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: 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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