Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

2012-2013

Parent-Student

Handbook & Calendar


Handbook Table of Contents

Board of Educaon Informaon ........................................................................................................................................... 1

List of Board Members

2012-2013 Board Business Meeng Schedule

How to Contact the Board of Educaon

About HCPS .......................................................................................................................................................................... 2

Superintendent’s Pen

Mission & Vision Statements

HCPS Teacher of the Year

School Informaon .............................................................................................................................................................. 3

Hours of Operaon

Alternave Educaon

Communicaon

Elementary School

Food & Nutrion

Grading ................................................................................................................................................................... 4

Health Services Program

High School

Home & Hospital Instrucon................................................................................................................................... 5

Inclement Weather Policy

Homework............................................................................................................................................................... 6

Internet Use in Schools

Medicaons

Middle Schools ........................................................................................................................................................ 7

Resolving School Concerns

Student Services ..................................................................................................................................................... 8

Volunteering & Vising Schools

Board of Educaon Policy Informaon................................................................................................................................. 9

Aendance

Aendance Areas ................................................................................................................................................... 11

Child Abuse/Neglect

Facility Informaon

Immunizaon Requirements .................................................................................................................................. 13

Privacy Rights of Parents & Students ..................................................................................................................... 14

Rights & Responsibilies of Students .................................................................................................................... 15

Safe Schools ........................................................................................................................................................... 16

Special Educaon ................................................................................................................................................... 18

Student Discipline

Student-Parent Survey to Idenfy Federally Connected Students ......................................................................... 20

Transportaon ....................................................................................................................................................... 21

Title IX Complaint Procedures ............................................................................................................................... 22

Wellness Policy

Phone Directory ................................................................................................................................................................. 23

2012-2013 Calendar ........................................................................................................................................................... 24

2013-2014 Calendar ........................................................................................................................................................... 49

Map of Harford County ...................................................................................................................................................... 50


Board of Education of Harford County

MEMBERS

Leonard D. Wheeler, Ed.D.

President,

Appointed Member-at-Large

Francis F. “Rick” Grambo, III

Vice President,

Elected Member,

Councilmanic District D

Alysson L. Krchnavy

Appointed Member-at-Large

Nancy Reynolds

Appointed Member-at-Large

Joseph A. Hau

Appointed Member-at-Large

Board of Education Public Meetings

Regular meengs of the Board of Educaon are normally held on the second

and fourth Monday of each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m.

All meengs are announced in advance on the HCPS website and in other

print/electronic media. Meengs are open to the public, unless otherwise

announced, and aendance is encouraged for those with an interest in

business operaons of the school system. If you are unable to aend the

meengs, watch them live via streaming video on the school system’s

website.

Each regular, public business meeng of the Board includes a public comment

period. Any cizen, group representave, parent or student may make a

statement regarding an item on a past, present or future Board open-session

agenda, or a maer of general policy over which the Board has jurisdicon. To

find out how to register to speak at an upcoming meeng, visit

www.hcps.org.

Stay connected to the Board of Educaon news. A summary of acon items

and presentaons are posted aer every meeng on www.hcps.org. Click on

the “In the Loop” link on the home page of our website.

MEETING SCHEDULE

ALL MEETINGS BEGIN AT 6:30 P.M. MEETING DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

James D. Thornton

Appointed Member-at-Large

Robert L. Frisch

Elected Member,

Councilmanic District A

Cassandra R. Beverley, Esq.

Elected Member,

Councilmanic District B

Panashe I. Mutombo

Student Representave

2012

September 10

September 24

October 8

October 22

November 5

November 19

December 3

December 17

2013

January 14

January 28

February 11

February 25

March 11

March 25

April 8

April 22

May 13

May 28

June 10

June 24

July 15

August 12

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D.

Secretary-Treasurer,

Superintendent of Schools

For correspondence directed to the Board, write President, Board of Educaon of Harford

County, 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. In addion to the live stream archive

on the school system website, Board Business meengs will be televised on a tape delay basis by

HCN on the second and fourth Tuesdays beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 21, Verizon

FiOS channel 31 and Armstrong (formerly Clearview) channel 7 and can be viewed on demand by

logging onto our website (www.hcps.org).

Visit www.hcps.org and view “Hot Topics” on the right-hand side to send the Board your thoughts on current topics!

Board of Educaon members listed above as of July 1, 2012. For updated informaon on the Board of Educaon, visit hp://www.hcps.org/BOE/Default.aspx.

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About Harford County Public Schools

Approximately 38,000 students are enrolled in Harford County’s public schools. The school

system has the eighth largest student enrollment of the 24 public school systems in Maryland.

Approximately 5,500 people are employed by the school system to provide the necessary

educaonal programs and supporng services for the students.

