in his press conference, “we
are all in this together,” and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
An Important Message on COVID-19 or Coronavirus
In response to the rapidly changing information that we receive about COVID-19, we are canceling
out-of-state field trips and staff school or business related travel, until further notice.
all schools have been directed to ensure students and staff are given the opportunity to wash
hands, with soap and water, particularly before and after meals, but also as needed throughout
school day. The expectation to allow time for students to wash their hands with soap and water
throughout the day may cause delays or changes to schedules and we ask for your patience and
understanding at this time. In addition, we remind staff, students, and guests that we ask you
stay home from school if you have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Remember that you should not
return to work or school until you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing
for at least 24 hours or as directed by your healthcare provider. To encourage our community to
us in this practice, we are suspending all "perfect" attendance awards or programs at this time.
This information is also available on our website, and will be shared on our Facebook page. We
continue to update you as we receive additional advice and guidance from our healthcare partners
throughout the county.
In light of the governor’s press release confirming a case of COVID-19 in Harford County, we are
reaching out to reassure you that we are continuing close and frequent conversations with the
Harford County Health Department and continue to receive guidance from the Maryland Department
Health and the Center for Disease Control, or CDC.
Last week, we shared a list of things that we as a community can do in an effort to prevent
spreading any illnesses. That list remains on the HCPS website. We also ask you to assist us and
adhere to the following:
Staff, students, parents/guardians, and guests are asked to stay home from school if
have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Remember that you should not return to work or school
until you have been fever- free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24
hours or as directed by your healthcare provider.
The Maryland Department of Health encourages anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to
the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, at 410-517-3720, and asks that Maryland
dial 2-1-1 with all other questions. We encourage you to follow the Harford County Health
Department, Maryland Department of Health and CDC on their social media platforms for the most
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow.
As coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in China and subsequent positive cases in the United
continues, our school system and Harford County Health Department are fielding an increasing
of questions from parents and residents. Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases,
are working closely together and receiving guidance from the Harford County Health Department,
Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is important to understand that as of the time of this message, we have no confirmed cases of
coronavirus in Harford County or Maryland. This is a rapidly changing situation, and one which
are monitoring closely. If necessary, Harford County Public Schools does have a pandemic
plan. These plans are updated as needed to reflect the specific nature of the current health
as new information about the virus becomes available.
While there is not an imminent health threat at this time, we ask parents and guardians to
to be vigilant in your efforts to keep your students and community healthy. We have attached
additional information as well as posted it on the HCPS website and Facebook page, including
precautions to avoid exposure to the virus; they are the same precautions you would take to
the flu. Just a reminder, students should stay home from school until they have been fever free
without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
Thank you for your attention to this public health concern. We will continue our partnerships
public health experts and will update you when new relevant information is available.
ATTACHMENT: COVID-19 Letter 2-26-2020
The student ID number is the same as the Food & Nutrition PIN. The student ID number may also be found on prior report cards or progress reports.
If you do not have the student ID number, email User.Support@hcps.org ; provide your full legal name, relationship to the student and the student’s name in the message.
Meals will be offered to students outside of the designated locations listed below. (Signage will
posted to assist in locating the HCPS delivery vans.) Meal service will begin on Tuesday, March 17,
2020, and will remain available for the duration of
the closure. Meals will be provided to all children, ages 2-18, without charge. Please see the above
press release for more information.
Update: Children do NOT need to be present with a parent/guardian for food pick-up at any of our meal sites.
Parent/guardian must provide child's name at time of pick-up.
As a reminder, all children age 18 and under and/or any HCPS student, regardless of age, will receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup. Children do not have to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals. You can go to any meal distribution location. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day.
Food services hours and locations have been updated and are posted on
Please check back regularly as this site will continue to be updated as new information becomes
Where can I find additional resources on COVID-19?
Harford County Health Department
Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Last Updated 3/13/2020
What resources are available for sharing information about the virus with my child(ren)?
