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.
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JULY 13, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On July 13, 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, 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.
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.
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, please contact us for assistance. Parents with students in middle and high school should contact their administrator or school counselor with non-technical questions.
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:
An Important Message from Superintendent Bulson
DIGITAL COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATIONS
Official End of Year Calendar Information
Dr. Bulson has shared in his messages that we were anticipating June 16, 2020 as the last student day for students in kindergarten through grade 11. We are excited to announce that we have received approval from MSDE of the waiver HCPS requested in order to make this calendar official!
So let's make it OFFICIAL! The last day for students:
June 12, 2020- Last day for prekindergarten students
June 16, 2020- Last day for students in kindergarten through grade 11
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – June 8, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
On June 8, 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 a 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 8, 2020.
The following information must be provided on the contact form:
School Pick-Up and Drop-Off
In his last message, Dr. Bulson shared that staff were working on a plan to return students personal items and collect HCPS items from students.Here are the windows for pick-up/drop off of personal/HCPS items at each grade level. If you haven't already, you will receive additional information and details from your school including your scheduled date/time for pick-up/drop-off!
Online Registration for Students New to HCPS for the 2020-2021 School Year
Online registration is available for students entering HCPS for the 2020-2021 school year from Kindergarten through grade 12. Visit "Register Your Student" on hcps.org for more information. Information about early entrance, or advanced placement, transfers, and more, is available on this document on the "Register Your Student" page on our website.
HCPS Class of 2020: Road to Graduation
View Superintendent Bulson's message to graduating seniors here. Included in his message is a schedule of events including in-person, individual commencement experiences.
Elementary Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences for Fourth Quarter
The following message is being sent to Parents/Guardians of students in PreKindergarten through Grade 5 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via our mass communication system.
As you are aware, elementary schools will be utilizing a parent-teacher conference format for the fourth quarter. This structure will provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to have a conversation regarding the work your child completed during at-home learning. Conferences will be approximately 15 minutes in length and will be held during a 2-week conference window from June 2-15, 2020.
Please expect communication from your child's school or teacher to share their process to identify the best date and time for conducting your child’s conference.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – MAY 18, 2020
On May 18, 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 a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org if you have any questions about the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Thank you.
An Important Message from the Office of Special Education
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we near the end of the eighth week of school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Special Education hopes that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. In our last communication on April 13, we announced that case managers would be reaching out to garner input from families for individualized distance learning plans. A recent review of completed plans reveals that over 90% of our families have communicated with their special education case manager to craft an individualized plan and to support the delivery of special education during the school closure. We want to thank all of you for your flexibility and support through this process.
Since our last communication there have been several updates regarding the education of students during the pandemic. A recent communication from MSDE entitled, “A Parents Guide: Navigating Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic" can be viewed here. The guide summarizes the realities of education during the closure, includes answers to frequently asked questions, and of particular importance, offers a list of the local resources and services, with email addresses and phone numbers, to support families.
Finally, we are nearing the deadline (May 18) for completion of MSDE’s Parent Survey. If you have not done so, please give us your input regarding Special Education in Harford County Public Schools by completing this online survey. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.mdparentsurvey.com.
We appreciate the on-going support of all of our families and community members who continue to partner with us to deliver special education to our students.
Director of Special Education
Important Message from Superintendent Bulson
A Special Message for the Senior Class of 2020
The Digital Learning survey can be accessed here. The 2020 Census can be accessed here.
An Important Message from Dr. Bulson
In my video message last week, I shared that Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) has developed a survey to gather more information related to digital learning as we continue to work with our Board of Education and other members of our leadership team to determine the best way to increase our digital learning capacity and initiatives going into the next school year.
To better understand how we can serve our school community in this way, we are asking all students, parents/guardians, staff members, and community members to participate in a short online survey about digital learning during the school closure as a result of COVID-19. For our student population, the survey is open to those in grades 3-12. We encourage their participation and understand that some students - especially those in the younger grades - may want or need to take the survey with the assistance of a parent/guardian.
All information provided in survey responses will remain confidential by HCPS and will only be reported collectively.
We hope you will take this survey to provide us with valuable data that will help inform future decisions on digital learning; however, participation in the survey is voluntary and not mandatory.
To take the 3-5 minute survey now, click here. The survey link is also accessible from our website, hcps.org. I thank you, in advance, for your time and valuable feedback.
Please continue to stay healthy and take care of one another.
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Harford County Public Schools
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING – MAY 4, 2020
On May 4, 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 a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020.
