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 one 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 Office.
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 is composed of a minimum of 20 parents. Each member serves 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 are also accepted. All nominations are reviewed, and those nominated will
be contacted as seats on the council become available. Nomination forms are available in local
schools, or by calling Family and Community Partnerships at 410-588-5263.
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 meets several times during the school year. Specific dates are determined by the council.
Interpretation services will be provided as needed.
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.
2/28/2024 10:48 AM
At the Monday, February 26, 2024 Board of Education Business Meeting, edits to the 2024-2025 HCPS School Calendar were presented and consequently voted on by the Board of Education.
The updated 2024-2025 calendar is attached and can be viewed on the calendar page of hcps.org. The first and last day have not changed. What has been updated is quarter end dates, and prekindergarten start and end dates. Two early dismissal dates have also been updated; an early dismissal previously scheduled in May has been rescheduled in December and an early dismissal on December 20, 2024, has been updated to reflect an early dismissal for students and staff.
The calendar presentation and Board discussion from last night can be seen here and in the Board of Education meeting archive.
2/27/2024 2:53 PM
2/21/2024 5:00 PM
Harford County Public Schools kindergarten registration, and applications for kindergarten early entrance, and advanced placement to first grade, will be available Friday, March 1, 2024. Kindergarten registration can be completed online on March 1, 2024. Applications for kindergarten early entrance and advanced placement to first grade will be available to print online and submit a hard copy. To submit your application, follow the directions on the cover sheet of the printed application. Printed applications will be available at each elementary school on March 1, 2024.
*Prekindergarten applications will be available May 3, 2024. Details will be released as soon as possible.
Please note, due to state law, prekindergarten and kindergarten instruction are not permitted to be virtual. This means prekindergarten and kindergarten registration is not available at Swan Creek School.
Please share this information in your community as we try to ensure families who may not be connected to HCPS are aware that applications and registrations will be available March 1, 2024.
Additional registration information is available here.
2/7/2024 5:00 PM
The following is being shared via phone, email, text message, HCPS app notification on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.:
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved Harford County Public Schools’ 2023-2024 School Year Virtual Day Instruction Plan, which requested the use of three (3) asynchronous virtual instruction days in the event of inclement weather.
This means the next inclement weather day(s) will utilize asynchronous virtual learning day(s). When an inclement weather day is determined, we will confirm the day will be asynchronous virtual instruction in all communications. Students and families may visit the inclement weather page on hcps.org for more information about virtual learning days, including FAQs, resources for Canvas, and more. This page will be updated regularly with additional information; please check it often during this season.
1/26/2024 4:00 PM
Beginning this week, parent and guardian access to Canvas is open. This grants parents and guardians of students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve the ability to access their student’s Canvas account in a read-only observer role.
Canvas is the platform where teachers post digital content and assignments and where students can interact with that content, with other students, and with their teachers, participating in discussions and submitting assignments.
In the observer role, you will be able to review what your student is learning, follow their classroom progress, see if they have any missing work, and see important dates for the class.
Two important reminders:
Even though some grades may be available in Canvas, Home Access Center (HAC) remains the official grade book for final grades.
Contacting teachers through HCPS email remains the primary communication for teachers and parents for formal educational conversations regarding the student. Parents, teachers, and students may elect to use the messaging feature in Canvas to communicate informally on general topics such as school events or information shared in classroom newsletters.
A Parent Access Orientation has been created to help you navigate Canvas and show you how to connect with your student’s account. Additionally, a Parent Academy Real Talk video was created to demonstrate the process.
If you have any questions about how to use Canvas, please contact your student’s teacher, or school librarian.
1/25/2024 5:00 PM
The Board of Education of Harford County will continue to hold Engage for Education listening sessions in the new year. This is an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts on the future of education in Harford County with members of the Board of Education.
