The Harford County Public School System believes that students are bright in many different ways. Educators
have a responsibility
to identify and nurture the gifts and talents of all students through acceleration and enrichment. Educators
seek to effectively identify and enhance the development of outstanding potential and capability within the
diverse student population. Multiple sources are used to match students to appropriate learning options and
students are encouraged to nominate themselves for participation in activities which emphasize high levels
of challenge or talent development.
The program emphasizes a collaborative effort that includes classroom teachers and specialized personnel
trained in gifted
and talented education. The effort often directly involves administrators, parents, and community resource
persons, as well. All students are given the opportunity for enrichment experiences, and students showing
unusual potential or distinctive areas of strength and interest have the opportunity for additional
to develop these areas of unusual capability. Depth and complexity of curriculum may also need to be
using such methods as interdisciplinary learning, tiered assignments, independent investigations, project
learning, interest centers and groups, mentoring, and opportunities to work outside of the classroom. It
is important to note that enrichment, when considered as a differentiated strategy for gifted students,
place instead of completing assignments in the regular curriculum.
Services for bright students emphasize broad-based knowledge acquisition and problem solving, tailoring
unique learning opportunities
to the strengths and needs of each child. Acceleration and enrichment options for individuals and groups
of students will vary from school to school, as they are responsive to needs of students in each population
and in the context of the general education programs at each building. At the secondary level, options
advanced placement courses, honors courses, independent study, and early college courses.
Students performing at remarkably high levels, when compared with their peers, or who show potential to
do so, will be provided
with rigorous differentiated services that meet their needs through active collaboration with
County Public Schools is proud to be home to three of the state’s EGATE award winning
schools recognized for their gifted and talented programs. EGATE is an awards program to
recognize public schools with Gifted and Talented education programs that are aligned with
Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines.
Students wishing to take the PSAT on Saturday, October 16, 2021 will have the opportunity to
register for the assessment beginning August 26, 2021. The PSAT is an optional assessment
administered by the College Board to expose students to the SAT, an assessment used for college
admissions, and under Maryland Senate Bill 740, College and Career Readiness Designation.
Saturday, October 16, 2021 will be the only date that the assessment will be administered for
Harford County Public Schools' students.
The PSAT is also used to identify students who may experience success in Advanced Placement courses
in high school. For more information about PSAT, please visit:
Should you have any additional questions about the PSAT or testing, please contact your student’s
Please register for your child to take the PSAT on your school's home page.
Students must take the PSAT at the school they attend.
Please have your credit card ready.
Looking for more information about our identification processes and procedures? Please refer
to our "Parent Guide for Gifted and Talented Education" for more information.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 19, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021
OPEN SESSION: 5:45 PM - 5:50 PM
This meeting will be conducted virtually with no public attendance due to the brief nature of this meeting and the logistical issues regarding allowing public attendance in advance of the 6:30 p.m. meeting. *The only item the Board will consider during this open meeting is consideration of meeting in a closed session.
CLOSED SESSION: 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM
BUSINESS MEETING: 6:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT
This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid fashion and public attendance will be permitted as explained below:
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:20 PM AND THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County will hold a hybrid Business Meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of the A.A. Roberty Building with Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance both virtually and in-person. A 60-seat capacity will be available to the public. Seats will be available on a first come-first served basis. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Public Comment Participation Call-In Process
Community members who wish to provide comments virtually during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form.
Registrations must be received by 9:00 AM on Monday, October 25, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
1. First and Last name
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number
4. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person
- Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
- Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 25, 2021.
- Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
- If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting, you will be greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time in the virtual lobby may vary based on number of registered speakers. The maximum wait time in the lobby is 30 minutes; should you be disconnected please call back.
Public Comment Participation In-Person Process
Persons who are attending the meeting in person, as provided above, may make in-person public comment. Board Comment cards will be available for Board meeting attendees prior to the Board Meeting for sign-up. Board Comment Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
The Board has authorized public comment as follows:
- Board policy permits speaker three (3) minutes to provide comments. However, Board policy authorizes the Board to reduce the amount of time allocated to each speaker if allocating 3 minutes to each speaker will impede the Board’s ability to complete scheduled business. It is anticipated that in light of the number of speakers at recent Board meetings, the Board will reduce the amount of time allocated to each speaker. Consequently, please be prepared to abbreviate your comments.
- The Board will receive in-person public comment first and virtual public comment second. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
- Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
- Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel are not permitted. Speakers who engage in these comments will be reminded of the rules and the Board reserves the right to remove the speaker.
- All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 18, 2021
HCPS FY23 Budget Input Sessions and Survey available
This is a reminder that attendees are asked to register by 5:00 p.m. TONIGHT to attend one of the two virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Sessions to be held this week. If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to complete the FY23 Budget Survey, linked below.
