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
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.
12/8/2022 5:00 PM
The following message will be sent to all staff, parents and guardians, via phone, email, and text message on December 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.:
On Friday, December 9, 2022, all schools will dismiss 3 hours early for students. Please note, half-day PreK will NOT meet on early dismissal dates.
Calendar information for the entire 2022-2023 school year can be found on hcps.org.
12/7/2022 8:11 AM
The following message will be sent to staff and families December 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, and text message:
The window is now open to nominate your favorite teacher from this year, or years past, for the 2023 Teacher of the Year!
Visit hcps.org and click “learn more” in the banner at the top of the page to share a few sentences on why you want your school to consider nominating your favorite teacher this year! The program will look slightly different this year as HCPS will celebrate a night of excellence in education when the Teacher of the Year is announced. In addition to announcing the 2023 Teacher of the Year, we will honor retired or former teachers who will be inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame.
We want to thank HarfordTV who is planning to broadcast the culminating event on April 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (mark your calendar now!) via their Facebook Live as well as recording for later viewing. Local businesses and community members continue to play an integral part in showing our appreciation for our educators and we look forward to celebrating with everyone again this year! If you or your business would like to support the program this year, please reach out to email@example.com for more information.
Nominations are due by January 4, 2023. Don't delay- submit your nomination here as soon as possible.
12/6/2022 10:55 AM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
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.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
10/4/2022 8:35 AM
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