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Harford County Public Schools is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and is working continuously with local and state health officials as new information becomes available.

If you have a question or concern that is not addessed on this resource page, please complete the contact form.  All inquiries are collected and reviewed, and this webpage is updated accordingly.  In addition, questions may be sent via email to COVID19questions@hcps.org
 


  HCPS Communications

May 21, 2020

An Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

May 19, 2020

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!

School Pick-Up and Drop-Off.  Elementary May 19 - June 1.  Middle June 1 - 5. Seniors June 8 - 12. Grades 9 - 11 June 15 - 19. To help keep everyone safe: Arrive at your scheduled time. No congregating will be permitted.  Wear your masks!  Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart.  Showing signs of illness?  Please stay home and contact your school administrator for guidance.
School Pick-Up and Drop-Off.  Elementary May 19 - June 1.  Middle June 1 - 5. Seniors June 8 - 12. Grades 9 - 11 June 15 - 19. To help keep everyone safe: Arrive at your scheduled time. No congregating will be permitted.  Wear your masks!  Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart.  Showing signs of illness?  Please stay home and contact your school administrator for guidance.
May 18, 2020

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.

Online Registration. For new and incoming students entering grades K-12 in the 2020-2021 school year! 1. On www.hcps.org click About Us and Our Schools.  2. Visit the website of the school your child will attend.  3. Click the Online Registration link.  4. Follow the instructions.
Online Registration. For new and incoming students entering grades K-12 in the 2020-2021 school year! 1. On www.hcps.org click About Us and Our Schools.  2. Visit the website of the school your child will attend.  3. Click the Online Registration link.  4. Follow the instructions.
May 14, 2020

An Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

May 13, 2020

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.

May 12, 2020

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.


The following information must be provided on the contact form:
  1. Please include "Comment for May 18, 2020 Board Meeting" at the top of your contact form message
  2. First and last name
  3. Email and phone number
  4. Address
Important:
  • Comments received by 12:00 p.m. on May 18, 2020 will be read into the record during the public comment segment of the Business meeting. Comments received after the 12:00 p.m. deadline will not be read into the record during the Business meeting.
  • 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 and specific student disciplinary matters will not be read into the record.
  • Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel will not be read into the record.
  • The Presiding Officer(s) will not read a comment that does not conform to the rules of the Board regarding public comment.
  • All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
  • Please be reminded that written comments submitted are considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.

Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org if you have any questions about the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Thank you.

May 7, 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.

Stay safe,
Michael Thatcher
Director of Special Education

May 6, 2020

Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

  • At Governor Hogan's Press Conference, State Superintendent Salmon announced schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
  • Anticipated Last Day of School for HCPS Students is June 16, 2020 for students in grades K-11, pending final approval from MSDE. May 22 is the last day for students in grade 12.
  • Instruction will continue through June 16, 2020; the Continuity of Learning Plan remains posted on the COVID-19 webpage.
  • We're continuing discussions to determine a way that adheres to safety and health guidelines for students and staff to retrieve personal belongings from our schools.
  • End of Year Celebrations continue to be discussed; more information will be provided soon!
  • Be sure to stay connected to your Teachers with questions about instruction.
  • Thank you to our Food and Nutrition workers as they continue to serve families in our communities.
May 4, 2020

A Special Message for the Senior Class of 2020

Senior Announcement - May 22 Last Day of School for Seniors - June 8 - 12 Commencement Dates - More Information coming soon!
Senior Announcement - May 22 Last Day of School for Seniors - June 8 - 12 Commencement Dates - More Information coming soon!
April 30, 2020

Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

The Digital Learning survey can be accessed here. The 2020 Census can be accessed here.

April 28, 2020

An Important Message from Dr. Bulson

Good Afternoon,

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.

Sincerely,
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Harford County Public Schools

April 27, 2020

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:

  1. Please include "Comment for May 4. 2020 Board Meeting" at the top of your contact form message
  2. First and last name
  3. Email and phone number
  4. Address

Important:

  • Comments received by 12:00 p.m. on May 4, 2020 will be read into the record during the public comment segment of the Business meeting. Comments received after the 12:00 p.m. deadline will not be read into the record during the Business meeting.
  • 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 and specific student disciplinary matters will not be read into the record.
  • Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel will not be read into the record.
  • The Presiding Officer(s) will not read a comment that does not conform to the rules of the Board regarding public comment.
  • All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
  • Please be reminded that written comments submitted are considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org if you have any questions about the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting on May 4, 2020 at 6:30PM. Thank you.
April 23, 2020

Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

April 21, 2020

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.