Child Mind Institute: How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus
American School Counselor Association
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Coronavirus
More cancellations may be added to this page as more information becomes available.
The following is a message shared on behalf of International Baccalaureate Programme:
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.
For any other questions, please contact Jamie.Childs@hcps.org
The following is a message shared on behalf of College Board:
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Advanced Placement teachers received information from College Board regarding AP exams. The information in the email included AP instructional supports, as well as testing scenarios for the remainder of the school year. At this time, the 2019-2020 exam will be administered online at home and last for 45-minutes. The exam will be essay-style with no multiple choice. Students who registered for the test earlier this school year received a similar email Monday, March 23, 2020. For more information on instructional supports and testing scenarios, please click here.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons reinforce content and are designed to be used alongside content and concepts already covered by teachers. Additionally, the lessons are recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time. Click here to access the resources.
For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students may opt to take a 45-minute online exam at home. Please note: Students who do not wish to take the exam may cancel without a cancellation fee.
The Office of Personalized Learning continues to monitor changes in the AP test. Please visit www.collegeboard.org for more up to date information or follow The College Board on Twitter @collegeboard.
24/7 helpline to help families access food, emergency housing, medical care, day care,
and utility assistance.
Provides assistance to help all Harford County individuals and families who are
experiencing financial hardships in meeting their housing, food, energy/heating, and/or
budget and family counseling needs.
On-site information and referral to link clients with additional social services and
benefits offered throughout the county to help them maintain self-sufficiency while also
Harford County Education Foundation is supporting our children during this unprecedented time by providing families with the necessary tools and supplies to support learning at home. These resources can be found on our website at www.harfordeducation.org/home-learning-resources. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or use the form on the Home Learning Resources page on the website.
The Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19.
Those eligible for MCHP are uninsured children under age 19, whose household modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is at or below 211% of the federal poverty level (FPL) for their family size. In 2020, this was about $4,608/month for a family of four. If a family's income is greater, they may still be eligible for MCHIP Premium which requires a small monthly premium.
Benefits for children include doctor’s visits, hospital care, lab tests, dental and vision care, immunizations, prescriptions, mental health services and transportation to medical appointments.
It's easy to apply online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov. or by calling Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).
Need more information? Reach out to your school nurses via email for assistance.
MPT and public TV stations WETA and WHUT in Washington, D.C., have launched At-Home Learning, a coordinated weekday schedule of educational TV programming and online resources, designed to provide equitable access to distance learning content, supplement school instruction, and support parents with their new learning-at-home environment.
At-Home Learning includes a grade-level TV schedule, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. connected with digital and unplugged grade-level learning resources (PreK-grade 12) in subject areas, viewing guides, and a toolkit of curated resources for parents/families and educators with strategies, tips, and activities for remote learning.
Mpt.org/education is where you'll find online access to all of our resources.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 19, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021
OPEN SESSION: 5:45 PM - 5:50 PM
This meeting will be conducted virtually with no public attendance due to the brief nature of this meeting and the logistical issues regarding allowing public attendance in advance of the 6:30 p.m. meeting. *The only item the Board will consider during this open meeting is consideration of meeting in a closed session.
CLOSED SESSION: 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM
BUSINESS MEETING: 6:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT
This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid fashion and public attendance will be permitted as explained below:
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:20 PM AND THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County will hold a hybrid Business Meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of the A.A. Roberty Building with Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance both virtually and in-person. A 60-seat capacity will be available to the public. Seats will be available on a first come-first served basis. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Public Comment Participation Call-In Process
Community members who wish to provide comments virtually during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form.
Registrations must be received by 9:00 AM on Monday, October 25, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
1. First and Last name
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number
4. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person
- Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
- Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 25, 2021.
- Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
- If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting, you will be greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time in the virtual lobby may vary based on number of registered speakers. The maximum wait time in the lobby is 30 minutes; should you be disconnected please call back.