Currently, in the Harford County public school system, there are 33 elementary schools, nine

middle schools, nine comprehensive high schools, the John Archer School (a special school for

students with disabilies), Harford Technical High School and the Alternave Educaon Program

-- making a total of 54 schools.

Based upon firm beliefs in the value of youth and the obligaons of public educaon to educate

each of them effecvely, the Harford County public school system provides comprehensive

instruconal programs and related student acvies for the youth who are currently enrolled.

Prekindergarten classes are available for four-year-olds at 19 of the Harford County public

elementary schools. A system-wide kindergarten program begins public educaon for the fiveyear-olds

with all 33 elementary schools offering all-day kindergarten. A carefully planned and

appropriately sequenced curriculum extends learning from the primary and intermediate grades

of elementary, middle and high school grades toward graduaon. Special programs and services

are provided to accommodate the unique needs of each student, including those who possess

exceponal abilies, talents, and/or disabilies.

Mission

The mission of Harford County Public Schools is to promote excellence in instruconal leadership

and teaching and to provide facilies and instruconal materials that support teaching and

learning for the 21st century. The Harford County Board of Educaon will support this mission by

fostering a climate for deliberate change and monitoring progress through measurable indicators.

Vision

Harford County Public Schools will be a community of learners in which our public schools,

families, public officials, businesses, community organizaons, and other cizens work

collaboravely to prepare all of our students to succeed academically and socially in a diverse,

democrac, change-oriented, and global society.

HCPS 2012-13 Teacher of the Year

Chrisna O’Neill has served the students, staff and community of Harford County

for the last 18 years. She has served as a teacher, reading specialist, literacy leader

and volunteer with HCPS. Mrs. O’Neill earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English

from the College of Notre Dame in 1993, a Masters of Educaon from Loyola

College in 1997 and administrave cerficaon from Towson University in 2003. At

the local, state, and naonal levels, she has presented on issues related to leading

and learning, school improvement and state assessments. Currently, Mrs. O’Neill

is a member of the Instruconal Leadership and School Improvement teams at Bel

Air Middle School. She volunteers her me and resources to iniate school-based

service learning projects such as a leer wring campaign to the United States

Military, collecng items for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and parcipang

in the American Heart Associaon’s Hoops for Heart iniave. Mrs. O’Neill also organizes a book breakfast

for the enre Bel Air Middle School staff in January, giving teachers a chance to share and exchange

current books, create reading profiles to engage students as readers and donate books to women’s

shelters and other organizaons. In addion to her role in the classroom, Mrs. O’Neill teaches Sunday

school at her church and serves as a parent liaison for the Monkton Country Day Care Center. Visit www.

hcps.org for details on the Harford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year program and don’t forget to

check out Mrs. O’Neill’s blog!

Superintendent’s Pen

Dear Community:

This handbook is published

each year to provide parents,

students, and employees of

Harford County Public Schools

with essenal informaon. It

includes the school system

rules and regulaons, school

calendar, and other pernent

informaon, as well as artwork

by some of our outstanding

students. I trust you will find

the contents of this handbook

to be informave and useful.

Included in this handbook

are instrucons on how to

get answers to quesons

or concerns that may arise.

Addional assistance may be

obtained by calling

410-838-7300 and by logging

on to the Harford County Public

Schools website at www.hcps.

org. Also, the school system and

individual schools will connue

to employ a rapid telephone

noficaon system this year

to convey emergency and

other important informaon

to parents. The school system

will also connue an email

informaon system which

you can opt into by lisng a

valid email address on the

emergency card that comes

home with your child on the

first day of school or ulizing

our new parent portal. More

informaon on the email, text,

and phone system may be

obtained by logging on to our

website.

I wish your child and you a

successful 2012-2013 school

year.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Items listed in this handbook are subject to change without noce aer the July 1, 2012 prinng date.

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School Information

The following informaon is school-based pracces, policies and informaon. For more informaon visit, www.hcps.org.

HOURS OF OPERATION

STARTING TIME

DISMISSAL

High Schools 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

Middle Schools* 8:15 a.m. 2:45 p.m.

Elementary Schools** 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

John Archer 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Prekindergarten a.m. session*** 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Prekindergarten p.m. session*** 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

* North Harford Middle School will connue to operate on the same schedule as North Harford High School.

** Havre de Grace, William S. James, and Deerfield elementary schools will operate on the 4th er busing schedule, 9:30 a.m. unl 4:00 p.m.

*** 4th er busing schedule for prekindergarten, 9:30 a.m. - noon; 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

A program of alternave educaon is provided at the Center for

Educaonal Opportunity. Secondary school students who have longterm

suspensions from school are eligible to enroll in the alternave

educaon program and will receive credit for sasfactorily completed

work. In addion, secondary school students whose educaonal,

emoonal, financial, physical or other needs are such that they

cannot be met in the regular school program are eligible to apply for

admission to the alternave program.

