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Authority and Responsibility of the Board of Education and the Superintendent
Collective Bargaining Information
Board of Education Contact Information
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are normally held on the second and fourth
each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may also be held
the year. All meetings are announced in advance in the newspapers or the HCPS web site
other print/electronic media including the Harford Cable Network. Meetings are open to
public unless otherwise announced.
If you wish to appear before the board, please complete a public comment form located at
entrance of the Board room. Comment cards must be completed and placed in the comment
to the start of the Board meeting. Cards will be collected and called in the order
Those who wish to speak after the Board meeting has started, may submit their comments
writing to the Board President at 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. Please note
following time restrictions for public comments. Three minutes - Individual. Five
To request disability-related reasonable accommodations, please call 410-838-7300
voice, 7-1-1 TTY or e-mail Jillian.Lader@hcps.org
at least three days prior to the meeting/event.
Instructions for Virtual Public Comment
Submit Comments for Virtual Board Meetings
The Audit Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities as established by the
Committee Charter are to: serve as an independent and objective party to monitor the
District’s financial reporting process and internal controls; review and appraise
efforts of the external auditors, financial and senior management and the Internal
and provide an open avenue of communication among the external auditors, financial
senior management, the Internal Auditor and the Board.
The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for assisting the Board of Education of Harford County and Harford County Public Schools by providing objective reviews of operations to confirm efficient and effective use of resources, improve internal controls, and strengthen Harford County Public Schools operations. The main objective is to add transparency and accountability of HCPS, its leaders and employees. The Board of Education of Harford County has established the Office of Internal Audit through the Office of Internal Audit's Board Policy . Additionally, the Board approved the Office of Internal
to define the internal audit activity's purpose, authority, and responsibility.
In July 2019, the Chief Auditor requested its first ever peer review and received the highest rating possible. The review included scrutiny of our internal quality control system to ensure that it is adequately designed and operating effectively. This provides reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards and the organization's established policies and procedures.
Peer Review Report
2019 ALGA Peer Review
Annual Audit Plan
Each year, the Office of Internal Audit submits its risk based annual audit plan to the Board of Education of Harford County for its approval. The Audit Plan communicates the internal audit activity's plans for the year. All significant changes will be communicated to the Board of Education and senior management.
FY2022 Audit Plan
FY2021 Audit Plan
FY2020 Audit Plan
FY2019 Audit Plan
FY2018 Audit Plan
Organizationally the Office of Internal Audit reports to the Board of Education of Harford County. The Audit Committee is a group of citizens and Board Members who provide additional guidance to the Office of Internal Audit. The Audit Committee serves to promote, maintain, and enhance the independence and objectivity of the internal audit function by ensuring broad audit coverage, adequate consideration of audit reports, and appropriate action on recommendations.
Laura J. Tucholski, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA
Charlene E. Riley, CISA, CIA
Administrative Support Specialist
FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
The Board of Education of Harford County encourages any concerned individual to report financial fraud, waste, abuse, or violation of Board of Education Policy and HCPS procedures. This Hotline can also be used to report violations of the HCPS coronavirus reopening guidelines in order for us to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
Financial fraud consists of ways by which HCPS employees or vendors use their employment status or vendor relationship to take funds for themselves or others at the expense of HCPS. Financial waste or abuse of financial resources includes ways that HCPS employees or vendors improperly, carelessly, or excessively spend, consume, mismanage, or misuse HCPS resources. Waste also includes spending unnecessarily as a result of inefficient or ineffective practices. Board of Education Policy and HCPS procedures are available on hcps.org. HCPS COVID-19 guidelines can be found through #HCPStogether on hcps.org.
Please note all reports come directly to the Chief Auditor and are kept confidential.
Call: Fraud Hotline
Waste or Abuse Reporting
Please email the completed form to the Chief Auditor,
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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
3/1/2022 1:45 PM
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.
2/28/2022 6:52 PM
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