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 .
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
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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
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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.
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