COMMUNICATION

Harford County Public Schools is commied to parental, family and

community involvement in the educaonal process. Harford County

Public Schools encourages two-way communicaon and strives to keep

the public informed about issues affecng its schools, decisions made by

the Board of Educaon of Harford County and student acvies through

various methods of regular communicaon.

Rapid Noficaon System

New this year, Harford County Public Schools will launch the

Blackboard Connect 5 phone noficaon system. Parents will now be

able to manage contact informaon and noficaon preferences by

ulizing the Parent Portal. Parent’s can access the new Parent Portal

by vising www.hcps.org.

More informaon and Parent Portal instrucons can be found on the

school system website.

Website & Social Media

The school system’s website, www.hcps.org, offers informaon to

meet the needs of parents, students, staff and the general community.

The “Parents” tab at the top of the homepage includes links to useful

informaon such as registraon informaon, brochures, immunizaon

requirements, academic programs and calendars, as well as athlec

and arts informaon. This page serves as a quick resource to the mostrequested

informaon for you.

Android and iPhone users should check out our mobile site for

announcements, downloadable calendars for smartphone users and

quick links.

Follow us on Facebook, Twier and LinkedIn.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Harford County Public Schools offers a wide variety of programs

at the elementary

level including gied

educaon, summer

school and instrumental

music. We have

prekindergarten

programs in 19 of our

elementary schools

designed to meet the

needs of at-risk students.

There are 21 before

and aer school on-site

daycare centers available for the community. All of our kindergarten

programs are full-day. For more detailed informaon on elementary

school offerings in your aendance area, please visit individual school

Edline pages on www.hcps.org.

FOOD & NUTRITION

School food prices are subject to change pending an annual review of

revenue/expenses.

All Harford County Public Schools conduct breakfast and lunch

programs. Menus are distributed through the schools, published in local

newspapers, announced over local radio and television staons, and are

on the Harford County Public Schools website (www.hcps.org). The cost

of lunch appears on the menu and is subject to change.

Parcipaon in the Federal Government School Food & Nutrion

Program has also made it possible to provide some Harford County

Public Schools students with free or reduced price meals. Applicaon

forms and guidelines for determining a student’s eligibility to receive

free or reduced price meals are distributed to each child in August. One

applicaon can be completed for the enre household when all family

members are listed. Applicaons for the program are available in school

offices and parents may apply for benefits at any me during the school

year.

Cafeterias are equipped with computers, which allow parents to deposit

money which may be specified for prepaid breakfasts, lunches, or snack

items. Deposits can be made directly to the cafeteria staff or online at

the following website: www.cafeprepay.com.

If you do not designate whether your deposit is for a specific amount

of breakfasts, lunches, or a specific dollar amount for a la carte, then

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the deposit goes into the “on account” category and can be used for

any of the three purchases.

Students using personal idenficaon numbers (PIN) can withdraw

money for food purchases.

GRADING

Student progress is formally reported to parents in November,

February, April, and June (at the end of the school year). In addion,

teachers communicate with parents informally by means of

conferences, leers, emails and telephone calls. The Edline online

system is used to communicate progress of secondary students through

the use of an assigned PIN number.

No report card is issued in November to elementary school children.

Instead, a conference is scheduled for parents and teachers so that

they may discuss each child’s rate of progress, expected standards for

learning and discipline, school curriculum, and school goals. Elementary

school students receive report cards in February, April, and June.

Students in grades six through 12 receive report cards at the end of

each of the four marking periods.

Students in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades one and two

receive a non-graded report card. In grades three, four and five, leer

grades are used to indicate the level of student progress in integrated

language arts, social studies, science, and mathemacs. Art, music,

media, and physical educaon are marked consistently evident, evident

or not assessed. Handwring and 17 habits and atudes listed on the

report card, are marked S (sasfactory) or N (needs improvement).

Progress at the secondary level is recorded by means of the leer

grades A, B, C, D, or E.

HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM

The Health Services Program is an integral part of the educaonal

support system and maximizes every student’s learning potenal by

promong his or her opmum health. Each school is assigned a school

nurse. Please contact your child’s school to speak to the nurse.

HIGH SCHOOL

Harford County Public Schools has ten high schools that offer a variety

of instruconal and extracurricular programs. The following informaon

is specific to students.

SUBJECT

DIPLOMA

English 4

Social Studies + 3

Science ^ 3

Mathemacs ++ 4

Fine Arts 1

Technology Educaon 1

Physical Educaon 1

Health 1/2

Career Pathway 4

Foreigh Language OR Advanced Technology

OR Successful Compleon of State Approved

career or tech program

Elecve 1/2 - 2 1/2

TOTAL 26

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4

+ 1 in World History, 1 in U.S. History, 1 in Local, State and

Naonal Government

++ 1 with fundamental or advanced algebraic concepts; 1 with

fundamental or advanced geometric concepts

^ Must include one credit in Biology

Graduaon Requirements (For the class of 2013)

Addional Requirements:

• English courses in grades nine, ten, and eleven must be taken

sequenally and a student may not enroll in the next grade level

unl he/she has passed the preceding one. The excepon is English

12, which may be taken simultaneously with English 11, during the

senior year.

