In a sequence which has been phased in over a series of years, a child must be five years of age on or before
to begin kindergarten. A child must be four years of age on or before September 1st to be considered for
prekindergarten. A child must be six years of age on or before September 1st to begin first grade.
The State Board's action to phase-in the changes of date of entry concluded a process that began December, 2001.
had received a report from the Maryland Kindergarten Committee - co-chaired by Harford Superintendent Jacqueline
C. Haas - which recommended the change.
"The academic rigor of the kindergarten classroom has been building over time," State Superintendent of Schools
Grasmick said. "It is our goal that students enter Maryland schools ready to learn, and this measure is an
important step in that direction."
Local boards of education may adopt regulations permitting a four-year-old child (if the child will turn 5 on or
15th of the current school year), upon request by the parent or guardian, to be admitted to kindergarten
if the local system determines that the child demonstrates the capabilities warranting early admission. In
addition, the regulations maintain the option for parents to request a "Level of Maturity Waiver" for the
local board to exempt from mandatory attendance for one year a kindergarten eligible child. Applications
for both early entry and maturity waivers are available the first Friday in May each year, at every attendance
11/30/2022 3:01 PM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
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.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
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