The school counseling program's primary goal is to assist all students in reaching their
academic potential by removing
barriers to learning and preventatively assisting students in acquiring life
As an integral component in the education system, school counselors provide a developmental,
comprehensive and continuous
program of services from pre-kindergarten through high school targeting the
academic, career and personal / social development of all students.
Counseling, consultation, coordination, collaboration, guidance curriculum,
and program evaluation are the main delivery methods in a successful school
counseling program. School counseling achieves maximum effectiveness through
the support and collaboration of parents, teachers, administrators, and community
The Harford County Public School Counselor Program:
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with the educational mission of HCPS.
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contained in or on this
HCPS specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability for the following.
School Counselors: preventatively offer school-wide resources such as classroom
lessons to support the personal/social development of all students and provide short-term individual
and group counseling that addresses specific concerns.
Your School's Family Connection URL
We are pleased to be able to offer Family Connection by Naviance, a web-based
college and career research tool that allows students and parents/guardians
In addition, this innovative program offers assistance with the college
process and allows counselors and parents to securely access important
student information in helping students with their long-term plans.
Through self-discovery and collaboration with parents, teachers and school
sounselors, Family Connection helps students be better prepared for attending
college and planning for their future career.
Both parents and students are able to access Family Connection. Students will
have a registration code given to them by their counselor. Note that you
and your child will each receive different registration codes, and that each
code may be used only once. Parents can obtain their registration code by
contacting their school counseling office. Once you have your registration
code, visit the Family Connection site, select the school your student attends
Naviance for Middle Schools
The Office of School Counseling is pleased to implement Naviance at the Middle
Level. Naviance is a college and career planning
resource that is available to students in Harford County Public Schools beginning
in the 6th grade. This program is a great tool to help students plan their
educational path. While using Naviance, students can complete inventories
that will help define their strengths and interests. Within Naviance, your
student will begin to participate in activities such as Goal Setting, Career
Exploration, Course Planning, and High School Readiness. Each Middle School
student will receive a personal access code from their School Counselor.
As a part of Naviance, we would like to provide information on Family Connection, a
service designed especially for students
and families. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your
child can use to help make plans about courses, colleges, and careers. Family
Connection is linked with Naviance Succeed™, a service that we use in our
school counseling departments to track and analyze data about college and
career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to your
Family Connection will allow you and your child to:
4/28/2022 5:00 PM
Following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in Harford County Public Schools, we want to provide additional information to students, staff, parents, and guardians.
If staff or students are sick, please stay home.
Bel Air High School: Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fallston High School: Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
North Harford High School: Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aberdeen High School: Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
If you have already registered with MAKO for a prior COVID-19 screening clinic, you do not need to complete the registration again before attending a voluntary clinic.
If you have not registered with MAKO, please click here for registration information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.”
Based on the CDC’s latest update, the COVID-19 Community Level in Harford County is “low.” When community levels are “low,” CDC guidance says:
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Click here for more information about CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
Click here for a video message following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in HCPS. A big “thank you” to Ms. Abbott’s 5th graders at Ring Factory Elementary School who star in the video! #HCPSuperStars
3/1/2022 1:45 PM
Tonight, February 28, 2022, at 6:51 p.m. during the Board Business meeting, the Board of Education of Harford County voted to lift the mask mandate in all Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school buildings and facilities, making masks optional for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them. The change will take effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This comes after conversations with local health officials following the Maryland State Board of Education and the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote to lift the state mask mandate for schools.
We want to be very clear: We support students and adults who choose to continue wearing masks in our school buildings and facilities. Now that the mask mandate has been lifted, this is a personal and family choice. Much like any other personal choice or difference of opinion, there will be no tolerance in our classrooms, schools, or offices, for anyone who wishes to intimidate, tease, or bully anyone else for their choice of whether to wear a mask or not. We ask all our adults to lead by example and all our families to have conversations with their students about this important issue. We must continue to exercise grace, patience, and flexibility with one another.
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its federal mask order to no longer require that people wear masks on buses operated by school systems when they are carrying out school-system related business. As a result, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will also be optional on school buses, when those buses are carrying out school-related functions.
Following the current quarantine and isolation guidance set forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), students and staff who have completed their five-day isolation or quarantine period should continue to mask in all public settings, including schools, for five additional days. Additionally, all students utilizing health suite services will need to utilize a mask during their visit based on guidance from the CDC. Masks will be provided in health suites as needed.
Please click here for the HCPS Operational Status effective March 1, 2022. It is also available on hcps.org.
We have all been anxious to get to this point. Again, with masks now optional in schools, HCPS facilities, and on school buses for school related activities, we ask everyone to continue to exercise diligence, caution, and kindness, as we traverse the road ahead, HCPStogether.
2/28/2022 6:52 PM
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