The following information must be provided on the contact form:
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Registration POSTPONED
The prekindergarten, early entrance, and advanced placement applications, as well as kindergarten registration and waivers were scheduled to begin the first Friday in May. However, due to the current health crisis in Maryland, these procedures will need to be rescheduled. HCPS is looking into alternative viable dates and methods for the application, waiver, and registration process for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please continue to check the HCPS website for further instructions regarding this matter. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Home Access Center (HAC) Information
All parents and guardians with students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade, will have access to an electronic report card for the third 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.
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. You can also click here to access the directions. 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 Friday, April 24, 2020. Parents who are unable to establish a HAC account, please contact us.
Pre-K report cards will be sent by email. If there are any additional questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher.
PUBLIC NOTICE TO PARTICIPATE IN APRIL 20, 2020 BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
On April 20, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Business Meeting of the Board of Education of Harford County will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit a public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
An Important Message about Fourth Quarter Grading for Middle and High School
Don't forget to visit our COVID-19 webpage for the HCPS FAQ that is regularly updated with important information for students and families.
The most recent addition to the FAQ? A document from the office of secondary education to help students and parents/guardians understand how fourth quarter grades will be calculated.
This message will sent via the mass communication system on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Dear Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Families,
On March 16, 2020, HCPS closed schools, at the direction of Governor Hogan, in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. At the onset of the closure, HCPS curriculum and instruction staff prepared learning packets to maintain the continuity of learning while, at the same time, encouraging families to focus on health and safety.
The Office of Special Education has been diligently reviewing guidance from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to continue to move forward with special education services during this closure. We will be utilizing a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to allow students to continue to receive special education.
According to guidance issued by MSDE on April 2, 2020:
"...it is not necessary for the local school system to convene an IEP meeting IF you and your school staff can agree on the services your child will receive during this time that schools are closed."
Understanding that some of the guidance may change as the pandemic progresses, HCPS Office of Special Education has begun operating on the following timeline in order to support students and families:
March 30 – April 9 Special Education staff prepare progress notes for third quarter. Reporting of progress to be sent via e-mail on or before April 24.
April 14 – April 24 Case managers continue to complete student/family check-ins and begin to draft the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) with individual families.
We look forward to working with you to deliver special education to students throughout the pandemic. We will face difficult challenges during the closure, but we know that you will partner with us in finding the best solutions possible given the current circumstances. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of every individual student and family. Please continue to take advantage of all school and county resources.
Michael J. Thatcher
Director of Special Education
Holiday Closure and Additional Meal Resources
As a reminder, Harford County Public Schools will be closed Friday, April 10, 2020 and Monday, April 13, 2020 with a three hour early closure on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
In response to the scheduled closure, this Thursday, April 9, 2020, an additional meal bag will be available for each child at every meal site during regular distribution hours. The additional meal bag, which includes items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is intended to provide food support to our families who may need additional resources during this difficult time.
For additional meal site information, visit www.hcpsmenus.com.
A Message from Superintendent Bulson
This week, teachers and other instructional staff returned to work in this new and evolving environment of school closures and stay-at-home orders. Our goal was for our schools to reestablish contact with students. I want to thank our employees for their persistence in reaching out to families and beginning the process of helping our students continue their learning at home. Our continuity of learning plan cannot replace face-to-face instruction, but we are committed to improving our ability to support student learning every week we are closed.
I also want to thank our dedicated Food and Nutrition staff who are now distributing meals at 21 different sites across the county. Today we served over 10,000 meals to 3,500 students, and demand for meals continues to increase daily.
Please continue to monitor the HCPS Coronavirus web page for updates and the latest system news about the ongoing pandemic. This week we updated our Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance related to third quarter grades and continuity of learning. The site also contains the latest information on food distribution, event and activity cancellations, as well as links to important local, state, and national resources.
I know this is a difficult time for everyone and I want to thank you for your patience and understanding. I am confident we will get through this together!
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,
Sean Bulson, Ed.D.
Harford County Public Schools
Monday, March 30, 2020, your student's teacher will reach out to you. Teachers are working from home, so you may get a call from a blocked or private number. We will encourage teachers to leave a message indicating a time they will call back if you do not pick up. Please be on the lookout for these calls.
Our goal for this week, as teachers and other instructional staff return to work, is to re-establish contact with students and identify the best ways to be in touch during the closure.
Yesterday, in conjunction with Governor Hogan’s press conference, State Superintendent of schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, closed all Maryland public schools through April 24, 2020.
