Superintendent Bulson's Entry Plan
I am honored to be the next superintendent of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) where the vision is to inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career. Over the next four months, I will embark on an entry plan to learn about the strengths and values of the school system while building a foundation for trusting and productive relationships. This entry plan consists of two phases: Listen and Learn and Prepare for the Future. I expect to complete both phases by the end of October, when I will share my findings and recommendations for next steps with the community.
Phase 1: Listen and Learn
The Listen and Learn sessions are the centerpiece of the plan. They involve a deliberate focus on listening to voices that represent the diversity of Harford County. I have organized Listen and Learn sessions into three phases. In July, I will focus on system and community leadership including meetings with individual Board of Education (BOE) members, school system administrators, elected officials, and other community leaders. When 10-month employees return to our buildings in August, I will focus on schools and school employees. Once the school year begins in September, I will focus on parents/guardians and students along with other community groups.
Listen and Learn sessions will help me identify strengths and opportunities. I will develop an understanding of existing relationships between school system leaders and various stakeholder groups. I will be listening for how system leaders seek input, how stakeholders provide input, and how system leaders then process that information. I will use what I learn to build a foundation that establishes effective two-way communication with stakeholders throughout the county.
While the focus of individual meetings will vary, the system vision will be a common element in all meetings. I am interested in understanding how stakeholders think our schools inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career. Defining the three key words—inspire, prepare, and achieve—for HCPS as a system is important while also ensuring we are working for each student.
Plan Detail: Listen and Learn
Phase 2: Prepare for the Future
Prepare for the Future is the second phase of the entry plan. As I collect information about the system during the Listen and Learn phase, I expect to receive suggestions about how to inspire and prepare students to advance achievement. During the second phase I will utilize the data I gather to identify priorities and determine the appropriate strategies to address them. Setting these priorities will assure the system has a clear set of goals moving forward and that the strategies we will use to achieve those goals are clearly delineated.
Plan Detail: Prepare for the Future
As the superintendent of HCPS, my goal is to hear from as many voices as possible over the next few months. I have set forth this aggressive schedule of Listen and Learn sessions to gather information from stakeholders. The system will use this data to create a path for future work on behalf of our students.
In October, I will present my findings to the community. This presentation will include sharing the themes that emerge in the Listen and Learn sessions as well as potential new initiatives and the strategies for considering those initiatives as we Prepare for the Future.
I sincerely believe a strong foundation of personal relationships will be necessary to meet the goals we have set for our students, our system, and our community. Together, we must do everything possible to inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career.
Superintendent Bulson's presentation of findings
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.
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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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