• Eighth graders are given the opon of registering for the Maryland

State Scholars program. Check with a local high school counselor

for more informaon.

• To be eligible for a high school diploma, all students must

complete the Maryland State Department of Educaon student

service learning requirements as developed by Harford County

Public Schools.

Students must pass the applicable Maryland High School

Assessment (HSA) at the end of the course in English 2, Algebra 1,

and biology, with a combined score of 1208, in order to receive a

Maryland high school diploma.

Students have the following alternaves to meet the High School

Assessment (HSA) graduaon requirements:

• If students do not pass all three tests, they may sasfy the HSA

requirement using the combined-score opon. The combined

score for all three tests must be 1208. If students have taken

government HSA, they have the opon of meeng graduaon

requirements by meeng the combined score on all four tests of

1602 or on the three test with a combined score of 1208, in order

to receive a Maryland high school diploma.

• Modified HSAs with altered test items are available for a small

poron of students with disabilies.

• The Bridge Plan for Academic Validaon is for students who

have been unable to pass one or more HSAs, despite assistance.

Students must meet three general eligibility criteria: taken

and failed the test at least twice, parcipaon in appropriate

assistance, and sasfactory progress toward graduaon. Students

eligible for parcipaon will meet with school staff to determine

the projects to be included in the student’s Academic Validaon

Project Package.

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Excepons To The Regular High School Program

Under certain circumstances, students may waive a fourth year of high

school aendance. Upon receiving permission from the school principal

and the superintendent of schools, a student may be awarded a diploma

aer acceptance and/or successful compleon of one year of college or

post-secondary educaon.

In addion to the regular school program, students may earn credits by

aending summer school or the Alternave Educaon Program.

Seniors may receive approval from the principal and the execuve director

of high school performance to earn one addional credit beyond the

credits earned during the regular school day.

Quesons concerning “excepons to the regular high school program”

should be directed to the high school counseling office.

High School Eligibility Policy

In order to parcipate in curricular and extracurricular acvies in any

Harford County public school, students shall be officially registered and

physically aending a Harford County public school. A student may be

declared ineligible to parcipate in extracurricular acvies for reasons

based on scholasc status and/or cizenship. A student will be declared

ineligible when the

student has received

a failing grade in

any subject on a

quarterly report

card. For a complete

lisng of eligibility

rules, please refer

to individual school

handbooks.

Magnet Programs

Harford County Public Schools offers four magnet programs for incoming

high school freshman:

• The Internaonal Baccalaureate Organizaon (IBO) at Edgewood High

School

• The Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Magnet (NRAS) at

North Harford High School

Harford Technical High School

• Science and Mathemacs Academy (SMA) at Aberdeen High School

An open house is hosted at each school offering students and parents an indepth

look at the specific magnet program offered at the school. They have

an opportunity to hear more about the program in general, meet teachers,

students and parents currently involved with the Magnet Program, and see

the school facilies. Open house dates are typically scheduled in the fall

and will be posted on www.hcps.org.

Each prospecve student must complete an applicaon for entrance

into any Harford County Public Schools magnet program. Want more

informaon? Watch the overview videos and discover more on each

program at our website, www.hcps.org.

HOME & HOSPITAL INSTRUCTION

Students who cannot aend school for a minimum of 20 consecuve days,

due to verified physical or emoonal condion, may apply for short - term

Home/Hospital Teachers Services. If approved, a home teacher is assigned.

A licensed physician, cerfied school or licensed psychologist, or licensed

psychiatrist must sign the applicaon, which is available from the Student

Services office. For more informaon, contact Student Services at

410-588-5334.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

All public schools in Harford County will be closed on

days when roads, school parking lots, and/or school

driveways/walkways are considered to be unsafe for school bus

transportaon/student, staff use. The decision to close is made by

the superintendent of schools as early as possible on the morning

in queson. In the vast majority of cases, this is prior to 6:00 a.m.

The determinaon is made aer consulng with the state police,

the sheriff’s office, the state and county highway departments,

and other sources of informaon in different parts of the county.

Some weather condions make it advisable to delay the opening

me of schools.

• If schools are delayed one hour, morning half-day

prekindergarten will start at 10:00 a.m.; aernoon half-day

prekindergarten will proceed as originally scheduled.

• If schools are delayed two hours there will be no morning

half-day prekindergarten or early intervenon programs;

aernoon half-day prekindergarten will proceed as

originally scheduled. (All mes will be a half hour later for

fourth er busing schools.)