In preparation for an extended closure, we have developed Recommended Learning Experiences for families to use with their children over the next two weeks. Those resources are now available on our website, hcps.org for families to access electronically. To access the documents, open the COVID-19 page on our website and click the Out-of-School Curriculum Materials tab. You will then need to enter your child’s student ID number so we may confirm which families have accessed the online resources.
To maintain social distancing practices, it is best if families access the materials electronically. However, beginning today, March 26, and tomorrow, March 27, families who cannot access them in that manner may obtain printed copies of the Recommended Learning Experiences by visiting one of the 19 meal sites throughout the county, as well as John Archer, Fallston High, Norrisville Elementary, and North Bend Elementary schools. Materials will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On a related note, we are adding two new meal sites today and two additional sites on Monday, so please visit hcpsmenus.com to see the list of sites to be used for food and materials distribution and for news about new sites we may add in the future.
Over the next two weeks our teachers and staff will be re-establishing contact with all students and they will begin providing support and guidance to help with the Learning Experiences materials.
Throughout this crisis, we ask you to continue following the directions and guidance from the Governor to practice social distancing and refrain from any unnecessary travel. Over the last two weeks we have all encountered significant changes in our personal and professional lives, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding moving forward through these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our students and community members is our first priority, so thank you for everything you have been doing toward that end.
Sean Bulson, Ed.D
Harford County Public Schools
As schools across the country confront the effects of COVID-19, I want to thank you, the parents
and guardians, our students, and our staff, for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as
we face this challenge together.
At this time, we have no formal announcement from State authorities about how much longer we
should expect to remain closed. HCPS is not equipped to deliver comprehensive online instruction
to our students. However, we continue to seek additional information about access to technology
for the households of our students and staff members. I want to thank you for the more than
20,000 responses we received to our digital survey for families and the over 2,500 responses we
received from staff as we look to the future of how instruction may be delivered in our school
system. The preliminary information we have learned from the responses is helping us better
understand the steps we will need to take in the event we stay closed beyond March 27. Please
submit your responses by 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 20, when the survey will officially
I also understand that future school-related dates and events are at the forefront of your
minds. I have received questions on everything from grades, to testing, to graduation credits
and other end-of-year events. As soon as we have greater clarity about when we will return to
school, I will ensure we communicate clear decisions about those events as quickly as possible.
I want to thank our food and nutrition department who has been preparing and distributing
breakfast, lunch, and dinner “to go” at sites throughout the county. If you are not able to
access a meal site or need additional assistance, I encourage you to call 2-1-1 or reach out to
the Harford Community Action Agency.
Please follow local health department and county government social media pages as well as the
site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest guidance. We will
continue to provide new information about Harford County Public Schools via our website, social
media channels, and of course, through this channel.
I look forward to speaking with you again next week and I hope you have a wonderful evening.
Food Services Information
Information about food services for students is posted on www.hcpsmenus.com and will continue to be updated as it
Effective tomorrow, March 18, 2020, two new locations have been added: Bel Air Elementary and
Dublin Elementary Schools. Please check www.hcpsmenus.com for additional sites, operating hours,
A Survey from HCPS in Response to COVID-19
Harford County Public Schools staff are continuing to work diligently to ensure plans are in
place for any additional actions that may need to be taken in response to COVID-19. Please click here to
complete the survey to determine the level of access to our online resources that may be
utilized, should it be necessary to provide additional instructional
resources for students to access from home beyond this initial 2-week closure.
Harford County Public Schools Operations Update
Most HCPS 12-month employees will be expected to work from home beginning tomorrow, Tuesday,
March 17, 2020. Critical staff will be in buildings to ensure things like cleaning, food
preparation, and payroll continue, but please note that our buildings and property will not be
open to the public beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020; this includes all tracks,
fields, and playgrounds. All afterschool/evening and weekend activities remain canceled. This
means all sports practices and competitions are canceled until schools reopen. Teams should not
gather or practice on or off school grounds.
If you did not contact your child’s school nurse last week to pick up medications from the
nurses suite, please utilize the COVID-19 hotline or email address, available on the HCPS
website, to make pick-up arrangements.
Meal delivery sites where breakfast and dinner will be delivered with lunches, are listed on www.hcpsmenus.com.
We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Harford County Public Schools Closure Information for Parents/Guardians and
All afterschool/evening, and weekend activities are canceled today, Friday, March 13, 2020.
Today, daycares in HCPS buildings will remain open for one hour beyond the end of the school
As shared yesterday, all Maryland public school systems will be closed from March 16-27. We are
awaiting guidance from the Maryland State Department of Education as to whether these days will
be made up or waived by the state.