April 20, 2020

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.

April 17, 2020

Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

April 15, 2020

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:

  1. Emails must be marked, "Comment for April 20, 2020 Board Meeting"
  2. First and last name
  3. Email and phone number
  4. Address
Important:
  • Comments received by 12:00 p.m. on April 20, 2020, will be read into the record during the public comment segment of the Business meeting.
  • Comments received after the 12:00 p.m. deadline will not be read into the record during the Business meeting.
  • 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 and specific student disciplinary matters will not be read into the record.
  • Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel will not be read into the record.
  • The Presiding Officer will not read a comment that does not conform to the rules of the Board regarding public comment.
  • All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
  • Please be reminded that written comments submitted are considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
April 14, 2020

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.

April 13, 2020

An Important Message from the Office of Special Education

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.

Sincerely,
Michael J. Thatcher
Director of Special Education

April 9, 2020

Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

April 6, 2020

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.

April 3, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Bulson

Good evening,

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.
Superintendent
Harford County Public Schools

March 29, 2020

Teacher Outreach

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.

March 26, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Bulson

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.

Thank you,
Sean Bulson, Ed.D
Superintendent
Harford County Public Schools

March 19, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Bulson

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 close.

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.

Thank you,
Sean Bulson, Ed.D
Superintendent
Harford County Public Schools

March 17, 2020

Food Services Information

Information about food services for students is posted on www.hcpsmenus.com and will continue to be updated as it becomes available.

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, and menu

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.

March 16, 2020

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.

March 13, 2020

Harford County Public Schools Closure Information for Parents/Guardians and Staff

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 day.

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.

March 12, 2020

State Superintendent Announces all Maryland Public School Systems Closed March 16-27, 2020

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.

March 10, 2020

An Important Message on COVID-19 or Coronavirus

In response to the rapidly changing information that we receive about COVID-19, we are canceling all out-of-state field trips and staff school or business related travel, until further notice. Second, all schools have been directed to ensure students and staff are given the opportunity to wash their hands, with soap and water, particularly before and after meals, but also as needed throughout the 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 to 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 medication for at least 24 hours or as directed by your healthcare provider. To encourage our community to join 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 will continue to update you as we receive additional advice and guidance from our healthcare partners throughout the county.

An Important Message on COVID-19 or Coronavirus

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 of 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 they 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 call the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, at 410-517-3720, and asks that Maryland residents 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 up to date information.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow.

An Important Message on COVID-19 or Coronavirus

As coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in China and subsequent positive cases in the United States continues, our school system and Harford County Health Department are fielding an increasing number of questions from parents and residents. Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely together and receiving guidance from the Harford County Health Department, the 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 we are monitoring closely. If necessary, Harford County Public Schools does have a pandemic response plan. These plans are updated as needed to reflect the specific nature of the current health concern 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 continue 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 avoid 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 with public health experts and will update you when new relevant information is available.

ATTACHMENT: COVID-19 Letter 2-26-2020 




Out-of-School Curriculum Materials

Third Quarter Report Cards will be available on Home Access Center (HAC) on April 24, 2020 for students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
Click here for more information
Obtain Out-of-School Curriculum Materials

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.

Curriculum March 16-27, 2020
Family Letter:

Consideration for Accommodations Across Grade Level

Age 3 to Pre-K

Kindergarten to Grade 2

Grade 3 to Grade 5

Grade 6 to Grade 8

Grade 9 to Grade 12
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  Meals Provided to All Children, ages 2-18,
without charge, during Emergency School Closure
Monday - Friday for the duration of the closure


HCPS Food Nutrition plate with blueberries, carrots, apple, blackberries
Press Release

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 https://hcpsmenus.com Please check back regularly as this site will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.





Frequently Asked Questions


Curriculum
  1. How can I contact my child’s teacher for support on the Weekly Assignments or the Weekly Learning Experiences?

