Would you consider your child's school to be Family Friendly? We want to know!
The HCPS Parent Academy, in partnership with Chick-fil-A of Harford County, is excited to sponsor the HCPS Family Friendly
School Award program. HCPS recognizes that building meaningful relationships between schools, families, and communities
is imperative to student achievement. When families are involved in their children's learning -- both at home and at school --
their children are likely to do better in school. And parents, guardians, and family members are more likely to be involved
and engage with their child's school if they feel welcomed and valued.
We are looking to celebrate our schools that best engage all families with inclusive practices. HCPS uses the National
PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships as an indicator of a family friendly school. With this new program, schools consistently
demonstrating these standards could earn the coveted Family Friendly School Award and special recognition that accompanies that title,
including a luncheon for the school's staff provided by Chick-fil-A of Harford County!
This recognition program runs September through May. Nominations are collected during the first week of each month by completing
the nomination form
Then, the community is invited to vote for the winning school the second week of
each month. Visit this page to view the nominated schools and cast your vote! We also will share the information at the beginning
of each month on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow the HCPS Parent Academy page on Facebook! Help us spread the word by sharing
this information with others in your school community!
We are deeply grateful for our generous Chick-fil-A partners at the Constant Friendship, Forest Hill, Aberdeen, and Bel Air locations for their
tremendous support of this program.
You have already voted! Check back later to see which school wins.
September 2021 Family Friendly School
Principal: Ronald Wooden
School Website: https://wpes.ss18.sharpschool.com/
September 2021 nominees
October 2021 Family Friendly School
Principal: Natalie Holloway
School Website: https://bams.ss18.sharpschool.com/
October 2021 nominees
November 2021 Family Friendly School
Principal: Blaine Hawley
School Website: https://rpes.ss18.sharpschool.com/
November 2021 nominees
December 2021 Family Friendly School
Principal: Robert J. DeLeva
December 2021 nominees
January 2022 Family Friendly School
Principal: Victoria Guido
School Website: https://fles.ss18.sharpschool.com/
January 2022 nominees
February 2022 Family Friendly School
Principal: Kathleen Garafola
School Website: https://jves.ss18.sharpschool.com/
February 2022 nominees
March 2022 Family Friendly School
Principal: Harley J. Main
School Website: https://cces.ss18.sharpschool.com/
March 2022 nominees
April 2022 Family Friendly School
Principal: Mary Ann Clinton
School Website: https://fges.ss18.sharpschool.com/
April 2022 nominees
May 2022 Family Friendly School
Principal: Christine A. Langrehr
School Website: https://gles.ss18.sharpschool.com/
May 2022 nominees
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Following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in Harford County Public Schools, we want to provide additional information to students, staff, parents, and guardians.
If staff or students are sick, please stay home.
Bel Air High School: Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fallston High School: Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
North Harford High School: Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aberdeen High School: Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
If you have already registered with MAKO for a prior COVID-19 screening clinic, you do not need to complete the registration again before attending a voluntary clinic.
If you have not registered with MAKO, please click here for registration information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.”
Based on the CDC’s latest update, the COVID-19 Community Level in Harford County is “low.” When community levels are “low,” CDC guidance says:
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Click here for more information about CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
Click here for a video message following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in HCPS. A big “thank you” to Ms. Abbott’s 5th graders at Ring Factory Elementary School who star in the video! #HCPSuperStars
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Tonight, February 28, 2022, at 6:51 p.m. during the Board Business meeting, the Board of Education of Harford County voted to lift the mask mandate in all Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school buildings and facilities, making masks optional for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them. The change will take effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This comes after conversations with local health officials following the Maryland State Board of Education and the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote to lift the state mask mandate for schools.
We want to be very clear: We support students and adults who choose to continue wearing masks in our school buildings and facilities. Now that the mask mandate has been lifted, this is a personal and family choice. Much like any other personal choice or difference of opinion, there will be no tolerance in our classrooms, schools, or offices, for anyone who wishes to intimidate, tease, or bully anyone else for their choice of whether to wear a mask or not. We ask all our adults to lead by example and all our families to have conversations with their students about this important issue. We must continue to exercise grace, patience, and flexibility with one another.
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its federal mask order to no longer require that people wear masks on buses operated by school systems when they are carrying out school-system related business. As a result, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will also be optional on school buses, when those buses are carrying out school-related functions.
Following the current quarantine and isolation guidance set forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), students and staff who have completed their five-day isolation or quarantine period should continue to mask in all public settings, including schools, for five additional days. Additionally, all students utilizing health suite services will need to utilize a mask during their visit based on guidance from the CDC. Masks will be provided in health suites as needed.
Please click here for the HCPS Operational Status effective March 1, 2022. It is also available on hcps.org.
We have all been anxious to get to this point. Again, with masks now optional in schools, HCPS facilities, and on school buses for school related activities, we ask everyone to continue to exercise diligence, caution, and kindness, as we traverse the road ahead, HCPStogether.
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