The instructional packet coming home today is also available on our website by clicking here, in addition to being shared via
the Home Access Center, or HAC.
Food and Nutrition information, including menus and distribution locations, will be on www.hcpsmenus.com as soon as it is
available. If you have not done so already, please call your school if you need to make
arrangements to pick up your child’s medication.
Harford County Public Schools has created a webpage with additional resources; you can access it
by clicking on the COVID-19 button at the top of our website or by clicking here. The attached is an overview of
how to access this and additional resources.
12-month employees are to continue to report to work as normally scheduled, Custodians will work
with their supervisor to determine their work schedule; 11-month employees should await further
instruction from their supervisor; 10-month employees do not report as of March 16, 2020. If
there are changes to this work schedule, employees will be contacted via our normal avenues of
communication. All 10 and 12 month employees will continue to be paid according to our
originally published pay schedule.
We will share additional information as it becomes available.
State Superintendent Announces all Maryland Public School Systems Closed March 16-27,
As you may be aware, at a press conference held today at 4:15 p.m., State Superintendent Karen
Salmon announced that all Maryland public school systems, including Harford County Public
Schools, will be closed March 16 through March 27, 2020. All school sanctioned travel is
canceled effective immediately. During this time of closure, buildings and school buses will be
cleaned and disinfected. Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020, there will be no school-sanctioned
travel, which includes field trips, and there will be no afterschool/evening activities.
Tomorrow, your student will bring home instructional materials to be completed during the
system-wide closure. This information will be accessible on HCPS.org. This is an evolving
situation and we will provide additional information as it becomes available. Staff will receive
additional guidance as soon as possible. As Governor Hogan stated in his press conference, “we
are all in this together,” and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
An Important Message on COVID-19 or Coronavirus
In response to the rapidly changing information that we receive about COVID-19, we are canceling
out-of-state field trips and staff school or business related travel, until further notice.
all schools have been directed to ensure students and staff are given the opportunity to wash
hands, with soap and water, particularly before and after meals, but also as needed throughout
school day. The expectation to allow time for students to wash their hands with soap and water
throughout the day may cause delays or changes to schedules and we ask for your patience and
understanding at this time. In addition, we remind staff, students, and guests that we ask you
stay home from school if you have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Remember that you should not
return to work or school until you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing
for at least 24 hours or as directed by your healthcare provider. To encourage our community to
us in this practice, we are suspending all "perfect" attendance awards or programs at this time.
This information is also available on our website, and will be shared on our Facebook page. We
continue to update you as we receive additional advice and guidance from our healthcare partners
throughout the county.
In light of the governor’s press release confirming a case of COVID-19 in Harford County, we are
reaching out to reassure you that we are continuing close and frequent conversations with the
Harford County Health Department and continue to receive guidance from the Maryland Department
Health and the Center for Disease Control, or CDC.
Last week, we shared a list of things that we as a community can do in an effort to prevent
spreading any illnesses. That list remains on the HCPS website. We also ask you to assist us and
adhere to the following:
Staff, students, parents/guardians, and guests are asked to stay home from school if
have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Remember that you should not return to work or school
until you have been fever- free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24
hours or as directed by your healthcare provider.
The Maryland Department of Health encourages anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to
the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, at 410-517-3720, and asks that Maryland
dial 2-1-1 with all other questions. We encourage you to follow the Harford County Health
Department, Maryland Department of Health and CDC on their social media platforms for the most
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow.
As coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in China and subsequent positive cases in the United
continues, our school system and Harford County Health Department are fielding an increasing
of questions from parents and residents. Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases,
are working closely together and receiving guidance from the Harford County Health Department,
Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is important to understand that as of the time of this message, we have no confirmed cases of
coronavirus in Harford County or Maryland. This is a rapidly changing situation, and one which
are monitoring closely. If necessary, Harford County Public Schools does have a pandemic
plan. These plans are updated as needed to reflect the specific nature of the current health
as new information about the virus becomes available.
While there is not an imminent health threat at this time, we ask parents and guardians to
to be vigilant in your efforts to keep your students and community healthy. We have attached
additional information as well as posted it on the HCPS website and Facebook page, including
precautions to avoid exposure to the virus; they are the same precautions you would take to
the flu. Just a reminder, students should stay home from school until they have been fever free
without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
Thank you for your attention to this public health concern. We will continue our partnerships
public health experts and will update you when new relevant information is available.
ATTACHMENT: COVID-19 Letter 2-26-2020
The student ID number is the same as the Food & Nutrition PIN. The student ID number may also be found on prior report cards or progress reports.
