HCPS is meeting with employees, parents/guardians, and community stakeholders to create a plan of action for our students and staff as we begin a new school year. The efforts outlined in this plan illustrate a proactive approach to both virtual and in-person learning.
As we move forward, we are following closely the decisions and announcements made by Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon. As we progress and restrictions change, we will adjust our course of action while making every effort to maintain the highest level of safety for the health and well-being of our students and staff.
As shared in the most recent version of the HCPS Recovery Plan, all instruction during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will be virtual. HCPS will be implementing a modified plan that relies exclusively on virtual learning while providing opportunities for students who need a safe, supervised place to access virtual instruction at HCPS Learning Support Centers.
iPads will be provided for all prekindergarten students, Chromebooks will be provided for all students in grades K-8, and Windows-based laptops will be provided for all students in grades 9-12. All teachers will receive a Windows-based laptop. HCPS is currently undertaking trials of cellular hotspots, to ensure students have Internet access in underserved areas by cable providers. In addition, we are making dramatic upgrades to our curriculum and professional development to ensure virtual instruction is more interactive and engaging than during the Spring of 2020.
To address the needs of students who require a safe place to access virtual instruction, we are offering a limited number of spaces in HCPS Learning Support Centers at each of our schools where students will be supervised by an HCPS employee and have reliable access to the Internet. Learning Support Centers will be open on all days when school is in session, as noted in the 2020-2021 Parent-Student Handbook Calendar. Please note that the HCPS employees staffing the Learning Support Centers will not be the children's classroom teachers, and your child’s assigned Learning Support Center location may differ from their assigned school.
While attending an HCPS Learning Support Center, students will receive virtual instruction from their teacher working from a remote location. These students will have access to bus transportation and food and nutrition services. Please note that meal distribution sites will be utilized throughout the county for those students who do not attend Learning Support Centers but still need access to meals.
Social distancing guidelines and face coverings will be required in Learning Support Centers in accordance with current state and local health department guidance. Progress and plans will be communicated with families via the Blackboard Connect5 mass notification system, HCPS social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and www.hcps.org, as well as during Board of Education meetings.
Confirmation letters will be mailed and emailed to parents in August 2020.
To view the elementary, middle and high school schedules for the fall, click here.
Our goal is for teachers to connect with students each day like they would in a traditional in-person learning experience. Elementary school students participating in synchronous learning will interact with their teacher and classmates throughout the school day. Middle and high school students can expect a regular schedule where they connect with teachers and their classmates every day.
Online registration is available for incoming students in grades K-12. Visit the 'Register for School' page (found under the 'Parents' tab) on www.hcps.org for more information. Information about early entrance, advanced placement, transfers, and more, is also available on the 'Register for School' page on www.hcps.org.
Yes, students will receive additional materials to support instruction. Materials to support instruction will be distributed when students pick-up devices. Families will receive schedules and information about when to pick-up devices and materials from their schools in August.
Students who have been identified as gifted and talented (GT) will continue to receive GT services during the distance learning model. Specialists will work with identified teachers and students to provide academic and affective programming to meet the students' needs through co-teaching and small group instruction.
Planning teams are working on developing curriculum that will engage students in project-based learning and other ways to make the student experience as hands-on as possible. Curriculum writers are working to create engaging and innovate experiences for all magnet and signature students.
HCPS is working on a plan to offer asynchronous learning opportunities for families for the 2020-2021 school year. While some features of live, synchronous instruction from a teacher will be limited, families and students will be able to access the curriculum and critical content pacing charts in the itslearning platform on their own time, including mornings, afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends. More details will be provided in the coming weeks, including parent/guardian training on itslearning and iPads, Chromebooks, and Windows-based laptops for students. If your child is attending a Learning Support Center, all students will participate in synchronous learning (real-time interaction between the teacher and students).
Yes, school nurses will be available in all Learning Support Centers to conduct monitoring and surveillance. In the event that a student or staff member becomes ill with COVID-19, or a COVID-19 like illness, school nurses will adhere to the latest Maryland Department of Health (MDH) guidance regarding isolation and quarantine procedures including but not limited to: following the Decision Tree matrix provided by MDH to determine appropriate course of action; partnering with the Harford County Health Department (HCHD) to identify and notify close contacts; and determining school cleaning and closing decisions based on the latest guidance from the state and local health department. HCPS Health Services will collaborate with the HCHD to assist with appropriate contact tracing measures.
