An essential component of the education process is the safe and efficient transportation
of students to
and from school.
The successful completion of this task relies on the shared
responsibility of drivers, students, parents, schools, and
Harford County Public School buses transport approximately 35,000 children on 500 buses
everyday to and
from school, travelling
nearly 42,000 miles daily. To ensure safe and reliable service,
Harford County Public Schools Transportation takes great
pride in our driver training program and fleet maintenance.
The pupil transportation system in Harford County is operated under State
and Local policies and guidelines established by
the Maryland State Department of Education and the Harford County Board
of Education. The Transportation Services Department emphasizes the
policies for parental information:
The following transportation rules apply to all students riding school buses
to and from Harford County Public Schools. In
addition, all other policies adopted by the Board of Education regarding
student behavior on school property will be enforced on Harford County
Public Schools buses.
Students who are assigned to ride Harford County Public School buses must
assume certain responsibilities. Misconduct, carelessness,
and thoughtlessness are hazardous to the safe operation of the school
bus. The bus is an integral part of the total school program; and the
driver, who is an adult in a position of authority, must insist on
Each student will receive a copy of the "Transportation Rules for Students"
which is located in the Parent-Student Handbook
& Calendar. These rules will be reviewed and interpreted for the students
on an annual basis by school personnel. Violation of these rules must
be reported to the school principal. When a principal is advised of a
violation of the "Transportation Rules for Students" and where the principal
determines, as a result of their investigation, that a violation of the
"Transportation Rules for Students" has occurred, the student may face
Withdrawal of transportation services for a day shall be defined as a day
that school is in session. Students and their parents
should be aware that misbehavior on school buses may also have other
serious consequences. Specifically, violation of the "Transportation
Rules for Students" may result in a suspension from school. Furthermore,
any act by a student which contributes to a school bus accident will
be reported to the police officer investigating the incident.
Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operation of a
school's transportation system. If the transportation
program, as a whole, is to function effectively, the parents must assume
their responsibilities to the program and extend cooperation and support
to the people charged with its operation.
Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be
temporarily or permanently revoked if the "Transportation
Rules for Students" are violated.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they
leave home in the morning until the time they
board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time
the school bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. Once
the child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the bus
driver and the school administration
In order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the student
program, parents must also accept the responsibilities to:
Bus routes are set up to fully utilize all buses, provide safe and efficient service, and
maintain a reasonable ride time for students. Per The Annotated Code of Maryland, the
following criteria are used in establishing bus routes and stops.
Harford County Public Schools have implemented additional rules to enhance the safety of our
For example, students are only permitted to cross in front of the school bus, and door-side
service is provided on high speed, high volume state roads that have been identified as such
Magnet Program Transportation Schedule
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they leave home
the morning until the
time they board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time the school
bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. For those students in a non-service
area, getting to and from the school safely is a parental responsibility. During the mid-day
bus run, adult supervision is required for PreK students at the bus stop until the child
is picked up, and at the time a child is dropped off. Once the student boards the school
bus, the responsibility lies with the bus driver and the school administration. In order
to ensure safe and efficient student transportation, parents/guardians must also accept the
UPDATE: JUNE 16, 2021
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text to all contacts in our mass communication system at 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 15, Governor Hogan announced that the state of emergency and mask mandate will be lifted effective July 1 for the state of Maryland. As of July 1, Harford County Public Schools will adhere to the Governor’s announcement and will remove the mask mandate in all HCPS schools and offices. This means that for all in-person summer school instruction and summer programs, students, and staff, will not be required to wear masks as of July 1. If you would like your child to continue wearing a mask in school, please instruct your child to do so. In addition, for the 4th of July events that occur after July 1, students and chaperones may choose to wear masks, but HCPS will not require masks during 4th of July events occurring after July 1. Participants will still need to follow any parade committee guidelines. We expect to begin the 2021-2022 school year without masks. We will continue to dialogue with the Harford County Health Department, as well as review CDC and MSDE guidance around schools and best practice response to COVID-19 throughout the summer. We hope you have a wonderful summer.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PARTICIPATION
BUSINESS MEETING – JUNE 21, 2021 – 6:30PM
The Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be held on June 21, 2021 at 6:30PM with only Board Members, staff, and presenters in attendance virtually. 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 during the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting are required to register by completing this form Public Comment Registration Form, https://www.hcps.org/boe/publiccommentrequest.aspx
Registrations must be received by 9:00AM on Monday, June 21, 2021. All fields on the registration form must be completed.
First and Last name
1. Registered speakers will receive an email from HCPS with a Call-in Phone # and a Conference ID #.
2. Registered speakers are required to call-in and enter the conference ID# at 6:30PM on Monday, June 21, 2021.
3. Important: If you are unable to take your phone off mute, you may need to dial *6.
4. All speakers, regardless of affiliation, will receive 3-minutes per speaker. Speakers may be interrupted and be given notice when they have 30 seconds left. When speakers have reached their 3-minute mark, callers will be removed from the meeting.
5. The Board has allotted two-hours for the Public Comments segment of the Business meeting.
6. If you are admitted from the virtual lobby to the meeting within the two-hour time constraint, you will be placed on hold and greeted by an HCPS staff member when it is time to begin your public comment. Expected hold time may vary based on number of registered speakers. The maximum wait time in the lobby is 30 minutes; should you be disconnected please call back.
7. Registration forms are limited to one (1) per person.
8. In accordance with Board policy, if the number of speakers impede the ability of the Board to complete scheduled business, the Board reserves the right to reduce the amount of time allotted per speaker, or overall time allotted for public comment.
9. The Board expects that all comments will be submitted with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of public business.
10. Topics such as personnel matters, pending appeals, specific student disciplinary matters or which constitute commercial solicitations are not permitted.
11. Disparaging comments, personal attacks, and inflammatory remarks about specific schools or personnel are not permitted. Speakers who engage in these comments will be reminded of the rules and the Board reserves the right to remove the speaker from the call.
12. All public comments submitted will be part of the records maintained by the Board office.
Speakers are reminded that public comments are considered public information and, as such, are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2021
This message is being sent to all parents and guardians with a student entering 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. The information will be sent via our mass communication system phone, email, and text, at 5:00 p.m.
Harford Community College (HCC) and Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) invite students entering 12th grade in the 2021-2022 school year to join HCC for one of two virtual events on July 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or on July 21, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. The virtual event will highlight dual enrollment opportunities at HCC for the 2021-22 school year.
Students, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. You will hear what it’s like to be a dual enrolled student from students currently enrolled. You will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual campus tour and hear about the resources available at HCC, like the learning center, library, and more. In addition, HCC will discuss the multiple apps, study groups, and “how-to’s” like using technology, study groups and more, that will be necessary for dual enrolled students.
Students may register here.
6/16/2021 8:24:06 AM