HCPS Communications Office is responsible for the school system’s public relations and
efforts including marketing, internal communications, community engagement, media relations, etc.
Educational public relations is a planned, systematic management function, designed to help improve the
programs and services
of the school system. It relies on a comprehensive, two-way communication process involving both
and external publics with the goal of stimulating better understanding of the role, objectives,
and needs of HCPS. The goal of the Communications Office is to assist in interpreting public attitudes,
identify and help shape policies and procedures in the public interest, and carry on involvement and
information activities which earn public understanding and support. The Manager of Communications
and coordinates these communications efforts and serves as the school system's chief spokesperson. The
office aims to support the district's mission, vision and goals by building strong relationships with
stakeholders, aligning messages for key initiatives and programs, and engaging the community in two-way
communication targeted to their needs.
Communication Audit Report
Harford Cable Network (HCN) now has a channel on Verizon FiOS! Check out these shows on HCN
Comcast Channel 21, Armstrong
Channel 7 and Verizon FiOS Channel 31.
To request a DVD/VHS copy of a program aired on HCN, please contact the
Harford Cable Network
The Harford County Board of Education Meetings are streamed live
during Board Meetings on Monday. The latest Harford County Board of Education
sponsored by HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union. For more information about the Board
please visit the
Board of Education Meeting Information Page
To view older Board Meetings please
This Harford Cable Network (HCN) program is dedicated to featuring positive, kids-oriented
current events in Harford County.
From local events and sports, to fitness and art, KidsTVNews provides useful information
for kids of all ages. This program features the Cool Harford Schools segment, which
topics specific to Harford County Public Schools. The
Harford County High School athletes from throughout the county go head to head in weekly
competition. Sports include football,
soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading, tennis, golf & swimming.
For more information about HCPS Athletics, visit the
Athletics Home Page
To view archieved High School Games of the Week
All County Band Concerts held at various schools.
For more information about All-County Music Program, visit the
Music Department Home Page
Combined chorus made up of vocalists from various high schools throughout Harford County.
Ms. Ashley Gereli is a 6th-year Special Education teacher at Churchville Elementary School. A proud product of HCPS, she completed the Teaching Academy of Maryland Program at C. Milton Wright High in 2012. She attended Harford Community College to study Elementary Education, Special Education, and Psychology, earning her Associate of Arts in 2014. Ms. Gereli completed her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education at Towson University in 2016. Currently, she is pursuing her graduate studies in Transformational Educational Leadership (M.A) at Towson University. At Churchville Elementary School, Ms. Gereli is a member of many leadership teams, serves as a ClubHOUSE Leader, and was nominated by her colleagues for the 2021-22 Harford County Education Foundation Everyday Hero award
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The Harford County Public School System began an Educator Hall of Fame program in October,
month, during the school
year, one former HCPS educator is inducted into the Hall of Fame based on their outstanding
students, colleagues, and the community for at least 20 years. The prospective Hall of Fame
nominated by the Harford County Retired School Personnel Association and confirmed by the
The inductees (or their families in case the inductee is not available or is deceased) are
a Board of Education meeting where they are recognized with plaques, certificates from
officials, and are prominently featured on the school system website,
www.hcps.org. For more information on the program, contact
system Communications Specialist,
Lindsay Bilodeau, 410-588-5203
Hall of Fame Nomination Form (applications accepted year-round)
Manager of Communications
Graphic Design and Technical Specialist
Communications Office Secretary
Do you know about our Learning Together program? HCPS is looking for typically developing 3- and 4-year-old children to participate in a free, 2- or 3-half-day preschool program for the 2023-2024 school year. The purpose of the Learning Together Program is to have typically developing children learning alongside preschool children with disabilities. The program promotes social, communication, literacy, and numeracy skill development for all children.
The program is located at the following schools: Meadowvale Elementary, Havre de Grace Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary, Youths Benefit Elementary, and North Bend Elementary.
Children must be at least 3-years old as of September 1, 2023 and be toilet trained.
For more information and to access the application, visit https://www.hcps.org/departments/instructionalsupport/specialeducation/learningtogether/
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce Joppatowne High School has been approved by the Department of the Army to establish a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, effective February 1, 2023. Students currently in eighth grade throughout the county will be able to apply to join JROTC at Joppatowne High. Applications will be available Tuesday, January 17, 2023, through Friday, February 10, 2023, on hcps.org and in all middle school counseling offices.
Click here to watch a Parent Academy Real Talk about JROTC in HCPS!
In May 2016, the Board of Education of Harford County approved the submission of the JROTC application and the establishment of the program at Joppatowne High School. Strong support was provided from the Military Officers Association of America; Susquehanna Chapter; and numerous local, state, and federal leaders for instituting a program at Joppatowne High. Joppatowne High was the first school in the nation to offer a high school curriculum program for Homeland Security. The Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Program is a signature curriculum that is affiliated with internships and instruction from area colleges and civil defense agencies. JROTC is an excellent addition to the program.
Harford County is the proud home of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). APG is the largest employer in the county and is a critical US Army research, development, test, and evaluation installation. In 2017, APG and the surrounding community celebrated the 100th anniversary of APG as a national military garrison. This year, Harford County celebrates a 250-year anniversary. Launching the JROTC program in Harford County is a great addition and way to continue to celebrate Harford County’s legacy.
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Applications will open next week, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the blended virtual learning programs at Swan Creek School for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are interested in applying for grades 2-12 e-learning or grades 6-12 for in-person, blended learning, please visit the Swan Creek School website for additional information about the school.
Applications will be due February 15, 2023. Students will be informed of their enrollment status by March 31, 2023. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats per classroom, a lottery system will be implemented.
If after reviewing the program information on the website you have questions about the program or application process, please contact Swan Creek School at 410-273-5594.
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This is an important message for all parents and guardians with a student in twelfth grade.
Graduation dates, times, and locations have been finalized. Visit the calendar page on hcps.org for the full schedule and visit our YouTube channel or click here to watch the latest Parent Academy Real Talk discussing graduation ceremonies this year.
Your school will provide additional details about your schools specific graduation ceremony.
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The following message is being sent to all contacts in our mass notification system via phone, email, and text message at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2022:
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved the HCPS application to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on up to 3 inclement weather days. HCPS staff are diligently working to prepare a “practice” of what this will look like. That practice is scheduled for the evening of Monday, January 9, 2023. Prekindergarten students will receive a bag of supplies when the bags are delivered. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 will bring their device home January 9, 2023; as part of their homework, they must log into their inclement weather tile, which will appear on Canvas, and send a confirmation message to the teacher. The HCPS curriculum offices is creating the assignment that every single student will do that will be a quick confirmation that they were able to get in.
If your school needs to adjust the systemwide asynchronous virtual instruction plan, they will reach out to your directly with additional information.
Please note, if there is a need to close HCPS for inclement weather PRIOR to January 9, we will NOT utilize virtual instruction. Following the practice on the evening of January 9, HCPS plans to conduct asynchronous virtual instruction on the first 3 closures for inclement weather.
Families can expect additional details to be available on hcps.org, including information about where to access asynchronous virtual instruction, what time it will be available, as well as a Parent Academy video with additional details. This will be available prior to the January 9, 2022 scheduled "practice."
Again, MSDE approved the HCPS application for asynchronous virtual instruction on inclement weather days and we look forward to having a very brief systemwide “practice” after school on Monday, January 9, 2023. Additional details will be made available as soon as possible.
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The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
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