All HCPS students in grades K–12 will be provided a mobile device for the 2020-2021 school year. HCPS Office of Technology technicians have re-imaged and prepped the previously used 1:1 devices from grades 5, 6 and 8. These Windows-based laptops, along with a power adapter, will be re-deployed for students in grades 9-12. New Chromebooks have been purchased for students in grades K-8. iPads will be provided to all prekindergarten students.
To accommodate remote, synchronous learning, all teachers will receive a Windows-based laptop.
As HCPS prepares for the large deployment of devices, the Office of Technology is developing a plan to maintain social distancing for the safety of staff and families. Schools will notify parents/guardians pick-up dates and times. Devices and other instructional materials may be picked up during these times. The Student Mobile Device Agreement details the student’s responsibilities, identifies the device provided, and requires a signature from both the student and parent/guardian.
HCPS has submitted a grant application to the Maryland Governor's Office of Rural Broadband for funding to address broadband access to unserved students. If awarded funds, HCPS will purchase cellular hotspots for students who do not have the ability to obtain broadband Internet access at their home. To comply with the FCC mandate, Internet access through the hotspots will be filtered. The grant funds only extend through December 2020, at which time, HCPS will cover the monthly fee for the balance of instruction delivered virtually.
Yes, HCPS leadership is working on developing a series of professional development and learning opportunities for teachers throughout the summer of 2020, in the fall, and continuing throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Curriculum writers are working to develop curriculum for classroom and digital learning environments.
Yes, HCPS leadership is working on developing a parent/guardian orientation and webinars that will be available for parents/guardians through the HCPS Parent Academy, as well as through Learn with Me events in August 2020 and throughout the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be shared in August 2020.
The HCPS Office of Technology will have the capability to monitor Google's G-Suite portal which provides information on students' activity with their Chromebook. Similarly, Microsoft's Office 365 and InTune portals will provide information on Windows-based devices. Additional tools, such as Cisco's Security Umbrella service, will also provide tracking data on student's web usage.
HCPS will offer virtual learning for prekindergarten in the fall.
The HCPS Curriculum Office, along with lead teachers, have created a 40-week scope and sequence of critical content for all academic areas. The critical content aligns with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MDCCRS). HCPS is dedicated to supporting student learning and growth. Virtual lessons have been designed to support our youngest learners. In addition, teachers will work diligently to bond with their students, build positive relationships and supply interactive and engaging lessons.
Yes, parents/guardians may complete and submit a kindergarten one-year maturity waiver available online here or contact the local elementary school.
Elementary school staff are responding to registration requests promptly. When registering, remember to make an appointment with the school to complete the registration process.
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland announced today that the 2020 high school fall and winter competition seasons will be postponed.
MPSSAA is working with all groups to create a plan focused on alternative ways to provide engaging opportunities for students in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester. Details of this plan will be available prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.
In alignment with this announcement, HCPS will postpone all face-to-face athletic conditioning, practices, and competitions for the fall and winter seasons. We will continue to work to provide opportunities for our student athletes to engage in a virtual environment.
HCPS has a team working on all possibilities surrounding fall activities. More information will be shared with parents/guardians and students soon.
Central Office is open to visitors as of June 17, 2020. Please make sure you first have an
appointment and sign-in when entering the main lobby of the building. If you DO NOT have any of
the symptoms listed on the visitor sign-in sheet and have answered “NO” to the “close contact”
If you DO have any of the symptoms listed on the visitor sign-in sheet OR have answered “YES” to
the “close contact” question:
Close Contact Question
Have you been in close prolonged contact with someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, without using infection protection and control precautions?
Close prolonged contact is defined as being less than six feet apart from another person for a period longer than 15 minutes.
*HCPS encourages use of personal pens. Disinfectant wipes are supplied for communal pens.
As of August 2020, access to schools and school offices continues to be limited. All HCPS schools have now posted on their webpage contact information for staff. Please visit www.hcps.org, click on ‘About Us,’ then ‘Our Schools’ and select your individual school website.
