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
For over 20 years, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school counselors have administered Wellness Needs Assessments. The results of the assessment are used to determine how HCPS staff can provide more direct and specific supports to our students. We hope you will encourage your child to share their true thoughts and feelings as we look to provide as supportive and nurturing a school environment as possible for all students.
Students do not have to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment with the school counselor and can let their school counselor know if they do not want to participate. You may also send an email to your student’s school counselor to make them aware if you do not want your child to participate in the Wellness Needs Assessment.
9/21/2023 5:00 PM
9/20/2023 5:00 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking your feedback on the proposed 2024-2025 school calendar.
At the September 18 Board of Education business meeting, two proposed calendars were shared with the Board- one starting before Labor Day and the second, starting after Labor Day. You can watch the presentation on the Board Archive page. A survey has been created to collect your feedback on the proposed calendars. The survey also provides an opportunity for additional comments at the end of the survey.
Your input is vital to ensuring all perspectives are considered when creating the next HCPS calendar. This process is taking place now because it is Board policy to finalize the calendar at least 8 months prior to the first day of school.
We are asking parents and guardians, staff, and community members to provide input for the next 60 days before the Board votes on the final 2024-2025 HCPS calendar on December 18, 2023. Be sure to "refresh" your browser to see the most recent results for the survey!
9/19/2023 3:03 PM
The following message is being sent to parents and guardians of students in grade 12 via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. All HCPS app users will receive a push notification:
Since 1970, the Maryland Page Program provides an opportunity for high school seniors to serve alongside Maryland legislators during the annual session of the Maryland General Assembly. Each year, only 105 pages and 36 alternates are selected from across the State to represent their schools and counties in Annapolis. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a front-row seat to see government in action and to impact legislation that impacts all of Maryland!
Click Here for the Application
Click Here to Hear from Past Student Pages
Selected pages serve two nonconsecutive weeks, during the thirteen weeks of session. During the 13 weeks of session, which runs from the second week in January to early April, each page serves one week during the first seven weeks and returns for a second week of service during the last six. The duties of the page revolve around the schedule of the chamber. Whenever the chamber is in session, pages must be present. Each page is paid a stipend of $55 per day worked to help defray expenses. Lodging and meals must be paid for by the page. Lodging is arranged by the Page Office for pages outside Anne Arundel County who request housing.
Students interested in being considered to serve as a Page should complete this application Form by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2023.
9/12/2023 10:46 AM
Harford County Public Schools invites you to our Magnet and Technical Programs Information Nights.
These meetings have been scheduled from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on September 19th at North Harford High School, September 21st at Aberdeen High School, September 26th at Havre de Grace High School, September 28th at Harford Technical High School, October 3rd at Edgewood High School and October 9th at Joppatowne High School.
The programs that will be discussed are the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School; the Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Edgewood High School; the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Program at North Harford High School; Oracle Academy at Havre de Grace High School; Junior Reserve Training Corps or JROTC, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or PTECH, at Joppatowne High School; Teacher Academy of Maryland, and Harford Technical High School.
Please visit https://www.hcps.org/schools/magnetprograms/ for information regarding HCPS Magnet programs, including Open house details. You can also contact your school of interest directly with questions or for more information.
9/7/2023 5:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2024-2025 school year, 8th grade students who are applying to the Teacher Academy of Maryland Magnet may be offered seats in either Edgewood High School or North Harford High School via an established lottery process.
Students currently enrolled in TAM at Harford Technical High School will continue the program at Harford Technical high School through their graduation.
9/5/2023 5:30 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians of fifth-grade students,
This school year, your student will take part in an amazing opportunity at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. The Fifth Grade Residential Outdoor Education Program is an overnight program and part of your student’s Environmental Stewardship unit. The hands-on learning opportunities at Harford Glen cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Staff at Harford Glen will host eight Open Houses for you to bring your student, learn about the program and visit the facility.
The Open Houses should take approximately 30 minutes and are self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds, and facilities, on your own. Harford Glen staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If Harford County Public Schools closes schools on any of the above dates, the Open House that day will be canceled.
For more information about the Harford Glen programs, click here.
Manager of Communications
8/29/2023 5:00 PM
8/21/2023 9:31 AM
Please be advised that we have been made aware of unauthorized web sites and smart phone apps that accept Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) student credentials, potentially stealing your students’ credentials and or misusing them.
Parents and guardians should check their student's personal devices for apps and web site access to prevent them from unknowingly giving access to their personal information. We use security measures on HCPS devices to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t protect your personal devices. Only you can ensure your student isn’t using an app or visiting a site that may be collecting information in the background!
All HCPS approved apps and platforms are listed on hcps.org; if we haven’t endorsed it, don’t use it. If you want to ask about a specific app/platform, contact User.Support@hcps.org.
8/10/2023 11:27 AM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Harford County Public Schools, with support from a generous grant from the Harford County Health Department, is pleased to offer Care Solace to all students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their care companion team is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances and even options for those without insurance. This referral process is at no cost to you or the school system.
For more information on Care Solace, how to connect someone, or how to utilize Care Solace yourself, please watch this Parent Academy Real Talk video.
Parents/guardians and staff may access Care Solace services by utilizing the Care Solace website or calling (888) 515-0595. Support is available in 200+ languages. Parents/guardians can also call their child’s school to have administration or student services staff complete a referral on their behalf.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
6/13/2023 5:00 PM
The following communication was sent to families on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.:
During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved the date of the primary election for the State of Maryland. As a result, the primary elections will be held on May 14, 2023, instead of April 23, 2024.
The Board of Education of Harford County (BOE) originally approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar at the Board of Education Business Meeting on December 19, 2022. As a result of the election date change, the BOE voted on Monday, May 22, 2023, to make the following adjustment to the 2023-2024 school year calendar:
HCPS schools and offices will be open on April 23, 2024, and schools and offices will be closed on May 14, 2024, to allow our schools to to function as polling places for the election.
Calendar information can be found here.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
5/31/2023 5:00 PM
Harford County Public Schools has launched an app for your phone that is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The app is designed to give you a centralized, customizable, easy to navigate resource to get important HCPS information. Using the app, you will be able to check your student’s accounts like MySchoolBucks, GoFan, and School Cash Online and see what’s on the upcoming breakfast and lunch menus, learn about what is going on in our schools, access a school and staff directory, and follow us on our social media platforms.
We encourage all our families to stay up to date with what is going on in our schools, and an easy way to do that is by downloading the app!
To download, click here. Or you can go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Harford County Public Schools, and click on the app with the HCPS logo.
What are you waiting for? Download the app today!
Manager of Communications
4/25/2023 5:00 PM
12/21/2022 12:09 PM
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