    Teachers will provide virtual office hours to students and families from 12:00 - 3:20 p.m. every day, to provide instructional support and related services, as well as enrichment and remediation opportunities.

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

  2. How will materials be returned to the teacher from the student?

    No materials will be returned to the school/teacher in hard copy format per the direction of the Maryland State Department of Education and local Health Departments. Instead, teachers will work directly with students and families to determine completion or evidence of learning.

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

  3. Do students or families need to print the Weekly Assignments?

    No, students and families do not need to print the materials. However, students may find it beneficial to keep a notebook or folder for their assignments as an alternative to printing materials.

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

Technology
  1. What technology is needed for students to complete the Weekly Learning Experiences?

    While there are Internet resources included within the Weekly Learning Experiences, they are written so that students can complete the experiences without a device or Internet.  All learning experiences can be completed with school supplies that already exist within the home.  Parents/guardians and students are not expected to purchase any supplies to complete any assignment. 

    Last Updated 4/20/2020

  2. Can families ‘check out’ devices from HCPS? How is HCPS addressing families without devices?

    Not at this time. HCPS understands Internet and computer access is a concern for some families. We are compiling data from our initial survey sent to our community regarding access to devices and Internet, as well as from the calls our teachers made to homes earlier this week. We are preparing electronics for some students. We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

Grading
  1. Will students receive credit for courses from third and fourth quarters?

    Yes, students will receive credit for courses for the remainder of the third quarter and the fourth quarter. 

    Last Updated 5/8/2020

  2. How will students receive credit for non-academic areas such as master tutor, electives, etc.?

    Students will receive credit in the same manner as if schools were in session. 
     

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  3. How will fourth quarter grades be calculated?

    In lieu of grades, elementary schools will be utilizing a parent-teacher conference format for the fourth quarter, similar to how teachers report student progress each year during the first quarter. This virtual parent-teacher conference structure will provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect on student progress of work submitted during the fourth quarter.

    Final grades for students in grades 6-12 will be calculated using the average of the grades from the first three quarters. The fourth quarter grade will be recorded as Pass (P), Fail (F), or Incomplete (I) based on work completed during the quarter. Use this tool to calculate your own projected grade.

    Please note: Report cards that cannot be viewed via Home Access Center (HAC) can be emailed to parents/guardians.  We will not be mailing report cards. 

    For more information on final grades for students in grades 6-12, click here.

    Last Updated 4/15/2020

Support
  1. Are students required to meet with their teacher at a specified time during the day to complete the assignments?

    No, students may work on the assignments at their own pace. Teachers will follow-up with students throughout the week to address questions, provide feedback, and collect evidence that students are ready to move on to the next week of learning.

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

  2. How is HCPS providing support for parents/guardians and students during this time, most specifically support relating to mental health?

    The HCPS Parent Academy is creating virtual Real Talk segments that will be posted on the HCPS YouTube channel and the Parent Academy webpage. The first virtual Real Talk segment was posted on Wednesday, April 8. During this first virtual Real Talk segment, HCPS Mental Health Coordinator and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Christina Alton shares information about how parents can cope with anxiety and support their children’s mental health during the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual Real Talks will continue to be produced during the extended closure.

    HCPS has created an email address for staff, students, and parents/guardians to request mental health support and/or a referral from one of our school social workers. This service will be available on days when school would normally be in session, beginning Tuesday, April 14, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The email address is mentalhealthsupport@hcps.org. This resource will remain available throughout the duration of the COVID-related school closure. Those reaching out via this email address should include their name and phone number in the message and can expect a phone call from a school social worker within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). Those experiencing a mental health emergency requiring immediate attention are reminded to call 911.

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

  3. I live in the North Harford area and do not have internet access. What efforts have been made to address this issue?

    Armstrong Cable, in conjunction with Harford County Government and HCPS, has installed a free WiFi hotspot near the upper parking lot at North Harford High School. This hotspot is accessible from the inside of a vehicle. The best signal should be accessible in the upper parking lot of the high school, facing Pylesville Road (Route 165).

    Last Updated 4/9/2020

Fourth Quarter
  1. What will instruction look like for the fourth quarter?