HCPS outdoor spaces are open to the public. Effective June 17, due to COVID-19, Use of Facilities (UOF) applications will be accepted for outdoor use only. Prior to the approval of a UOF application, a COVID-19 Plan must be sent by the organization requesting use of an HCPS facility. Individuals and requesting organizations must adhere to social distancing guidelines while on school grounds.
Virtual - Meal sites, like the current summer meal program, will be operational in certain areas of the county. Guidance from MSDE and USDA will regulate the procedures involved and may vary from the current service model.
Learning Support Centers – The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program will be available to all students. Meal benefit applications will be accepted and processed. Current standard operating procedures including wearing of gloves and face coverings will continue and kitchens and serving areas will be disinfected throughout the day. Enhanced safety measures related to student meal service, including student handwashing and appropriate sanitation measures for touch contact surfaces used by students during meal service will continue. HCPS will be observing cleaning and sanitation protocols provided by MSDE and the Harford County Health Department.
HCPS Student Support Services staff will provide support to students both in-person and virtually. In addition, the HCPS Emotional Recovery Team has put together a vast resource of activities to support the social and emotional well-being of students, which will be accessible to parents/guardians, students, and staff. Parents/Guardians and students can access resources that exist within their assigned school, school counselor, social worker, school psychologist, trusted teacher or administrator. From one of those access points families can either be served by HCPS staff or referred to a community resource.
Parents and students can also reach out to Christina Alton, LCSW-C, HCPS Mental Health Specialist,
email@example.com or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org .The mental health support e-mail inbox is monitored by a school social worker.
In the event of a mental health emergency, families should call 911. 911 .
The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center is also an option for mental health support. Families can call 1-800-NEXT-STEP or 410-874-0711 . The walk-in clinic is located at 802 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Families are encouraged to continue to seek guidance and referral from their physicians.
For free, personalized service, contact a LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialist by calling 877-261-0060 Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A Referral Specialist can help find childcare options based on your family’s specific needs.
HCPS is also working with providers to determine their availability to support before and after school services for families at the HCPS Learning Support Centers.
The families of students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be contacted by HCPS special education staff to discuss the needs of individual students. Special education staff will: collaborate with families to address student learning needs during the transition to the 2020-2021 school year; prioritize face-to-face assessments to inform eligibility and shape goals in the student’s IEP; collect student data to inform student progress and identify opportunities for recovery; complete on-going monitoring of student progress and communicate with families, teachers, and service providers; convene virtual IEP meetings whenever necessary to address student needs, amend or revise IEP goals based on student progress; and partner with families, the Special Education Citizens Advisory Council, other community supports, and staff to proactively provide and respond to student needs.
Face-to-Face testing will begin in August and will continue into the 2020-2021 school year. HCPS related services staff will begin contacting the families of students with disabilities or suspected disabilities who require a Face-to-Face assessment to schedule these assessments. Proper safety protocols have been established and will be utilized to minimize health risks to students and staff throughout the assessment process. Parents/Guardians will be given the option to proceed with or decline the offer of Face-to-Face testing. Families who decline will be contacted by their child’s case manager to schedule an IEP meeting.
Child Find is a special education service provided by HCPS to identify children with disabilities, birth to age 21, who are suspected of having an educational disability and may need special education and related services. Child Find services are supplied year-round, at no-cost. Preschool children living in Harford County who are not enrolled in a preschool program, as well as children ages 3-21 attending an MSDE approved private/parochial school located in Harford County, are eligible to receive Child Find services.
The HCPS Child Find process includes referral, prescreening to determine the need for assessment, a first evaluation or reevaluation to determine eligibility, and the development of an IEP or Service Plan upon eligibility for special education services. This process begins with a referral to the HCPS Child Find Center started by the parent/guardian or by an individual familiar with the child’s development (with parent/guardian consent). Parents/Guardians of children enrolled in HCPS, should contact their local school if they suspect their child may have a disability requiring special education services.
For more information related to Child Find, contact the HCPS Child Find Center at 410-638-4386 or 410-638-4387 .
Parents/Guardians of children, who are not yet three years old, may contact the Harford County Infants and Toddlers Program at 410-638-3823 for inquiries about accessing services.
