On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, information was released in our community and reported on by the local newspaper. Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is sharing all documentation surrounding the situation, so our community has access to all documents referenced.
Please read all the information and understand that HCPS has and will continue to support ALL students EVERY day. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment gives students equal educational opportunities no matter what their race, ethnic background, religion, or sex, or whether they are rich or poor, citizen or non-citizen. In addition, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits sex discrimination, including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity in education programs and activities. If you or your student have a concern, please speak directly with an administrator at your school. We cannot always give everyone what they want, but we can make every effort to find a solution and offer accommodations to those who ask. Our mission is to honor the diversity of our students and staff in a safe and caring environment.
To protect the privacy of the students involved, information like the school’s name, grade level, and pronouns have been redacted from the letters
President, Board of Education of Harford County
Sean Bulson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
11/30/2022 3:01 PM
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
10/4/2022 8:35 AM
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