Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is home to approximately 3,000 military-connected children and their families, with most parents/guardians serving at U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground. HCPS understands the challenges military-connected families may experience with frequent transitioning from one installation to the next. For military-connected children to have an equal opportunity for academic success, HCPS implements the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, ensuring that school personnel (school counselors and those responsible for registration) are able to respond to the common concerns that affect military-connected children as a result of frequent moves and deployments.
Parents must live in the school attendance area of the school in which they plan to enroll their child(ren). Use the School Locator to help determine your HCPS attendance area. Parents/guardians can find information about how to register their child(ren) for school at our Registering for Schools page, and information about individual schools is available at our Schools page (under School Information).
Our online registration process will make sure your students are ready to put boots on the ground in our schools by the time you arrive!
The HCPS Parent Academy provides a variety of videos to support parents and guardians, including workshops on various topics of interest. Click here to access those resources.
The Army’s School Support Services, a branch of the Child & Youth Services, provides school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources, and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services features School Liaison Officers (SLOs) who help schools, installations, and families work together for student achievement. For more information and contact information about APG’s SLO, click here.
Families can find additional APG information and resources here:
If you have a question or need answers you can't seem to find, you are encouraged to email AskHCPS@hcps.org or give us a call at (410) 809-6193.
Welcome to Harford County, and thank you for your service!
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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