If you do not have the student ID number, email User.Support@hcps.org ; provide your full legal name, relationship to the student and the student’s name in the message.
Meals will be offered to students outside of the designated locations listed below. (Signage will
posted to assist in locating the HCPS delivery vans.) Meal service will begin on Tuesday, March 17,
2020, and will remain available for the duration of
the closure. Meals will be provided to all children, ages 2-18, without charge. Please see the above
press release for more information.
Update: Children do NOT need to be present with a parent/guardian for food pick-up at any of our meal sites.
Parent/guardian must provide child's name at time of pick-up.
As a reminder, all children age 18 and under and/or any HCPS student, regardless of age, will receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup. Children do not have to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals. You can go to any meal distribution location. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day.
Food services hours and locations have been updated and are posted on
Please check back regularly as this site will continue to be updated as new information becomes
Where can I find additional resources on COVID-19?
Harford County Health Department
Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Last Updated 3/13/2020
What resources are available for sharing information about the virus with my child(ren)?
Child Mind Institute: How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus
American School Counselor Association
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Coronavirus
More cancellations may be added to this page as more information becomes available.
The following is a message shared on behalf of International Baccalaureate Programme:
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.
For any other questions, please contact Jamie.Childs@hcps.org
The following is a message shared on behalf of College Board:
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Advanced Placement teachers received information from College Board regarding AP exams. The information in the email included AP instructional supports, as well as testing scenarios for the remainder of the school year. At this time, the 2019-2020 exam will be administered online at home and last for 45-minutes. The exam will be essay-style with no multiple choice. Students who registered for the test earlier this school year received a similar email Monday, March 23, 2020. For more information on instructional supports and testing scenarios, please click here.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons reinforce content and are designed to be used alongside content and concepts already covered by teachers. Additionally, the lessons are recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time. Click here to access the resources.
For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students may opt to take a 45-minute online exam at home. Please note: Students who do not wish to take the exam may cancel without a cancellation fee.
The Office of Personalized Learning continues to monitor changes in the AP test. Please visit www.collegeboard.org for more up to date information or follow The College Board on Twitter @collegeboard.
24/7 helpline to help families access food, emergency housing, medical care, day care,
and utility assistance.
Provides assistance to help all Harford County individuals and families who are
experiencing financial hardships in meeting their housing, food, energy/heating, and/or
budget and family counseling needs.
On-site information and referral to link clients with additional social services and
benefits offered throughout the county to help them maintain self-sufficiency while also
Harford County Education Foundation is supporting our children during this unprecedented time by providing families with the necessary tools and supplies to support learning at home. These resources can be found on our website at www.harfordeducation.org/home-learning-resources. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or use the form on the Home Learning Resources page on the website.
The Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19.
Those eligible for MCHP are uninsured children under age 19, whose household modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is at or below 211% of the federal poverty level (FPL) for their family size. In 2020, this was about $4,608/month for a family of four. If a family's income is greater, they may still be eligible for MCHIP Premium which requires a small monthly premium.
Benefits for children include doctor’s visits, hospital care, lab tests, dental and vision care, immunizations, prescriptions, mental health services and transportation to medical appointments.
It's easy to apply online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov. or by calling Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).
Need more information? Reach out to your school nurses via email for assistance.
MPT and public TV stations WETA and WHUT in Washington, D.C., have launched At-Home Learning, a coordinated weekday schedule of educational TV programming and online resources, designed to provide equitable access to distance learning content, supplement school instruction, and support parents with their new learning-at-home environment.
At-Home Learning includes a grade-level TV schedule, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. connected with digital and unplugged grade-level learning resources (PreK-grade 12) in subject areas, viewing guides, and a toolkit of curated resources for parents/families and educators with strategies, tips, and activities for remote learning.
Mpt.org/education is where you'll find online access to all of our resources.
CURRENT STATUS: VIRTUAL LEARNING
UPDATE: APRIL 13, 2021
The following message will be sent at 5:00 p.m. tonight to students and staff utilizing Verizon hotspots issued by HCPS. The message will be sent via phone, email, and text in our mass communication system.
Verizon has issued a recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspot device that you have been using for virtual learning. Over the last several weeks, Verizon was made aware that the lithium-ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard.
We will be working with Verizon as quickly and efficiently as possible to exchange all Ellipsis Jetpack devices that were issued. The replacement device will be an Orbic Speed mobile hotspot and will be replaced free of charge.
