The Board of Education of Harford County recognizes the power of highly skilled employees in every position
in the school
system toward maximizing student achievement. It is the responsibility of the school system to recruit,
and retain the best personnel available, and to provide all staff with high quality, job-embedded
The Harford County Public School System (HCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age,
religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information, or disability in matters
affecting employment or in providing access to programs to employees. Inquiries related to the
policy of the Board of Education of Harford County should be directed to the Supervisor of Equity and
Background checks and fingerprinting are conducted in order to maintain a safe and
environment within Harford County
Public Schools. Our goal of continuously promoting the physical, social, and
well-being of our students is accomplished through the initiation of adequate
investigations of all personnel as required by law.
Fingerprint appointments are
only available to HCPS new hires or when the Office of Internal
notifies an individual of the need to reprint due to clarification. If there is a
question regarding this process or an issue scheduling an appointment, please
the Office of Internal Investigations at 410-588-5247 .
A fee in the amount of $60.00 (non-refundable/non-reimbursable) will apply for
processing; payable online through
PayPal or offline through check or money order ONLY to Harford County Public
Fingerprint cards/background checks from other school systems, government offices,
or police agencies
will not be accepted.
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appointment or to obtain additional information.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) authorizes our school system to provide
services to individuals
who are in a position which requires a certificate (teachers, specialists, administrators).
current HCPS employees whose positions do not require a certificate (non-teachers, substitute
teachers, etc.) and individuals who are no longer employed by HCPS who have questions about
must work through MSDE’s Certification Branch.
To search for teacher certification information, begin by accessing the Divisions, Educator
Branch page of the MSDE website at:
FAQs may be accessed by clicking on the link located on the right sidebar of the Certification
HCPS employees, whose positions require a certificate, please refer to the certification
in the Human
Resources, Certification Department section of the
This is an important request of families with students in 4th through 12th grade.
If your student brought their HCPS-issued Chromebook or laptop home with them this weekend, please have them plug in the device to an electrical outlet, and power on the device. Please have your student sign in, and leave the device powered on for approximately one hour. This will prompt the device to receive required updates.
Allowing devices to update at home this weekend will save students and staff time completing the updates on their devices at school next week.
If your student’s device was left in the school, they will receive the updates when they log on at school and no further action is needed on your part.
In June of 2021, the Superintendent received boundary adjustment recommendations. These recommendations were from the Advisory Team charged to evaluate and develop potential solutions to balance enrollment throughout the HCPS school district. Since receiving the recommendations, the Superintendent has been working with HCPS staff to develop draft recommendations that will be presented to the public for additional input.
Thank you to all who have been involved in the process to date and have provided feedback during the first two phases of the process. The data gathered through community input provided the guidance needed by the Advisory Team. Stakeholder responses to surveys, attendance at various education forums, Board of Education meetings, and the many submissions of testimony and alternate suggestions have provided much-needed feedback throughout the process so far.
As we continue with the third phase of the process, we again ask for public involvement and feedback on the Superintendent’s recommendations to address overcrowding in our schools. Using this feedback, he will forward his recommendation to the Board of Education in October 2021. The Board of Education will make a final decision in February 2022.
The virtual public input forums will take place via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the dates below. During these forums, participants will be put into small discussion groups to provide feedback on the changes. For this reason, community members who plan to participate in a virtual forum are asked to register their intent to attend by clicking the date below. Please note, registration for an event will close 48 hours prior to the event date.
It is suggested the public participate in the forum associated with your secondary attendance area; however, participants are not required to attend the meeting with their attendance area listed. You may address any attendance area at any of the forums listed.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Fallston, Joppatowne, and North Harford)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, and Edgewood)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, and Patterson Mill)
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s draft recommendations, boundary maps, and map books associated with the boundary adjustments being proposed, are available on the Balancing Enrollment page on hcps.org.
Additionally, please be advised notifications and updates will be communicated via HCPS’ Connect5 phone, email, text, and posted to the HCPS Balancing Enrollment Webpage. You are encouraged to register for or update your information for HCPS communications at the links below. This will ensure you receive all direct mass communication about the balancing enrollment initiative as we move forward in the process.
Community Members https://hcpscommunityconnect.bbcportal.com/
Parents/Guardians - https://hcpsparentconnect.bbcportal.com/
Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
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