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.
Lauren Byrd is a 17-year veteran teacher who is committed to her students success both inside and outside of the classroom. She believes the best learning happens through meaningful relationships built with students and families. She currently teaches first grade at Hickory Elementary School. She holds a master's degree from Loyola University as a reading teacher and a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Juniata College. She has partnered with the Instructional Technology Team and English/Language Arts Department to work on pilot programs, curriculum teams, and teacher leadership committees to help serve the students and teachers of Harford County.
View Teacher of the Year Archive
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
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 30, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021
OPEN SESSION: 5:15 PM - 5:20 PM
This meeting will be conducted virtually with no public attendance due to the brief nature of this meeting
and the logistical issues regarding allowing public attendance in advance of the 6:30 PM meeting.
*The only item the Board will consider during this open meeting is consideration of meeting in a closed session.
CLOSED SESSION: 5:20 PM - 6:15 PM
BUSINESS MEETING: 6:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT
This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid fashion and public attendance will be permitted as explained below:
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:20 PM AND THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County will hold a hybrid Business Meeting on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of the A.A. Roberty Building with Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance both virtually and in-person. A 60-seat capacity will be available to the public. Seats will be available on a first come-first served basis. 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 virtually during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form.
Registrations must be received by 9:00 AM on Monday, December 6, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families with an email in our mass communications system on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
Please take a moment to review the following message from HCPS about inclement weather operations during the 2021-2022 school year:
Inclement Weather Operations 2021-2022
Below is the message from the linked video, should you prefer to read the update here:
"As the weather gets colder, we reminisce about 'traditional' snow days from before COVID, and of course, think about virtual instruction that took place last year- even on snow days! As we wait for those first flakes to fall this year, we want to give our students and staff a quick update on how inclement weather will be addressed this year.
First, thank you to all of you who completed the survey about what staff and families would like to see on inclement weather days this year. There are many factors that must be considered moving forward. One factor that must be considered is if we hold asynchronous virtual instruction, as most survey respondents requested, will it count towards the state required 180 instructional days? Until we can confidently confirm that is the case, HCPS will utilize systemwide closures on inclement weather days. These will ensure the safety of students traveling on buses and provide consistent messaging for staff. Systemwide closures mean schools and offices are closed no instruction, in person or virtual, will take place. Essential personnel will receive further instruction from their immediate supervisors when needed. Transportation services will be suspended. We will continue to try to make and deliver these decisions the night before; not only does this help families and staff prepare for the closure, it ensures our transportation department who transports students to many out of county placements that require bus routes beginning much earlier and lasting much further into the evening than a traditional bus route, has plenty of notice, too.
If conditions allow for a delayed opening or require an early dismissal, HCPS will conduct those operational changes in the same manner they will apply to all students and staff and essential personnel will receive further instruction from their immediate supervisor.
Again, if the announcement says it is a systemwide closure, all schools and offices are shut down and essential personnel will receive additional information from their supervisor.
If we can operate virtually on inclement weather days in the future, we will be sure to share that with you as early as possible."
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
We would like to announce a new feature available on hcps.org for those utilizing HCPS bus transportation. If your bus or bus route is experiencing a known delay, information will be posted as soon as possible via the School Bus Route Status button on the homepage. The information is designed to provide the duration of the delay and whether a bus replacement will be necessary.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to face challenges like staffing shortages in our transportation department. If you or someone you know is interested in training to become an HCPS bus driver, please apply at hcps.org.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2021
The following information will be sent directly to all staff and families via phone, email, and text via our mass communications system Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, all HCPS schools and offices will be dismissed 3 hours early. Schools and offices will remain closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021 for Thanksgiving break. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Please visit www.hcps.org to access calendar information for the entire 2021-2022 school year, or by clicking here.
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