If your device is currently turned off, please turn it on so that the Ellipsis Jetpack can receive two (2) over-the-air, automatic software updates that will (a) enable the device’s identifying number to be viewed on its scrolling screen to help facilitate its exchange and (b) prevent the device from charging while the device is plugged in and powered on. You will know the software update has occurred when you see the device’s identifying number scrolling across its screen. When not in use, the device should be turned off, unplugged from its power source, and securely stored until you receive your replacement device and packaging to return the Ellipsis Jetpack safely.
At this time, HCPS has been informed that the replacement devices will not arrive for at least 4 weeks. You will receive a notification for the replacement process. Please be sure to collect all materials, including chargers, etc. from your original device and return them to the building when you return your laptop at the end of the school year.
As a reminder, and to help promote the safe operation of all devices, please follow these updated best practices:
If you have any questions or concerns about the technology issued to you, please contact email@example.com.
UPDATE: APRIL 8, 2021
The following message will be sent at 5:00 p.m. tonight to all contacts via phone, email, and text in our mass communication system.
As we continue with the school boundary review process, the Advisory Team for balancing enrollment in Harford County schools is inviting you to a Community Education Forum on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. During this meeting, the team will present potential elementary school boundary adjustments. This is an initial look at the most recent scenarios being reviewed by the Advisory Team. During the live event, participants will be able to ask questions in the chat and encouraged to take part in live polls to capture public opinion. For one week following the meeting, an exit survey will be also available on our website to contribute feedback on the boundary adjustments being discussed. The Advisory Team will use the information gathered during this event and from the survey to continue to revise and refine the proposed boundary adjustments. Use the link at the time of the event to join the meeting.
Join the Live Event Here - April 14, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please visit the HCPS Balancing Enrollment website for more information including maps of the initial draft boundary adjustment scenarios, an interactive web map, the meeting access link, and a detailed agenda by region. You can also listen in on the latest Parent Academy Real Talk for more information about the process.
If you are unable to attend the live event, a recording of the presentation will also be available on our website.
We look forward to going through this process with you.
UPDATE: APRIL 7, 2021
The following message was sent at 12:00 p.m. to all contacts via phone, email and text in our mass communication system.
Enrollment in the HCPS Blended Virtual Learning program for the 2021-2022 school year has officially begun. Applications are now being accepted and can be found on www.hcps.org. Also available on www.hcps.org are a recording of the parent/guardian informational session and a parent/guardian question and answer document.
If you or your family have seen benefits in virtual learning and would like to continue next year, please be sure to register!
Virtual Program from Home (eLearning) Elementary School Application
Virtual Program from Home (eLearning) Middle School Application
Virtual Program from Home (eLearning) High School Application
UPDATE: APRIL 6, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
BUSINESS MEETING – APRIL 12, 2021 – 6:30PM
The Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be held on April 12, 2021 at 6:30PM with only Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance virtually. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Public Comment Participation Call-In Process
Community members who wish to provide comments during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form, https://www.hcps.org/boe/publiccommentrequest.aspx
Registrations must be received by 9:00AM on Monday, April 12, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
First and Last name
1. Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
2. Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30PM on Monday, April 12, 2021.
3. Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
4. All speakers, regardless of affiliation, will receive 3-minutes per speaker. Speakers may be interrupted and be given notice when they have 30 seconds left. When speakers have reached their 3-minute mark, callers will be removed from the meeting.
5. The Board has allotted two-hours for the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting.
6. If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting within the two-hour time constraint, you will be placed on hold and greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time may vary based on number of registered speakers. The maximum wait time in the lobby is 30 minutes; should you be disconnected please call back.
7. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
8. In accordance with Board policy, if the number of speakers impede the ability of the Board to complete scheduled business, the Board reserves the right to reduce the amount of time allotted per speaker, or overall time allotted for public comment.
9. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
10. Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
11. Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel are not permitted. Speakers who engage in these comments will be reminded of the rules and the Board reserves the right to remove the speaker from the call.
12. All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: APRIL 1, 2021
The following message is being sent at 11:45 a.m. to all contacts with an email in our mass communication system.
Click here for a special message from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sean Bulson, and Health Officer of Harford County, Dr. David Bishai. We wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy spring break!
UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2021
The following message was sent at 10:00 a.m. to all contacts with an email in our mass communication system.
In May 2020, former Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) of Harford County, Christian Walker, and incoming SMOB, Phoebe Bailey-Probst, approached the Superintendent of Schools Sean Bulson, Ed. D. to suggest conducting a survey to learn about student perceptions of racism, implicit bias, and other forms of discrimination within Harford County Public Schools (HCPS).