School staff will communicate with parents/guardians regarding student absences and many of the typical interventions to address absenteeism will be in place during the virtual learning model. Additionally, parents/guardians will be permitted to submit absence notes electronically.
Students will be graded for their schoolwork with teachers providing direct and timely feedback to students. The Home Access Center (HAC) will be utilized to monitor student progress and to publish report cards at the end of the first and second quarter for all students in grades K-12. PreK students will receive a report card via email. Elementary schools will not hold their traditional parent/teacher conferences at the conclusion of the first quarter. All grades will be reported as dictated in the HCPS Board of Education policy entitled Report Cards and Marking System.
Parents/Guardians who have technical difficulties establishing a HAC account should contact
for assistance. Parents/Guardians with students in middle and high school should contact their school counselor with non-technical questions.
Senior pictures are taking place throughout the summer at all high schools. Parents/Guardians and students should contact their school for specific dates.
Students wanting assistance with college materials should contact their individual/home school. School counseling offices will be open in the fall. School counselors will be able to support the college application process virtually and through Naviance, focusing on the vision of North Star through college and career readiness.
SAT’s are being administered in our schools. Please visit the College Board website to register: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
All HCPS staff related announcements and updates will be shared via the HCPS 411 Update this summer. HCPS 10-month employees are encouraged to monitor their email regularly for updates throughout the summer months.
HCPS is addressing equity, guided by the four focus areas identified by MSDE: Academic Achievement and Growth, Leadership and Human Capital, School Climate and Culture, and Educator and Staff Capacity. This includes using an equity lens to strategically monitor and evaluate curriculum that supports the academic achievement of all students, working to attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff, and providing professional development on digital teaching and learning, disproportionate discipline, implicit bias, culturally responsive practices, and social emotional learning. HCPS will continue to monitor every policy, practice, and process for its impact on every student to ensure an equitable environment for all.
HCPS offered academic tutoring to students throughout the summer. The intent of this tutoring is to ensure that students enter their next grade level or sequential course with the necessary pre-requisite skills and knowledge. HCPS is studying the possibility of continuing tutoring to students this fall, to continue to address gaps in learning. More information will be shared with parents at the start of the school year.
The HCPS service model for bus transportation will continue to follow the same guidelines for bus routing and bus stop information as we did prior to COVID-19. The only change will be that your student(s) schedule may vary depending on the school schedule. Students should only ride the bus on the scheduled day(s); assigned to them by the school. See bus information here: http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=HCPS3HATZU1H2
COVID-19 Transportation Guidance:
HCPS will follow the guidance provided by Maryland Association of Pupil Transportation in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Transportation.
Apply now to be a Learning Support Center Assistant! For more information, click here!
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: AUGUST 6, 2020
Learning Support Center Assistant Application is Open!
As Harford County Public Schools prepares for virtual learning to begin this upcoming school year, we would like to make the community aware of an employment opportunity to serve our students. Students have the option to complete their virtual learning in a Learning Support Center. We will need Learning Support Center Assistants to monitor and oversee students assigned to these centers during the school day while they participate in their virtual learning activities. Locations will be available throughout the county. In order to access the full job description and application for this position, please visit our website at HCPS.org or by clicking on the provided link: https://harford.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx. You can easily access the application by typing “Learning Support Center Assistant” in the search box. Thank you in advance for you willingness to support the students of Harford County Public Schools.
For additional information or questions, please reach out to the HCPS Human Resources Office at 410-588-5238.
UPDATE: AUGUST 5, 2020
SAT Administration August 29, 2020 CANCELED
The following message will be sent to families of Junior and Senior class members at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020:
This is an important announcement for students eligible to participate in the SAT. The SAT scheduled for Saturday, August 29 has been canceled. Participants will receive cancellation information directly from the College Board, or ETS, via the email used to initially register. This is a result of HCPS being inundated with registrations from out of county and out of state. In order to ensure Harford County Public Schools students are able to register and sit for the SAT in Harford County public schools, we will re-schedule the SAT administration for dates in September and October at multiple schools and will schedule them on weekdays during regular school hours. Additional details will be provided as soon as they are available. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.