• If elementary schools have a scheduled teachers’ planning

early dismissal and there is a two-hour delay due to

inclement weather, students will NOT be dismissed early

but will remain in school for the regular school day.

Any change from the normal school schedule as a result of

inclement weather - snow, ice, heat, etc. - will be communicated

through our rapid telephone noficaon system, email, Twier,

Facebook and on radio and television broadcasts to the public.

In addion, closings will be listed on the Harford County Public

Schools website at www.hcps.org.

Parents have the right not to send their children to school if they

feel travel condions are unsafe. The student will be marked as

lawfully absent.

The announcement will be made only when schools will be

closed or when there are delayed openings or early closings. No

telephone calls or media announcements will be made when

schools are open as usual.

In order to keep school telephone lines open for emergency calls,

parents are urged not to call the school concerning the possibility

of early closures. This informaon will be reported as soon as

possible using the communicaon vehicles listed above.

The school system website is always kept up-to-date with school/

school system delays, closures and early dismissals.

www.hcps.org

NOTE: This calendar contains the potenal for 188 student

days -- eight more than the state minimum requirement of 180

days. If schools are closed eight days or more due to emergency

condions, weather related or otherwise, it may be necessary

to alter the school calendar. The calendar may be reduced if

emergency days are not needed to meet the state mandated

minimum required days.

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HOMEWORK

Properly planned homework assignments should relate directly to class

work and extend learning beyond the classroom. Effecve homework

assignments teach students to become independent learners. While

it is recognized that student achievement improves significantly when

teachers regularly assign homework and students conscienously

complete assignments, homework has other important purposes.

Homework provides the students valuable experiences in following

direcons, making judgments, raising addional quesons for study,

and developing responsibility and self-discipline.

Addionally, homework is a means to communicate with parents

regarding current class acvies and topics of study.

1. Appropriateness of Homework

Homework should be appropriate to the age, ability, and

independent level of students. Student characteriscs including

grade level, movaon, and study habits must be considered.

2. Assignment Characteriscs and Inial Classroom Factors

Teachers should ensure that students understand the purpose of

each homework assignment. The amount of homework, the skills

to be reinforced, and compleon deadlines influence student

outcomes.

3. Types of Assignments

Taking into consideraon the direcons that students need in

order to successfully complete their homework, it is reasonable

to expect that assignments can extend learning beyond the

classroom in a number of ways. Types of assignments may include

the following:

a. The PRACTICE assignment reinforces previous learning

and should be adapted to the ability and progress of each

student.

b. EXTENSION assignments allow students to go beyond

memorizaon of content and provide for the transfer of

learning to a new situaon which requires students to apply

previously learned skills.

c. CREATIVE assignments ask students to integrate skills and

concepts in order to generate a new response.

d. REVIEW assignments enable students to clarify concepts and

to gain an overview of material that has been taught.

4. Approximate Hours for Homework Compleon

At the primary level, homework should collecvely range from

two to three hours weekly but not exceed one-half hour a

night. At the intermediate level, homework should collecvely

range from three to five hours weekly but not exceed forty-five

minutes a night. In the middle school, homework me should

approximate a collecve range from four to eight hours weekly

but not more than two hours per night. High school homework

me should collecvely range from five to 12 hours weekly

but not more than three hours per night. Teachers should use

these me approximaons as a reference when considering

homework assignments. In addion, teachers should be mindful

that students who are accountable to more than one teacher will

have homework from more than one subject or class. Homework

may be assigned over weekends. Students desiring to take

Honors level and/or AP courses should be highly movated and

commied to excellence. Students will be required to do a great

deal of reading, wring, and higher-level problem solving in these

rigorous courses. Students may also be required to complete

assignments given over the summer vacaon.

5. Holiday homework is not to be assigned over holidays when

public schools are closed.

6. Classroom Follow-up

Teachers must consistently monitor and assess homework

assignments. In addion to tesng related content or using

assignments in class discussions, feedback should be provided in

the form of wrien comments, grades, or incenves.

INTERNET USE IN SCHOOLS

Harford County Public Schools provides telecommunicaons resources

to its students for educaonal purposes: the acquision of informaon/

resources, communicaons and collaboraon with experts, and career

development acvies. Telecommunicaons resources shall be used in

accordance with the educaonal goals of the school system.

Student use of the resources provided shall be under the direct

supervision of the teacher and shall be instruconally related.

Reasonable precauons will be taken to ensure that the Internet is

a safe learning environment for students. Students will be expected

to demonstrate responsible and ethical behavior in the use of the

resources.

Access to the Internet through the telecommunicaons resources

will only be granted to users who follow the Harford County Public

Schools Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy for Students and the

procedures for such use. These policies are published on the Harford

County Public Schools website (www.hcps.org).

Harford County Public Schools ulizes an outside Internet filtering

company to ensure the safety of our students while they access the

Internet. The use of this filter system also allows Harford County

Public Schools to comply with the Child Internet Protecon Act (CIPA).