Dr. Bulson encouraged Mr. Walker and Ms. Bailey to work with Mr. Yakoubou Ousmanou, manager of Research and Program Evaluation, and Dr. Paula Stanton, supervisor of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, to develop and administer the HCPS Survey on Racism, Implicit Bias and Other Forms of Discrimination. Dr. Bulson and his senior leadership team encouraged the administration of this survey and provided all the resources and support needed to successfully launch the survey; and pledged to use the findings of the survey to help address the issues of systemic racism, implicit bias, and other forms of discrimination in HCPS.
We are pleased to provide you with a direct link to this research report that presents key findings and recommendations from an analysis of the survey data. We ask that you take a moment to review the report. It is a valuable resource that HCPS leadership will use in conversations and planning as we move forward. Thank you to Mr. Walker and Ms. Bailey-Probst for their leadership in this endeavor!
UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2021
The following message will be sent to all contacts via phone, email, and text at 5:30 p.m.
All HCPS students, in-person and virtual learning, will be dismissed 3 hours early on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Schools will remain closed to students, with no virtual learning through Tuesday, April 6. We look forward to welcoming students back to in-person and virtual learning on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
HCPS offices will also dismiss 3 hours early on Thursday, April 1 and remain closed to visitors through Tuesday, April 6. The closure of offices on April 6 will allow all staff to attend professional development.
UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2021
The following message was sent to all contacts with an email in our mass communication system at 10:00 a.m.
As we continue with the school boundary review process, the Advisory Team for balancing enrollment in Harford County schools is inviting you to a Community Education Forum on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. During this meeting, the team will present potential elementary school boundary adjustments. This is an initial look at the most recent scenarios being reviewed by the Advisory Team. During the live event, participants will be able to ask questions in the chat and encouraged to take part in live polls to capture public opinion. If you are unable to attend the live event, a recording of the presentation will be available on our website at www.hcps.org/community/balancingenrollment/. For one week following the meeting, an exit survey will be also available on our website to contribute feedback on the boundary adjustments being discussed. The Advisory Team will use the information gathered during this event and from the survey to continue to revise and refine the proposed boundary adjustments. For more information, please visit the Balancing Enrollment page at www.hcps.org/community/balancingenrollment/. We look forward to going through this process with you.
Additional information, including a link to the event, will be sent next week.
UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2021
The following message was sent to all contacts via phone, email, and text Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
As we approach the first day of competition on April 7, we want to ensure our community is aware of mitigation strategies that will be in place for all athletics. For all athletic events, spectators will be limited to TWO family members per athlete. Face masks and social distancing are required. The student body will not be able to attend, and we will not accept staff IDs for entry to any athletic event. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as HCPS staff work to ensure spectators follow these steps and we can continue to welcome limited spectators at each athletic event.
UPDATE: MARCH 25, 2021
The following message will be sent to the John Archer School community via phone, email, and text at 5:00 p.m.
HCPS Leadership and a special Graduation Task Force have been working diligently to establish a plan to hold in-person graduation ceremonies. It has been a challenge due to changes to venue and gathering restrictions, in addition to the need to make plans with venues well enough in advance to finalize contracts and details. We are pleased to officially announce that Future Links graduation ceremony will be on Friday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. and John Archer graduates will celebrate on Friday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School. We anticipate our graduates will be able to celebrate this milestone with their classmates as well as their invited guests. Please note, mitigation strategies like social distancing in seating arrangements, mask wearing, and a health check, will be required. We look forward to celebrating Future Links and John Archer graduates on June 4 in the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School!
UPDATE: MARCH 24, 2021
The following message will be sent to all HCPS contacts in our mass communication system via phone, email, and text at 5:00 p.m.
HCPS Blended Virtual Learning in the 21-22SY: Info Session
This is an important message for families who would like to enroll in blended virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents, guardians, and students, are invited to join Principal DeLeva, Elementary Assistant Principal Farver, Secondary Assistant Principal Lovelace, and Coordinator of eLearning Rebecca Pensero, on March 30, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for more information about enrolling in blended virtual learning in the 2021-22 school year!
The information session will be made available through a Live Microsoft Teams link. We ecourage you to watch a special video invitation from Principal DeLeva. If you or your family have seen benefits in virtual learning and would like to continue next year, this meeting is for you! Be sure to tune in to ensure you have all the information about what enrolling in a Blended Virtual program next year will entail, what instruction will look like, and to know all the deadlines and requirements so you don’t miss your chance to enroll.
UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2021
The following message will be personalized with the commencement ceremony date and time, and sent to each high school community at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text. The commencement calendar has also been updated on hcps.org, "About Us-Calendars."