UPDATE: AUGUST 3, 2020
HCPS Athletics Information and Parent Intentions Form Reminder
This information will be sent to all families via our mass communication phone, email, and text, system at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.
As you may already be aware, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland announced today that the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season will be postponed.
MPSSAA is working with all groups to create a plan focused on alternative ways to provide engaging opportunities for students in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester. We anticipate details of this plan will be available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.
In alignment with this announcement, Harford County Public Schools will postpone all face to face athletic conditioning, practices and competitions for fall and winter seasons. We will continue to work to provide opportunities for our student-athletes to engage in a virtual environment.
Also, if you have not completed the Parent Intentions Form, visit hcps.org and click on the link at the top of the News Alert in the green box. Forms are available through tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This information is essential to planning for the 2020-2021 school year and your response is greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: AUGUST 3, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR AUGUST 10, 2020 6:30PM
On August 10, 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 must do so by submitting comments in writing
using the following link: Contact Board of Education . Deadline to submit comments is 12:00 Noon on Monday, August 10, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
UPDATE: JULY 27, 2020
Asynchronous Learning Opportunities for Families
Harford County Public Schools is working on a plan to offer asynchronous learning (learning that occurs online without real-time interaction or instruction by an educator) opportunities for families for the 2020-2021 School Year. While some features of live, synchronous instruction from a teacher will be limited, families and students will be able to access the curriculum and critical content pacing charts in the itslearning platform on their own time, including mornings, afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends. More details will come in the upcoming weeks, including parent/guardian training on itslearning and Chromebooks and Windows-based laptops for students. If your child is attending a Learning Support Center, all students will participate in synchronous learning (real-time interaction between the teacher and students).
UPDATE: JULY 23, 2020
In response to several of the questions asked during last week’s Parent Academy Town Hall, revisions have been made to the draft Continuity of Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year, including daily student schedules for virtual learning; transportation information; and food services information. A link to the updated plan can be found on www.hcps.org, or by clicking here.
UPDATE: JULY 21, 2020
As shared in the latest version of the HCPS Recovery Plan, all instruction during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will be virtual. HCPS will be implementing a modified plan that relies exclusively on virtual learning while providing opportunities for students who need a safe, supervised place to access virtual instruction.
Chromebooks will be provided for all students in grades K-8, and Windows-based laptops will be provided for all students in grades 9-12. All teachers will receive a Windows-based laptop. HCPS is currently undertaking trials of cellular hotspots, to ensure students have Internet access in underserved areas by cable providers. In addition, we are making dramatic upgrades to our curriculum and professional development to ensure virtual instruction is more interactive and engaging than during the Spring of 2020.
To address the needs of students who require a safe place to access virtual instruction, we are offering a limited number of spaces in HCPS Learning Support Centers at each of our schools where students will be supervised by an HCPS employee and have reliable access to the Internet. Please note that the HCPS employees staffing the Learning Support Centers will not be the children's classroom teachers.
The HCPS Learning Support Centers will follow the published 2020-2021 school calendar for days open; however, the hours of operation may not follow traditional school hours. Before and after care options may be available. More information about the schedule for our Learning Support Centers and the virtual day will be shared as soon as it is available.
While attending the HCPS Learning Support Centers, students will receive virtual instruction from their teacher working from a remote location. These students will have access to bus transportation and food and nutrition services. Please note that meal distribution sites will be utilized throughout the county for those students who do not attend Learning Support Centers but still need access to meals. A schedule of locations and times will be shared as soon as it is available.
Social distancing guidelines and face coverings will be required in Learning Support Centers in accordance with current state and local health department guidance.
HCPS is gathering more information about the 2020-2021 school year and would like to hear from you to better understand your needs and concerns as we return to school in the fall. Please complete a short intentions form, and answer the questions as best as you can. This will take approximately 1-2 minutes in total to complete. HCPS Leadership will use this information for planning purposes.
To complete the form now, click here.
Please also note that you should be able to complete this form on your phone. However, completing this form on a computer, iPad, or tablet will allow for ease of completion.
