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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.

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  HCPS Communications

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.
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, 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 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
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
Harford County Public Schools

March 17, 2020

Food Services Information

Information about food services for students is posted on 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 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

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 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 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

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 ; 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

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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 Please check back regularly as this site will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Published Recommended Learning Experiences
  1. Are the Recommended Learning Experiences required for all students?

    No, students are not required to complete the Recommended Learning Experiences.  However, during this time of extended school closure, the Recommended Learning Experiences are intended to provide HCPS students the opportunity to continue their learning in order to meet grade band and content standards. 

    Teachers will use the completed Recommended Learning Experiences, existing assignments from third quarter, or other teacher-generated assignments.  Individual teachers and parents/guardians have the flexibility to adjust the learning experiences to best meet student needs. 

    Parents/guardians may alter the work for their children based on the suggested accommodations and modifications contained in the Recommended Learning Experiences, as well as find other types of learning that address the Essential Questions/Enduring Understandings included in the materials.  These other learning experiences can be included in the completion grade for students.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  2. How will completed work be collected?

    Due to health and safety concerns during this time, paper copies of completed work cannot be accepted.  Completed work may be uploaded to a digital site created by a teacher or submitted to a teacher via email.  If parents/guardians are unable to send an electronic copy of their child’s work, teachers will accept a verbal confirmation of completion of work by their student.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

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

    While there are Internet resources included within the Recommended 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 4/1/2020

  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

  1. What if my student does not/cannot submit any work during this time period?

    HCPS understands that some parents/guardians may be caring for family members and/or working as essential staff in the community.  HCPS also understands that students may not be able to complete work during this time period for a variety of reasons.  The intention of the Recommended Learning Experiences is not to create additional stress for families but to allow for continued student learning; therefore, students who are unable to submit any work during this time period will earn the third quarter grade(s) they had as of March 13.

    Last Updated 4/2/2020

  2. When will students be able to see their projected grades for third quarter?

    Projected third quarter grades will be posted on the Home Access Center, accessible from, on Friday, April 3. 

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  3. What opportunity do students have to improve their grades after seeing the projections on April 3?

    Students who are not satisfied with their projected grade(s) may work directly with their teachers on acceptable ways to improve their grades during the third quarter extension.  It is expected that teachers are flexible and deliberate in helping students to earn a fair grade based on the work of each student.  Students should be given additional opportunities for completion of missing work or alternative work, such as the completion of the Recommended Learning Experiences.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  4. Are there ‘weights’ to any of the Recommended Learning Experiences assignments?

    No, there are no weights associated with the Recommended Learning Experiences.  Teachers maintain discretion regarding the impact that completed student work has on the overall quarter grade.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  5. Will the third quarter/second semester be extended?

    Yes, the schedule for third quarter is as follows:

    • April 3: Teachers required to update grades.
    • April 9: Third quarter is extended by two weeks.
    • April 14: Fourth quarter begins. 
    • April 24: Final grades posted to TAC/HAC.

    Procedures for fourth quarter are still under consideration at the state level and will be communicated to teachers as soon as possible.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  6. 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.  Procedures for fourth quarter are still under consideration at the state level and will be communicated to teachers as soon as possible.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  7. 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

  1. How can my child receive help on the Recommended Learning Experiences?

    To whatever extent possible, teachers will try to assist their students as needed.  The learning resources are not designed for interactive learning between a teacher and student.  Teachers will continue to reach out and attempt to make contact individually with students and parents/guardians to give every opportunity of ensuring grades are the best and most generous possible.

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

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 are confirming graduation requirements for the senior class. Those students who are at-risk of not graduating or have special circumstances will be contacted directly by a school counselor as each case is individual in nature.   

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

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

    Currently all Maryland public schools, including Harford County Public Schools, are closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. All school sanctioned travel and school system activities, including field trips and events are cancelled during this closure.  State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, will make future announcements related to decisions about school closures. 

    Last Updated 4/1/2020

  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: 4/2/2020 3:30 p.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
Teacher of the Year Announcement Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Alternative Delivery- TBD
Teacher Expo/Recruitment Friday, April 3, 2020 Postponed- TBD
Transition EXPO at BAHS Saturday, April 4, 2020 Canceled
Board of Education Meetings Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Alternative Delivery - Virtual Meeting
Board of Education Meetings Monday, April 20, 2020 Alternative Delivery - Virtual Meeting
Retirement Information Meeting Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Canceled
Parent Academy Town Hall on Vaping Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Postponed - Projected to Reschedule this Fall
Curriculum Awards Thursday, April 23, 2020 Canceled

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


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.

  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 for more up to date information or follow The College Board on Twitter @collegeboard.

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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 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.

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