On behalf of the Office of Organizational Development and the Human Resources Office, welcome to Harford County Public Schools! We are so pleased that you have chosen to be a part of our community of educators and learners. As a newly hired instructional staff member in our district, you have access to a comprehensive induction program that is specifically designed to encourage reflective practice, build instructional repertoire, and maximize student achievement. The induction activities are designed and differentiated to benefit all instructional staff members beginning their careers with Harford County Public Schools, no matter how many years of experience they bring with them. Being a life-long learner is a characteristic of the effective teacher, counselor, and service provider in Harford County Public Schools and in alignment with this principle, HCPS provides an extensive induction program that supports new hires.
We strongly encourage you to participate in all induction activities! Here are the steps to access the information and an overview of the opportunities available to you:
To begin, create your HCPS Accounts. You will receive a text message to your personal phone with instructions on how to
activate your HCPS accounts.
Once your accounts are activated, you will have access to an online course. Once your accounts are activated, you will have access to an online course on Digital Teaching and Learning. This course is an asynchronous professional development facilitated through our Learning Management System, itsLearning. This course is available for completion between July 1, 2021 and August 30, 2021. If all asynchronous content is completed by August 30, 2021, participants will be compensated at the negotiated rate for a total of $150.00. For directions on how to access the course, open the Accessing New Hire Orientation 2021 document. This course provides a solid foundation in the HCPS vision for digital teaching and learning and utilizing itsLearning to its maximum potential for students. on Digital Teaching and Learning. This course is an asynchronous professional development facilitated through our Learning Management System, itsLearning. This course is available for completion between July 1, 2021 and August 30, 2021. If all asynchronous content is completed by August 30, 2021, participants will be compensated at the negotiated rate for a total of $150.00. For directions on how to access the course, open the Accessing New Hire Orientation 2021 document. This course provides a solid foundation in the HCPS vision for digital teaching and learning and utilizing itsLearning to its maximum potential for students.
Once you activate your accounts, you will also find emailed information for our New Hire Orientation Conference. This year's conference will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 8:00am - 3:30pm. This broad conference offers a variety of choice sessions and workshops on content, curriculum, equitable access, positive classroom environments, digital tools, and more to help orient you to Harford County Public Schools and ensure you are ready for your students. Instructional Coaches and other system leaders will facilitate the creation of a personalized learning plan and structure opportunities for individual and small group reflection and application. Attendance at the conference is compensated at the negotiated rate of $25 per hour.
If you are a Conditionally Certified Teacher, you also have access to a special workshop on August 23, 2021 to jumpstart your professional practice.
The Organizational Development Office, the various Content Offices, the Teacher Specialists, and the Instructional Coaches who form the backbone of the induction program are looking forward to seeing you at the Orientation Conference! If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Supervisor of Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, Heather Kutcher at Heather.Kutcher@hcps.org
UPDATE: JUNE 23, 2021
The following message will be sent to all families with a student entering third grade in the 2021-2022 school year via phone, email, and text at 5:00 p.m.
Each year our second-grade students transition to a new log in name when they enter third grade. In preparation for the new school year please be advised that between Wednesday, July 6 and Friday, July 8, 2021, second grade student log in names will change from the format of studentID@student.hcps.org to the email@example.com. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: JUNE 22, 2021
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text to all contacts in our mass communication system at 5:00 p.m.
The Board of Education of Harford County is pleased to share details for the first hybrid meeting of 2021. On July 12, the Board business meeting, will have a 50-seat capacity available to the public. Seats will be available on a first come-first served basis. In-person public comment will be limited to those who are seated in the Board room. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Masks will be optional in the Board room.
The option to provide virtual public comment will still be available. Those wishing to use the virtual public comment option will need to sign up in advance. The Board will continue to implement a two-hour time limit on public comment. Those wishing to make virtual public comment will need to register by 9:00 a.m. on July 12.
UPDATE: JUNE 16, 2021
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text to all contacts in our mass communication system at 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 15, Governor Hogan announced that the state of emergency and mask mandate will be lifted effective July 1 for the state of Maryland. As of July 1, Harford County Public Schools will adhere to the Governor’s announcement and will remove the mask mandate in all HCPS schools and offices. This means that for all in-person summer school instruction and summer programs, students, and staff, will not be required to wear masks as of July 1. If you would like your child to continue wearing a mask in school, please instruct your child to do so. In addition, for the 4th of July events that occur after July 1, students and chaperones may choose to wear masks, but HCPS will not require masks during 4th of July events occurring after July 1. Participants will still need to follow any parade committee guidelines. We expect to begin the 2021-2022 school year without masks. We will continue to dialogue with the Harford County Health Department, as well as review CDC and MSDE guidance around schools and best practice response to COVID-19 throughout the summer. We hope you have a wonderful summer.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
BUSINESS MEETING – JUNE 21, 2021 – 6:30PM
The Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be held on June 21, 2021 at 6:30PM with only Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance virtually. 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 during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form, https://www.hcps.org/boe/publiccommentrequest.aspx
Registrations must be received by 9:00AM on Monday, June 21, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
First and Last name
1. Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
2. Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30PM on Monday, June 21, 2021.
3. Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
4. All speakers, regardless of affiliation, will receive 3-minutes per speaker. Speakers may be interrupted and be given notice when they have 30 seconds left. When speakers have reached their 3-minute mark, callers will be removed from the meeting.
5. The Board has allotted two-hours for the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting.
6. If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting within the two-hour time constraint, you will be placed on hold and greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time 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.
7. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
8. In accordance with Board policy, if the number of speakers impede the ability of the Board to complete scheduled business, the Board reserves the right to reduce the amount of time allotted per speaker, or overall time allotted for public comment.
9. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
10. Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
11. 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 from the call.
12. 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: JUNE 15, 2021
This message is being sent to all parents and guardians with a student entering 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. The information will be sent via our mass communication system phone, email, and text, at 5:00 p.m.
Harford Community College (HCC) and Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) invite students entering 12th grade in the 2021-2022 school year to join HCC for one of two virtual events on July 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or on July 21, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. The virtual event will highlight dual enrollment opportunities at HCC for the 2021-22 school year.
Students, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. You will hear what it’s like to be a dual enrolled student from students currently enrolled. You will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual campus tour and hear about the resources available at HCC, like the learning center, library, and more. In addition, HCC will discuss the multiple apps, study groups, and “how-to’s” like using technology, study groups and more, that will be necessary for dual enrolled students.
Students may register here.
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