UPDATE: JULY 16, 2020
Parent Academy Town Hall Q&A: HCPS Recovery Plan
The LIVE Town Hall Q&A on the HCPS Recovery Plan is TONIGHT, Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. After Dr. Bulson reviews the plan, the option to submit a question will open! Don't hear your question asked? Don't worry! Questions/answers will be shared on the Recovery webpage on hcps.org. Here's the link to join the LIVE conversation this evening!
If you have trouble connecting via your cell phone, try a desktop/laptop/other device. You should be given an option to, "watch on the web" instead of setting up a Microsoft Teams account. Still have trouble joining us? Don't worry- the event will be recorded to share at a later date!
UPDATE: JULY 16, 2020
Dr. Bulson shares the updated HCPS Recovery Plan
Dear Harford County Public Schools Community,
Last week, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) released the Draft Recovery Plan for opening the 2020-2021 school year and presented the plan publicly at the July 13 Board of Education meeting. Since the release of the plan, community stakeholders provided extensive feedback with the majority of messages falling into two distinct groups: (1) those who support opening schools to in-person learning, and (2) those who support a fully distance-learning environment due to safety concerns.
There is general agreement that safe, in-person learning would be the first preference, but the current conditions make it impossible for large groups of students to be in school at one time. Based on this feedback, we determined the hybrid model in the Draft Recovery Plan does not allow our students and staff to adequately practice social distancing, and it creates an insurmountable logistical challenge for parents in many cases. Additionally, due to several health and safety concerns, many of our educators may not be able to be present for an in-person model which would have impacted our ability to provide adequate supervision and instruction.
Subsequently, HCPS will be implementing a modified plan that relies exclusively on virtual learning while providing opportunities for students who need a safe, supervised place during the school day. All instruction during the first semester will be virtual. Chromebooks will be provided for all students in grades K-8, and Windows-based laptops will be provided for all students in grades 9-12. All teachers will receive a Windows-based laptop. HCPS is currently undertaking trials of cellular hotspots throughout the county, to provide Internet access to all students. In addition, we are making dramatic upgrades to our curriculum and professional development to ensure virtual instruction is more interactive and engaging than during the Spring of 2020.
To address the needs of students who require a safe place to spend the school day, we are offering a limited number of spaces in HCPS Learning Support Centers at each of our schools where students will be supervised by an HCPS employee and have reliable access to the Internet. While attending the HCPS Learning Support Centers, students will receive virtual instruction from their teacher working from a remote location. These students will have access to bus transportation and Food and Nutrition services.
Next week, we will send an Intentions Survey to all families asking who will be interested in having their children attend HCPS Learning Support Centers in the Fall. Prior to finalizing this plan, HCPS will have to weigh demand for attending the HCPS Learning Support Centers against our capacity to staff them safely. An infographic with additional details about the HCPS Virtual Learning and the HCPS Learning Support Centers are available on our website.
This evening, HCPS is hosting a Parent Academy Town Hall to provide an opportunity for parents and community members to engage in a more robust conversation about the details of this plan. Please join us from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on-line. You can access the event at this link.
Our ultimate goal is for every student to return to in-person learning as soon as safety allows. We have been fortunate that Harford County has experienced the lowest infection rate among the large counties in Maryland. Our county leadership has done an excellent job balancing safety considerations with efforts to incrementally return the community to more “normal” activities. We believe this plan is consistent with that approach and we will continue seeking ways to incrementally provide additional in-person experiences, particularly for our students with the greatest learning needs.
Sean Bulson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
UPDATE: JULY 15, 2020
TOWN HALL Q&A POSTPONED
The Live Town Hall Q&A event scheduled for this evening to discuss the HCPS draft Recovery Plan has been POSTPONED until tomorrow, Thursday, July 16. It will remain scheduled from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Revisions have been made to the draft recovery plan. An updated recovery plan will be available by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for review prior to tomorrow night’s discussion.
Join us LIVE by clicking here, tomorrow night. If you have not participated in a Teams Live event before, feel free to click on the link ahead of time to ensure you're set up and ready to listen in at 5:30 p.m. If you try logging in on a phone and do not get an option to, "watch on the web instead," you may need to use a laptop/desktop/or alternate device to access the event.
*The event will be recorded and distributed at a later date for viewing if you are unable to join us live.
UPDATE: JULY 9, 2020
Current Draft: HCPS Recovery Plan Release
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:
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