The Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
provides input on ways to improve communication and parent engagement
at the district and local school level and provides parent advocacy
trainings to support student learning. PAC members are parents who have
at least on child in the school system and who reflect the diversity of
the HCPS community. PAC meetings are facilitated by staff in the HCPS
Family and Community Partnerships.
The mission of the Parent Advisory Council is to provide feedback and advice
to the school system on parent engagement efforts related to the research-based PTA
standards for family-school partnerships described in Board of Education Policy Number
10-0004-000, Parent/Community Involvement. PAC is proactive and innovative
in identifying and sharing ways to enhance the school system's communication
and parent engagement efforts and parent advocacy training.
Responsibilities of PAC include the following:
The PAC will be composed of a minimum of 20 parents. Each member will serve at least
one two-year term. The term "parent" refers to the parent or legal guardian of a
child enrolled in a Harford County public school.
Nominations are welcome from parents, staff, community organizations, and other members of the HCPS community.
Self-nominations will be accepted. The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2021–2022 PAC is September 24, 2021. Click here to apply now.
Nomination forms are also available in local schools, or by calling Family and Community Partnerships at
To ensure broad representation, the nominations of potential members will be evaluated on a variety of factors,
including geographic location of residence, child’s grade level, and areas of interest and experience related
to HCPS programs and services including, but not limited to, special education, gifted and talented, and ESOL.
The goal for PAC membership is to be reflective of the HCPS student population racial and ethnic diversity of
the student population.
PAC will meet eight times during the 2021–2022 school year. Members will be notified of the meeting location
closer to the meeting date. Interpretation services will be provided as needed. The meetings will last
approximately 90 minutes, beginning on Tuesday, October 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Follow-up meetings will
be held in November 2021, January 2022, March 2022, and May 2022. Specific dates will be determined by the council.
Each member will serve one (1) two-year term. Members may not serve for more than two consecutive terms. Council
members will be expected to attend all scheduled meetings; prepare for each meeting as needed; work in a collaborative
fashion with each other and with school system staff; express views and opinions openly, constructively, and respectfully;
and help facilitate parent advocacy trainings and welcoming environment walkthroughs. Although an HCPS dedicated staff
member will develop an agenda for each meeting, PAC representatives may submit discussion items for consideration.
Staff from the HCPS Family and Community Partnerships Office will collaborate with PAC co-chairs to develop an agenda
for each meeting and send agenda materials to PAC members sufficiently in advance of each meeting. An HCPS staff
member will take minutes at all PAC meetings and disseminate them as appropriate. Staff will provide materials
for review as needed.
UPDATE 6:32 A.M.
Due to difficult timing of weather conditions, Harford County Public Schools and offices will be closed today, Thursday, January 20, 2022. Essential personnel should await further information from their supervisor.
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