Although the web filtering product ulizes the most innovave and

cung edge technology, it is sll possible for students to access specific

websites should students seek them with intenon and purpose.

Therefore, the only way a parent can be completely assured his or her

child will not be able to access inappropriate material is to opt-out of

Internet use at school. Your school can help you with this process.

MEDICATIONS

When a student is taking a prescribed medicaon, parents/guardians

should make every effort to arrange for the medicine to be taken outside

of the school day. However, there are occasions when it is determined by

a health care provider that a student must receive prescribed medicaon

during the school day, either on a regular schedule or in the event of an

emergency. When this circumstance occurs, the following guidelines apply:

• All medicaon must be accompanied by a wrien health care

provider’s order. These instrucons must contain the student’s

name, name of the medicaon, the route of administraon,

the exact dosage, me and circumstances of administraon,

length of me the medicaon is to be connued, reason for

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administraon, health care provider’s name, me and frequency

of administraon and date of order. Parents/guardians must

also provide wrien authorizaon to administer medicaon to

their child. For your convenience, a form is available from the

school nurse. No medicaon may be administered to a student

without the required health care provider’s order and parent/

guardian permission. Faxed medicaon orders are acceptable.

In some circumstances, orders wrien on health care provider’s

leerhead or prescripon pad is acceptable.

• The parent/guardian should give the first dose of any new

prescripon or over the counter medicaon at home (except for

emergency medicaon, e.g. Epi-Pen®).

• Medicaon must be in its original prescripon bole, properly

labeled by the pharmacy. Pharmacies can provide a second

labeled bole to accommodate medicaons that are given at

school. Siblings may not share medicaon.

• Discreonary medicaons are available for occasional use only to

students who have a signed permission slip on file in the health

suite. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, diphenhydramine, antacid

tablets and cough drops may be administered under the ordered

protocols of the physician from the Harford County Health

Department and at the discreon of the school nurse.

• Over-the-counter medicaons that are required on a more than

occasional basis must be accompanied by an order from an

authorized health care provider and supplied and transported to

the health suite by the parent/guardian.

Parents/guardians or their designee must bring the medicaon to the

school personally. Students are not permied to carry medicaon on

school buses or the school grounds. Under extenuang circumstances

there may be excepons. This is for the safety of all students.

• If the health care provider feels that your child must carry and

self-administer either an inhaler or Epi-Pen®, please have the

health care provider complete the “Permission for Students to

Carry/Self Administer Medicaons” form, stang the medical

necessity for carrying the medicaon. The parent/guardian

must also sign the form. This completed form must be given to

the school nurse. The school nurse will nofy all appropriate

personnel when such excepons are granted, including bus

drivers. A copy of this form will be retained in the student’s

confidenal health folder. The Contract for Self-Administraon of

Medicaon must also be completed. Back-up medicaons must

be kept in the health suite.

• No medicaon will be stored over the summer. The parent/

guardian must pick up all medicaon by the end of the school day

on the last day of school. Any remaining medicaon not picked

up by a parent/guardian will be destroyed. No medicaon will be

sent home with a student.

• A new health care provider’s order and parent/guardian

permission form is required for medicaons at the beginning

of each new school year, and for any changes during the school

year.

Students are permied to carry cough drops, but must have

wrien parent/guardian permission. No health care provider’s

order is required.

The following measures are taken to ensure the safety of the student

taking medicaons.

• All medicaons are kept in a locked cabinet in the health suite at

all mes.

• Medicaon must be taken in the presence of the school nurse,

principal, or designee.

• Records are maintained documenng the medicaon taken,

date, me, and the person who administered it. Immunizaon

requirements can be found on page 13.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

All nine middle schools offer

comprehensive programs of

study designed to meet state

grade level and graduaon

requirements. Harford

County middle schools offer

a wide and varied range of

extracurricular and club related

acvies. These can include

experiences in music, drama,

fine arts, publicaons, and

areas of student interest. For

more informaon on a specific

school, visit www.hcps.org.

RESOLVING SCHOOL CONCERNS

Academic

Academic quesons or concerns should first be discussed with the

student’s classroom teacher at a face-to-face conference or over

the phone. If the issue cannot be resolved at this level, you should

contact the following personnel, in the order listed, unl a resoluon is

achieved:

• Your student’s teacher

• Assistant Principal

• Principal

• Execuve Director of Elementary School Performance, Execuve

Director of Middle School Performance or Execuve Director of

High School Performance

• Superintendent (the Superintendent may direct a designee to

respond to the concern)

• Board of Educaon of Harford County

Athlec/Extracurricular

High school athlec and extracurricular quesons or concerns should

first be discussed with the school’s athlec director, group sponsor

or team coach at a face-to-face conference or over the phone. If the

issue cannot be resolved at this level, you should contact the following

personnel, in the order listed, unl a resoluon is achieved:

• Principal

• Supervisor of Athlecs (for athlec concerns)

• Execuve Director of High School Performance

• Superintendent (or designee)

• Board of Educaon of Harford County

Disciplinary or Other School-based Concerns

Disciplinary or other school quesons or concerns should be first

discussed with the school assistant principal at a face-to-face

conference or over the phone. If the issue cannot be resolved at this

level, you should follow the same order listed above unl a resoluon is

achieved. Please refer to the Discipline Policies on page 18.