On Wednesday October 20 and Thursday October 21, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Bulson will share his comments regarding the FY2023 budget and will provide an opportunity for small group discussions via Microsoft Teams meetings. Community members who plan to participate in the virtual session are asked to register via the links listed below by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Click here to register for the Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Session from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Click here to register for the Thursday, October 21, 2021 Virtual HCPS FY2023 Budget Input Session from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
If you have registered to attend, you will receive the link to join the meeting approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folder. If you do not receive the link, please email email@example.com for additional information.
If you are unable to participate in the virtual input sessions, please complete the FY23 Budget Survey. The survey will be available through midnight on Friday, October 29, 2021.
The input you provide at the input sessions or via the survey is crucial to the process of shaping the next HCPS budget. We appreciate you sharing your time and comments.
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s proposed budget will be presented to the Board of Education in January 2022. Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 13, 2021
The following information will be sent to families of students in selected classes at HCPS middle and high school via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system through the end of November.
Your student will be given the opportunity to participate in the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior and Tobacco Survey, conducted by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The survey was designed by the CDC to identify risk behaviors and may include questions about safety practices, such as use of helmets and seat belts; depression and mental health; use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; nutrition and physical activity; and sexual behavior. MSDE requires each local school system to administer the survey. The survey is voluntary for students, and you have the opportunity to review the survey and opt out for your student by accessing the Parental “Opt-out” form available on our website, hcps.org. You can access the information and links by clicking "Learn More" in the top right corner of hcps.org; or by visiting the Resources for Parents webpage. Those with email addresses in the system will receive the link via email with this communication. If you would like to opt out, please return the completed form to your student’s homeroom teacher prior to the survey, which will be administered next week. If you have any questions about the survey, you are encouraged to visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/ for additional information.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 5, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families via phone and email via our mass communications system Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Parent/Guardian Permissions are collected annually by Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) for each student. Collecting this information ensures HCPS is complying with a variety of local, state, and federal requirements, and legal obligations.
If you have not completed the Parent/Guardian Permissions for the 2021-2022 school year, please go online to https://registration.hcps.org/ to complete the Parent/Guardian Permissions for your student(s). The page can sometimes take a moment to load; please allow additional time for loading. If you have any trouble logging in or completing this form, please click contact us! at the bottom of the registration.hcps.org page.
If you need to complete a paper copy of the Parent/Guardian Permission Form, please contact your student’s school.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Per Harford County Public Schools board policy, the proposed 2022-2023 school calendar is open for 60 days of public comment. This year, a survey to help collect input has been posted on hcps.org on the Board of Education page. HCPS staff, parents/guardians, students, and community members are asked to review the two proposed calendars and provide feedback. The deadline for completion is Friday, November 26, 2021.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
September 28, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your efforts to keep our community healthy by monitoring your student(s) for symptoms of COVID-19 and complying with universal masking. This letter is to inform you of changes to how Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) will respond to COVID-19. These changes will begin today, Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
Starting today, the quarantine period will be reduced from fourteen days to ten days. We will also modify our student-to-student contact tracing; we will only identify student close contacts in situations where students are unmasked. Contact tracing investigations that involve contact with any staff members will remain unchanged. Students currently in quarantine were identified during higher transmission of COVID-19 so they will continue to quarantine, but they may return to school once 10 days have passed since their last exposure to a person with COVID-19.
Parents will be alerted via letter by school administration if their student is affected by a classroom or school outbreak. A hard copy of the letter may be sent home with the affected student and/or distributed via email. Outbreaks are determined by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), as defined here:
• Two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/teachers/staff with onsets (or, if asymptomatic, collection dates) within a 14-day period, and who are epidemiologically linked, but not household contacts.
• Three or more classrooms with cases from separate households that meet the classroom/cohort outbreak definition that occurs within 14 days; OR
• 5% or more unrelated students/teachers/staff have confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period [minimum of 10 unrelated students/teachers/staff].
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is watching the experience our greater Harford County community has with COVID-19, modifying protocols when appropriate, focusing on essential activities to a student’s learning, and creating unique safety plans for higher risk activities, such as dances. As such, starting November 15, 2021, HCPS will begin an after-school testing program for high school winter sports and fine arts. Students impacted by this program, which includes an opt-out for vaccinated students, will receive more details next month.
Please continue to monitor yourself and your student(s) for signs of illness, including a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, new onset of severe headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. If you notice symptoms, please stay home and consult with your health care provider. In addition, please continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by always maintaining maximum physical distance from others, wearing a face covering when you are out of your home, and washing your hands regularly. If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please speak with your health care provider about being vaccinated.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community healthy.
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Harford County Public Schools
10/20/2021 2:42:18 PM