An essential component of the education process is the safe and efficient transportation
of students to
and from school.
The successful completion of this task relies on the shared
responsibility of drivers, students, parents, schools, and
Harford County Public School buses transport approximately 35,000 children on 500 buses
everyday to and
from school, travelling
nearly 42,000 miles daily. To ensure safe and reliable service,
Harford County Public Schools Transportation takes great
pride in our driver training program and fleet maintenance.
The pupil transportation system in Harford County is operated under State
and Local policies and guidelines established by
the Maryland State Department of Education and the Harford County Board
of Education. The Transportation Services Department emphasizes the
policies for parental information:
The following transportation rules apply to all students riding school buses
to and from Harford County Public Schools. In
addition, all other policies adopted by the Board of Education regarding
student behavior on school property will be enforced on Harford County
Public Schools buses.
Students who are assigned to ride Harford County Public School buses must
assume certain responsibilities. Misconduct, carelessness,
and thoughtlessness are hazardous to the safe operation of the school
bus. The bus is an integral part of the total school program; and the
driver, who is an adult in a position of authority, must insist on
Each student will receive a copy of the "Transportation Rules for Students"
which is located in the Parent-Student Handbook
& Calendar. These rules will be reviewed and interpreted for the students
on an annual basis by school personnel. Violation of these rules must
be reported to the school principal. When a principal is advised of a
violation of the "Transportation Rules for Students" and where the principal
determines, as a result of their investigation, that a violation of the
"Transportation Rules for Students" has occurred, the student may face
Withdrawal of transportation services for a day shall be defined as a day
that school is in session. Students and their parents
should be aware that misbehavior on school buses may also have other
serious consequences. Specifically, violation of the "Transportation
Rules for Students" may result in a suspension from school. Furthermore,
any act by a student which contributes to a school bus accident will
be reported to the police officer investigating the incident.
Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operation of a
school's transportation system. If the transportation
program, as a whole, is to function effectively, the parents must assume
their responsibilities to the program and extend cooperation and support
to the people charged with its operation.
Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be
temporarily or permanently revoked if the "Transportation
Rules for Students" are violated.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they
leave home in the morning until the time they
board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time
the school bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. Once
the child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the bus
driver and the school administration
In order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the student
program, parents must also accept the responsibilities to:
Bus routes are set up to fully utilize all buses, provide safe and efficient service, and
maintain a reasonable ride time for students. Per The Annotated Code of Maryland, the
following criteria are used in establishing bus routes and stops.
Harford County Public Schools have implemented additional rules to enhance the safety of our
For example, students are only permitted to cross in front of the school bus, and door-side
service is provided on high speed, high volume state roads that have been identified as such
Magnet Program Transportation Schedule
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they leave home
the morning until the
time they board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time the school
bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. For those students in a non-service
area, getting to and from the school safely is a parental responsibility. During the mid-day
bus run, adult supervision is required for PreK students at the bus stop until the child
is picked up, and at the time a child is dropped off. Once the student boards the school
bus, the responsibility lies with the bus driver and the school administration. In order
to ensure safe and efficient student transportation, parents/guardians must also accept the
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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