Grievance

Students have the right to seek changes in school policies and rules.

Students also have the right to air grievances related to school policies

and rules through a democracally elected representave student

government.

A principal’s decision may be appealed. Only in those cases wherein the

rights of students, as defined in this document, are allegedly violated

may an appeal be made beyond the school to the Superintendent

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of Schools of Harford County. Such an appeal shall be made in the

following manner.

1. A wrien appeal or grievance should be directed to the

appropriate execuve director within 30 calendar days. If

unresolved at this level, the appeal or grievance will proceed

to step 2.

2. A wrien appeal or grievance should be directed to the

Superintendent of Schools within 15 calendar days.

of November.

Visitor Policy: The Board of Educaon is commied to maintaining a

safe and secure environment for all students, staff, and other persons.

The me, place, and manner by which persons visit the public schools

and other public school buildings are subject to such control and

regulaons as the superintendent and staff deem appropriate in order

to protect and secure the safety of all students, staff, and others who

parcipate in the school community.

STUDENT SERVICES

There are a variety of services available to provide help for children

with special needs. At the school level, the teacher, school counselor,

school nurse, and school administrator assist students with everyday

problems. Specialized personnel such as pupil personnel workers and

psychologists are called into the school to help with more complex

student problems. Parents who feel that their student may have need

of special services should contact the student’s school or the Office of

Student Services at 410-588-5334.

VOLUNTEERING & VISITATION IN SCHOOLS

Volunteering: Hundreds of persons each year assist students in the

schools by donang their me to work in classrooms, libraries, and

health rooms. These individuals make valuable contribuons to the

educaonal system by working directly with children or by performing

dues which allow others to give students more individual aenon.

Volunteers are selected at the school level and assigned specific dues.

Before they actually begin work, they parcipate in meengs which are

designed to help them become familiar with the school program and

their new roles. Following these general meengs, the teacher and the

volunteer meet to discuss classroom standards, roune operaons, and

dues to be performed. Persons interested in donang their services

should contact the schools in which they would like to work.

Harford County Public Schools invites and encourages the parcipaon

of parents and community members in the educaon of their students.

All parents and community members are expected to parcipate

acvely in program planning and decision making. Visit www.hcps.org

for the full policy.

Vising: Parents are invited to visit their student’s school to observe

classes in session and talk with teachers and other members of the

school staff. In order to ensure that those persons with whom the

parent wishes to talk are available, it is advisable to call the school and

make an appointment in advance of the visit. A special effort is made

each year to encourage parents and other cizens to visit the schools

during American Educaon Week, which is observed during the month

Cover Photos

Students at Riverside Elementary during Pinwheel’s for Peace Day

STEM Fest at Deerfield Elementary

Black History Month Celebraon at Aberdeen Middle School

GEM’s Summer Camp

Joppatowne High School Green Roof Project

Ring Factory Elementary Blue Ribbon Celebraon

Fumancho Ravens Playoff Celebraon at Emmorton Elementary

Chrisna O’Neill, Bel Air Middle School, HCPS Teacher of the Year

Edgewood High School RAM Branch Opening

Character Day at George Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale

Prospect Mill Elementary Birdhouse Project

Internaonal Baccalaureate Graduang Class, Edgewood High

School

Educaon Day, William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary

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Board of Education Policies

Please Note: The contents of this handbook are meant as a summary of frequently used Board of Educaon

policies and procedures. For a detailed list of Board policies, please access the Board Policy Manual on our website,

www.hcps.org > Board> Board Policies.

ATTENDANCE

Daily aendance is crucial to student achievement and required in order

to demonstrate mastery of material and receive credit for courses.

Students are expected to aend school and all classes regularly and to

be punctual. Upon returning to school from an absence, a student is

required to bring a wrien note from his or her parent/guardian stang

the reason for each absence.

I. General Regulaons

A. Each child who resides in this state and is five-years-old or older and

less than 16 years of age shall aend a public school regularly during

the enre school year except under specific provisions of Maryland law

or regulaon.

B. A student is considered in aendance at school when parcipang

in school-sponsored acvies during the school day, and when that

parcipaon is approved by the local superintendent of schools or the

school principal, or their designees.

