Last Updated February 24, 2020
Over 6,500 water sources have been tested in Harford County Public Schools
during the 2018 school year. Of those water sources, which include kitchen
sinks, hand washing sinks, water fountains, and water sources that were not actively in use at
the time the samples were taken, 633 water source samples returned with what are considered,
"actionable levels." Of those 633 water sources, 28 are water fountains. The 28 water fountains
have been shut down and are no longer in use. Signs have been posted at all of the sinks to make
visitors aware of the test results.
In response to requirements stipulated in HB 270, passed by the General Assembly and signed into
law by Governor Larry Hogan.
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) has been testing water outlets at schools for the presence
The law requires that schools "must test for the presence of lead in all drinking water outlets"
that are served by public water.
The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) defines a "drinking water outlet" as "a potable water
fixture that is used for drinking
or food preparation." According to COMAR, such outlets include an ice-making machine, a hot
a kitchen sink, a classroom combination sink with drinking fountain, a sink in a home economics
a teachers' lounge sink, a nurse's office sink, a sink in a special education classroom, and any
known to be used for human consumption. Also, according to COMAR, a "drinking water outlet" does
"an outlet clearly signed as not a drinking water outlet."
HCPS has also tested outlets such as all bathroom sinks and places from which water is not
intended to be consumed.
Sampling was done by HCPS personnel. If levels exceeded the action level,
was provided to parents/guardians and staff. Results can also be found on this page. Full results
available at all schools where testing has been completed and lab reports have been received.
As allowable under the law, HCPS has standing approval until July 1, 2019, to sample the
remaining schools in our county.
The law requires that school be in session when testing is done, and was
completed by July 2019. We will, as the law requires, sample each school once every three (3)
that point unless a waiver is granted for a school.
information about the law can be found on the Maryland Department of the Environment
With regard to remediations, we are replacing, disconnecting or clearly marking the outlet as
not a drinking outlet at any
interior fixture where samples show a level higher than the allowable 20 parts per billion. Any
water outlet where elevated lead levels have been found has been turned off until repairs can be
and new testing is done. Sufficient drinking water outlets without elevated lead levels exist
and staff in all schools.
In accordance with the law, retesting will be done at any site where a fixture has been
The documents provided to parents/guardians and staff also discuss the various ways in which
humans can be exposed to lead
and the potential risks associated with that exposure.
To see lead sampling testing results at a glance,
Lead Sampling Tracking Action Levels
Testing not yet completed
Results received - no outlets
over the action level
Results received with
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: JULY 1, 2020
STARS OF SUMMER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration is OPEN for HCPS' Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through grade nine HCPS students. The program runs from July 20 through August 13, 2020, 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!
Full brochure of options and additional information is posted on hcps.org.
Registration is open through July 8, 2020. You may register your student(s) using the links below:
Kindergarten and Grade 1*: https://bit.ly/2Vvc53U
Grade 2 and Grade 3**: https://bit.ly/3ieYp6U
Grade 4 and Grade 5**: https://bit.ly/38fRYM7
Grade 6 through Grade 9**: https://bit.ly/3gb1u68
*for 2019 – 2020 kindergarten and Grade 1 students
**for 2020 – 2021 Grade 2 through Grade 9 students
We look forward to meeting our Stars of Summer!
UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2020
The following message will be sent to all students/families at 11:00 a.m.:
Good morning. This is an important message regarding P-EBT, a new pandemic program that provides food benefits to children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. ALL HCPS families inadvertently received correspondence indicating they were eligible for the P-EBT program. While the error was identified, mailings of letters and P-EBT cards were already underway.
If you receive the letter and card and do qualify for the benefit, the appropriate funds will be available on your card.
If your family has received the letter and card in error, and you do not have a child eligible for the benefit, there will not be any funds available on the P-EBT card and you may dispose of the letter and card.
If you have questions about the funds on your card, please follow the instructions on the letter and visit www.dhs.maryland.gov/p-EBT for additional information. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day.
UPDATE: JUNE 26, 2020
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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