Remaining sessions are as follows:
1. Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at North Harford High School
2. Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Edgewood High School
3. Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Havre de Grace High School
4. Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Bel Air High School
All sessions run from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required to attend or speak.
For more information, or to provide feedback directly to the Board if you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please visit the Engage for Education page on hcps.org.
1/9/2024 5:00 PM
The following communication is being sent to all contacts in our Mass Notification System via email, phone call, text message and app push alert on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.:
The Board voted to approve the 2024-2025 Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school year calendar at the December 18, 2023, Board of Education of Harford County business meeting.
The calendar can be viewed on the calendar page of hcps.org. As approved by the Board of Education, the first day of school for students will be September 3, 2024. The last day of school, if all 6 inclement weather days are utilized, will be Monday, June 23, 2025. If no inclement weather days are needed, the last day of school for the 2024-2025 HCPS school year will be Thursday, June 12, 2025.
The calendar presentation and Board discussion from last night can be seen here, in the Board of Education meeting archive.
12/19/2023 6:00 PM
11/28/2023 5:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
For the 2024-2025 school year, 8th grade students who are applying to the Teacher Academy of Maryland Magnet may be offered seats in either Edgewood High School or North Harford High School via an established lottery process.
Students currently enrolled in TAM at Harford Technical High School will continue the program at Harford Technical high School through their graduation.
9/5/2023 5:30 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians of fifth-grade students,
This school year, your student will take part in an amazing opportunity at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. The Fifth Grade Residential Outdoor Education Program is an overnight program and part of your student’s Environmental Stewardship unit. The hands-on learning opportunities at Harford Glen cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Staff at Harford Glen will host eight Open Houses for you to bring your student, learn about the program and visit the facility.
The Open Houses should take approximately 30 minutes and are self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds, and facilities, on your own. Harford Glen staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 16, 2024 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If Harford County Public Schools closes schools on any of the above dates, the Open House that day will be canceled.
For more information about the Harford Glen programs, click here.
8/29/2023 5:00 PM
8/21/2023 9:31 AM
Please be advised that we have been made aware of unauthorized web sites and smart phone apps that accept Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) student credentials, potentially stealing your students’ credentials and or misusing them.
Parents and guardians should check their student's personal devices for apps and web site access to prevent them from unknowingly giving access to their personal information. We use security measures on HCPS devices to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t protect your personal devices. Only you can ensure your student isn’t using an app or visiting a site that may be collecting information in the background!
All HCPS approved apps and platforms are listed on hcps.org; if we haven’t endorsed it, don’t use it. If you want to ask about a specific app/platform, contact User.Support@hcps.org.
8/10/2023 11:27 AM
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Harford County Public Schools, with support from a generous grant from the Harford County Health Department, is pleased to offer Care Solace to all students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their care companion team is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances and even options for those without insurance. This referral process is at no cost to you or the school system.
For more information on Care Solace, how to connect someone, or how to utilize Care Solace yourself, please watch this Parent Academy Real Talk video.
Parents/guardians and staff may access Care Solace services by utilizing the Care Solace website or calling (888) 515-0595. Support is available in 200+ languages. Parents/guardians can also call their child’s school to have administration or student services staff complete a referral on their behalf.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
6/13/2023 5:00 PM
The following communication was sent to families on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5 p.m.:
During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved the date of the primary election for the State of Maryland. As a result, the primary elections will be held on May 14, 2023, instead of April 23, 2024.
The Board of Education of Harford County (BOE) originally approved the 2023-2024 school year calendar at the Board of Education Business Meeting on December 19, 2022. As a result of the election date change, the BOE voted on Monday, May 22, 2023, to make the following adjustment to the 2023-2024 school year calendar:
HCPS schools and offices will be open on April 23, 2024, and schools and offices will be closed on May 14, 2024, to allow our schools to to function as polling places for the election.
Calendar information can be found here.
Manager of Communications
Harford County Public Schools
5/31/2023 5:00 PM
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