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
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 email@example.com 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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