Public Comment Participation In-Person Process
Persons who are attending the meeting in person, as provided above, may make in-person public comment. Board Comment cards will be available for Board meeting attendees prior to the Board Meeting for sign-up. Board Comment Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
The Board has authorized public comment as follows:
- Board policy permits speaker three (3) minutes to provide comments. However, Board policy authorizes the Board to reduce the amount of time allocated to each speaker if allocating 3 minutes to each speaker will impede the Board’s ability to complete scheduled business. It is anticipated that in light of the number of speakers at recent Board meetings, the Board will reduce the amount of time allocated to each speaker. Consequently, please be prepared to abbreviate your comments.
- The Board will receive in-person public comment first and virtual public comment second. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
- Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
- Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel are not permitted. Speakers who engage in these comments will be reminded of the rules and the Board reserves the right to remove the speaker.
- All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 18, 2021
HCPS FY23 Budget Input Sessions and Survey available
This is a reminder that attendees are asked to register by 5:00 p.m. TONIGHT to attend one of the two virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Sessions to be held this week. If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to complete the FY23 Budget Survey, linked below.
On Wednesday October 20 and Thursday October 21, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Bulson will share his comments regarding the FY2023 budget and will provide an opportunity for small group discussions via Microsoft Teams meetings. Community members who plan to participate in the virtual session are asked to register via the links listed below by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Click here to register for the Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Session from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Click here to register for the Thursday, October 21, 2021 Virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Session from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
If you have registered to attend, you will receive the link to join the meeting approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folder. If you do not receive the link, please email email@example.com for additional information.
If you are unable to participate in the virtual input sessions, please complete the FY23 Budget Survey. The survey will be available through midnight on Friday, October 29, 2021.
The input you provide at the input sessions or via the survey is crucial to the process of shaping the next HCPS budget. We appreciate you sharing your time and comments.
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s proposed budget will be presented to the Board of Education in January 2022. Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 13, 2021
The following information will be sent to families of students in selected classes at HCPS middle and high school via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system through the end of November.
Your student will be given the opportunity to participate in the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior and Tobacco Survey, conducted by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The survey was designed by the CDC to identify risk behaviors and may include questions about safety practices, such as use of helmets and seat belts; depression and mental health; use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; nutrition and physical activity; and sexual behavior. MSDE requires each local school system to administer the survey. The survey is voluntary for students, and you have the opportunity to review the survey and opt out for your student by accessing the Parental “Opt-out” form available on our website, hcps.org. You can access the information and links by clicking "Learn More" in the top right corner of hcps.org; or by visiting the Resources for Parents webpage. Those with email addresses in the system will receive the link via email with this communication. If you would like to opt out, please return the completed form to your student’s homeroom teacher prior to the survey, which will be administered next week. If you have any questions about the survey, you are encouraged to visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/ for additional information.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 5, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families via phone and email via our mass communications system Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Parent/Guardian Permissions are collected annually by Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) for each student. Collecting this information ensures HCPS is complying with a variety of local, state, and federal requirements, and legal obligations.
If you have not completed the Parent/Guardian Permissions for the 2021-2022 school year, please go online to https://registration.hcps.org/ to complete the Parent/Guardian Permissions for your student(s). The page can sometimes take a moment to load; please allow additional time for loading. If you have any trouble logging in or completing this form, please click contact us! at the bottom of the registration.hcps.org page.
If you need to complete a paper copy of the Parent/Guardian Permission Form, please contact your student’s school.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Per Harford County Public Schools board policy, the proposed 2022-2023 school calendar is open for 60 days of public comment. This year, a survey to help collect input has been posted on hcps.org on the Board of Education page. HCPS staff, parents/guardians, students, and community members are asked to review the two proposed calendars and provide feedback. The deadline for completion is Friday, November 26, 2021.
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
10/20/2021 2:42:18 PM