    Discussions regarding fourth quarter are ongoing, and we are considering many options if the school closure is extended.  We will be able to finalize decisions once we receive guidance from the Maryland State Department of Education. 

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  2. How will families receive information about special fourth quarter events such as dances, graduations, field trips, sports, etc.?

    HCPS understands how important extra-curricular activities are for students and their families, especially in the senior year of high school.  We are currently working on contingency plans as they relate to extra-curriculars, including sports, capstone projects, proms, and other student activities, and will communicate these plans as they become available. For more information, click here.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  3. Some seniors were unable to take courses that are a requirement for graduation. Will these seniors still be eligible to graduate and participate in graduation ceremonies?

    High school counselors and Principals are confirming graduation requirements for the senior class with respect to the changes and waivers made to graduation requirements by the Maryland State Department of Education and our local Board of Education.

    Last Updated 4/20/2020

  4. How will student instruction change for the fourth quarter?

    Teachers are and will continue to share Weekly Assignments with students beginning Wednesday, April 15. Teachers will use a variety of resources, including itslearning and Microsoft Office platforms, student email accounts, and the telephone as they work with students. Families with limited or no access to technology will be mailed Weekly Learning Experiences as long as it is safe to do so.

    Last Updated 4/20/2020

  5. How will fourth quarter grades be calculated?

    In lieu of grades, elementary schools will be utilizing a parent-teacher conference format for the fourth quarter, similar to how teachers report student progress each year during the first quarter. This virtual parent-teacher conference structure will provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect on student progress of work submitted during the fourth quarter.

    Final grades for students in grades 6-12 will be calculated using the average of the grades from the first three quarters. The fourth quarter grade will be recorded as Pass (P), Fail (F), or Incomplete (I) based on work completed during the quarter. Use this tool to calculate your own projected grade.

    Please note: Report cards that cannot be viewed via Home Access Center (HAC) can be emailed to parents/guardians.  We will not be mailing report cards. 

    For more information on final grades for students in grades 6-12, click here.

    Last Updated 4/14/2020

General
  1. How long will Harford County Public Schools be closed?

    Per the State Superintendent of Schools, all Maryland public schools, including Harford County Public Schools, are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All school sanctioned travel and school system activities, including field trips and events, are cancelled during this closure.

    Last Updated 5/6/2020

  2. 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

  3. 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

    Last Updated 3/13/2020




Event and Activity Cancellations
Updated: 5/20/2020 11:19 a.m.

More cancellations may be added to this page as more information becomes available.


Title of the Event Planned Date of the Event Current Status of the Event
PreK and Kindergarten Registration Friday, May 1, 2020 Alternative Delivery - TBD
Elementary School Patriot Programs Spring 2020 Canceled
HCPS Employee Service Recognition Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Canceled
HCPS Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Mon., May 11 - Fri., May 22, 2020 Proceed as Scheduled
HCPS Service Learning Stars Thursday, May 14, 2020 Canceled
HCPS Commencement Ceremonies Fri., May 22 - Fri., May 29, 2020 Alternative Delivery - TBD
Summer Swim Program Summer 2020 Canceled
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) PROGRAMME UPDATES

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

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TESTING UPDATES:

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.

Instructional Supports

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.

Testing Scenarios

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.

Additionally:
  1. The test dates for students are forthcoming and will be communicated by College Board as soon as possible.
  2. Students can take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. A photo of handwritten work is also an option for students. College Board will send directions to students on computer use for testing soon.

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.




   Local Resources

HCPS has created an email address for staff, students, and parents/guardians to request mental health support and/or a referral from one of our school social workers. This service will be available on days when school would normally be in session, beginning April 14, 2020, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The email address is mentalhealthsupport@hcps.org. This resource will remain available throughout the duration of the COVID-related school closure. Those reaching out via this email address should include their name and phone number in the message and can expect a phone call from a school social worker within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). Those experiencing a mental health emergency requiring immediate attention are reminded to call 911.
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   State Resources

  • Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
  • Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan
  • Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)

    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.

  • Maryland Public Television (MPT) *New 4/15/2020*

    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.

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   World Health Organization (WHO) Information



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