Health education is integrated throughout the elementary school curriculum. One special program that is a part
of the overall
health program is Family Life and Human Development. Addressing physiological and personality changes related
to maturation and human reproduction, this program is part of the fifth grade science curriculum taught by
classroom teachers. Here's Looking At You is a
drug prevention program which is taught in
grades one through five, and eight by classroom teachers.
This unit of study explores the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual effects of substance abuse
on the individual, the family, and peers.
At the middle school level, health education is a part of science, family and consumer sciences, physical
health curricula. Specific areas dealing with personal body safety and abuse and neglect are supported by
guidance personnel. There are, in addition to the regular health curricula, three special programs. First,
the Family Life and Human Development curriculum is concerned with physiological and personality changes
related to maturation and human reproduction and is taught by seventh grade science teachers. Secondly, Project
Alert, is a
drug prevention education program for sixth
grade. Science or health teachers, with occasional support
from law enforcement personnel, help students to identify the internal and external pressures to use tobacco,
alcohol, and other drugs. Role playing resistance skills is a major piece of this program. Thirdly, grade
seven health or science teachers provide students with a locally developed
drug prevention education program designed
to provide current information about the effects of drugs
on body systems and the individual's circle of influence. Decision making, problem solving, and other critical
lifeskills are infused throughout this unit of study.
At the high school level, the health education program is designed to help students examine personal lifestyles
plans to achieve and maintain optimal health. This is accomplished by presenting current, accurate information
on topics that are relevant and necessary for students in today's world. Major topics covered in the required
ninth grade semester course include: mental health; emergency health care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
diseases and coping with diseases; consumer health; pregnancy; HIV/AIDS; teen suicide prevention; personal
body safety; sexually transmitted diseases; and drugs. Upper level elective courses in health and family
and consumer sciences include Family Life and Human Development curriculum topics including advanced physiology
and psychology of human sexual behavior and related matters.
Online Registration for Students New to HCPS is LIVE! Visit https://www.hcps.org/Parents/registeringforschool.aspx for more information on Prekindergarten Applications and New Student Registration!
UPDATE: JULY 1, 2020
STARS OF SUMMER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration is OPEN for HCPS' Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through grade nine HCPS students. The program runs from July 20 through August 13, 2020, Monday through Thursday.
Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Full brochure of options and additional information is posted on hcps.org.
Registration is open through July 8, 2020. You may register your student(s) using the links below:
Kindergarten and Grade 1*: https://bit.ly/2Vvc53U
Grade 2 and Grade 3**: https://bit.ly/3ieYp6U
Grade 4 and Grade 5**: https://bit.ly/38fRYM7
Grade 6 through Grade 9**: https://bit.ly/3gb1u68
*for 2019 – 2020 kindergarten and Grade 1 students
**for 2020 – 2021 Grade 2 through Grade 9 students
We look forward to meeting our Stars of Summer!
UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2020
The following message will be sent to all students/families at 11:00 a.m.:
Good morning. This is an important message regarding P-EBT, a new pandemic program that provides food benefits to children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. ALL HCPS families inadvertently received correspondence indicating they were eligible for the P-EBT program. While the error was identified, mailings of letters and P-EBT cards were already underway.
If you receive the letter and card and do qualify for the benefit, the appropriate funds will be available on your card.
If your family has received the letter and card in error, and you do not have a child eligible for the benefit, there will not be any funds available on the P-EBT card and you may dispose of the letter and card.
If you have questions about the funds on your card, please follow the instructions on the letter and visit www.dhs.maryland.gov/p-EBT for additional information. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day.
UPDATE: JUNE 26, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING FOR (JULY 13, 2020) 6:30PM
On July 13, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing using the following link Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org with any questions on submitting public comments at the Board of Education Business meeting. Thank you.
UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2020
This information will be sent to all current Kindergarten through grade 8 (entering grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year) families on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
This summer, HCPS is introducing, Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through incoming grade nine (for the 2020-21 school year) HCPS students. Stars of Summer participants will have unique opportunities to explore and engage in experiences catered to their age group from July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday. Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Class sizes will be capped at fifteen students so be sure to tune in July 1 for the program information release and save the dates, July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday to participate in Stars of Summer!
Information will be released on hcps.org as well as on HCPS social media channels on July 1. If you have an email address in our mass communication system, we will also email the program information directly to you on July 1. Once the information is released, parents and guardians can find registration information at hcps.org.
UPDATE: JUNE 18, 2020
The following information will be shared with parents/guardians of middle and high school students via Connect5, our mass communication system, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
As shared in April, all parents and guardians have access to an electronic report card for the fourth quarter and moving forward. The Home Access Center, or HAC, is an online portal that allows parents and guardians to log in and view information pertaining to their child’s attendance, classes, grades, and registration information. Please note that HAC allows one account to be established per child.
If you have not established a HAC account yet, you will need to create an account. Directions to set up an account are posted on the COVID-19 webpage on hcps.org. A HAC account will need to be established in order to access your child’s report card. Grades are to be posted on HAC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Parents who have technical difficulties establishing a HAC account should contact HomeAccessCenter@hcps.org for assistance. Parents with students in middle and high school should contact their administrator or school counselor with non-technical questions.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JUNE 22, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On June 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
7/1/2020 8:00:47 AM