HCPS Leadership and a special Graduation Task Force have been working diligently to establish a plan to hold in-person graduation for the graduating class of 2021. It has been a challenge due to changes to venue and gathering restrictions, in addition to the need to make plans with venues well enough in advance to finalize contracts and details.
We are pleased to officially announce that we have reached an agreement with Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The venue holds approximately 1600 seats and what the stadium calls “pod” seating. In this venue, with these seating options, we anticipate our graduates will be able to celebrate this milestone with their classmates as well as their invited guests. Please note, mitigation strategies like social distancing through “pod” seating, mask wearing, and a health check, will be required.
This is an outside venue. If you receive our communications emails, the full schedule, including “Rain” dates will be attached. The schedule has also been posted on hcps.org, "About Us-Calendars." In addition to “rain” dates at Ripken Stadium, we are discussing additional “rain” dates with Harford Community College should we need to utilize the APGFCU Arena for graduations. If that is needed, graduation dates would be during the week of June 1 and adjustments would need to be made for the size and mitigation strategies at the Arena. We look forward to celebrating HCPS 2021 high school graduates at Ripken Stadium!
UPDATE: MARCH 22, 2021
The following message will be sent to all families at 5:00 p.m. via email. An abbreviated message will be sent via phone.
Elementary schools successfully transitioned to 2 days in-person learning per week on March 1, 2021 and secondary schools successfully welcomed students back to in-person learning on March 15, 2021. Consequently, we will move forward with our plan to welcome HCPS elementary school students into schools 4 days per week on March 29, 2021 and secondary schools (middle and high) will welcome students back to in-person learning 4 days per week on April 7, 2021. All students will remain at home for asynchronous learning on Fridays for the remainder of the school year.
We have seen students and staff with positive COVID-19 test results and are ensuring isolation and quarantine procedures are followed in all our buildings. We are also following all mitigation strategies outlined in our Continuity of Learning plan and ask for your continued support and understanding if HCPS staff contact you to discuss these mitigation strategies for your child or children.
The Continuity of Learning plan is on our website. In addition to CDC guidance, HCPS has established multiple mitigation strategies like mask wearing, social distancing when and where possible, plexiglass, staying home when sick, and sanitization, to ensure precautions are in place. As a reminder, HCPS nurses can administer with parent/guardian permission, rapid antigen testing on site when a student begins to show COVID-like symptoms while at school. This strategy is in place as another layer to keep our schools open!
For more on keeping schools open, you can view a video (also sent in a previous message) with HCPS Risk Manager, Katie Ridgway, and HCPS Nurse Coordinator, Mary Nasuta who sit down to discuss all of our mitigation strategies in more detail.
For families and students who wish to remain virtual, that option is available through the end of the 2020-2021 school year in all grade levels. Elementary students who wish to remain asynchronous for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, may do so. HCPS is in the planning stages of implementing a blended virtual program that can accommodate students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Interested students will need to apply to the blended virtual program (eLearning). If accepted into the program students will be enrolled in the blended virtual program (eLearning) rather than their home school. More information is available in the updated Continuity of Learning linked above and additional details about the program will be discussed at a Live Teams information session on March 30, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. This information session will provide an opportunity to meet principal, Rob DeLeva, Elementary Assistant Principal, Beth Farver, Secondary Assistant Principal, Zachary Lovelace, and Coordinator of eLearning, Rebecca Pensero. A brief presentation about the blended virtual program and enrollment deadlines will be provided followed by a time for Q&A. Click here for a special invitation from Principal DeLeva.
UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2021
BUSINESS MEETING – MARCH 22, 2021 – 6:30PM
The Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be held on March 22, 2021 at 6:30PM with only Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance virtually. The meeting will be streamed live and archived for later viewing on the HCPS Website.
Registrations must be received by 9:00AM on Monday, March 22, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
2. Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30PM on Monday, March 22, 2021.
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2021
A message from HCPS Superintendent Dr. Bulson
In January 2021, HCPS conducted virtual focus groups about COVID-19 and the 2020-21 school year with the goal of understanding what went well with district operations during the pandemic, lessons learned, and priorities for planning for a return to in-person learning. The full COVID-19 focus group report can be accessed here. I encourage you to find time to read and review the key findings and recommendations included in the report.
The following research questions guided the analysis of the focus group information and data:
Parents and guardians with questions regarding the report can reach out to Yakoubou Ousmanou, Manager of Research and Program Evaluation (North Star), via the following email address: NorthStarResearch@hcps.org.
Sean Bulson, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
4/13/2021 12:32:00 PM