II. Recording Aendance

A. Students Scheduled for a Full Day - A student is counted present

for a full day if the student is in aendance four hours or more of the

school day. A student is counted present half day if in aendance for at

least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours. A student

is counted as tardy to school if the student is absent less than two and

one half hours in the morning. A student is counted as early dismissal

if the student is absent less than two and one half hours before

dismissal.

B. Late Opening/Early Dismissal of School Due To Inclement Weather

Or Elementary Planning Day - A student is counted present for a full

day if absent no more than 30 minutes of the school day. A student is

counted present for half day if present for at least two hours. A student

is tardy to school if absent less than 30 minutes in the morning. A

student is counted as early dismissal if absent less than 30 minutes

before dismissal.

C. Students Scheduled for a Paral Day - A student scheduled for a

paral day is to be counted present based on the amount of me

he/she is scheduled. Example: A student scheduled for a two-hour

block of me will be counted present for a full day if the student is in

aendance for that enre block of me. If the student is absent for

that enre block of me, the student will be counted absent for a full

day. A student scheduled for a two-hour block of me will be counted

present for one-half day if the student is in aendance for one hour.

cerficate from the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student reported

connuously absent for illness. Connuously absent means either

a number of consecuve absences or a total absence in excess of

the standard for regular aendance for which, in the principal’s

judgment, medical documentaon is required.

3. Court Summons.

4. Hazardous weather condions- hazardous weather condions

which would endanger the health or safety of the student when in

transit to and from school.

5. Work approved or sponsored by the school, the local school

system, or the State Department of Educaon, accepted by the

local superintendent of schools or the school principal, or his/her

designees, as reason for excusing the students.

6. Observance of a religious holiday- the absence of a student to

parcipate in the observance of a major religious holiday shall

not prevent him or her from achieving a “Perfect Aendance”

cerficate or other appropriate recognion for aendance.

Major tests, field trips, the taking of student pictures, and similar

acvies should not, insofar as possible, be scheduled during

religious holidays.

7. State emergency.

8. Suspension.

9. Lack of authorized transportaon-this shall not include students

denied authorized transportaon for disciplinary reasons.

10. Other emergency set of circumstances which, in the judgment of

the superintendent or designee, constutes a good and sufficient

cause for absence from school.

11. Family Vacaon or Family Trip- a family vacaon or a family trip

during the school year is strongly discouraged as the loss of class

me may have a negave impact on the student’s academic

progress and record. It is also recognized that, on some occasions,

working parents have lile control over the me of the year

when vacaons or trips may be taken. Family vacaon absences

are considered lawful only if they have prior wrien approval

of the principal and do not exceed five days per school year.

Wrien requests must be made at least ten days in advance of

the requested vacaon absence, and aer approval, parents

and students are responsible for requesng assignments. If a

family vaacon or trip is not approved, the parent may follow the

appeals process in Secon VIII. Requests that exceed five days per

year may be approved by the Superintendent’s designee.

III. Recording Absences

A. Lawful Absences

1. Death in the immediate family- the immediate family shall include

parent, siblings, grandparents, a person who is the primary care

provider, or anyone who lives regularly in the household of the

student and others as determined by the school principal.

2. Illness of the student- the principal may require a physician’s

The Harford County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, naonal origin, religion, sexual orientaon,

or disability in maers affecng employment or in providing access to programs. Inquiries related to the policies of the Board of Educaon of

Harford County should be directed to the Manager of Communicaons, 410-588-5203.

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B. Unlawful Absence

An absence, including absence for any poron of the day, for any

reason other than those cited as lawful are presumed to be unlawful

and may constute truancy.

Definions

• Truancy - A truant is a student who is absent from school or a

poron thereof without lawful cause.

• Habitual Truant - A student is a habitual truant if he or she is

unlawfully absent from school for a number of days or equivalent

days in excess of six percent of the school days within any marking

period, semester, or year.

Repeated unlawful absences will require a school conference between

the appropriate school personnel and parent(s)/guardian(s) and may

result in a referral to the pupil personnel worker.

Any student who meets or exceeds five days of unlawful absence in a

quarter must be referred to the pupil personnel worker.

C. Tardiness

Any student(s) arriving up to two hours late to school shall be

considered late to school. Two hours or more late would be considered

absent one-half day. Students arriving with less than two hours

remaining in the school day would be considered absent the enre

day. Students leaving school with more than two hours remaining

would be considered absent one-half day.

IV. Standard for Regular Aendance and Acons or Consequences for

Not Meeng the Standard

The standard for regular aendance is the minimal requirement for

student aendance in order to permit connuity in the instruconal

program. The standard includes both lawful and unlawful

absences within a marking period, semester, or school year.

The minimal standard is no more than four total days absence

per quarter.

The acons taken when the standard is not met should reflect a

connuum of consequences for increasing absenteeism. School officials

may waive these acons when they are aware of circumstances beyond

the student’s control such as documented chronic illnesses, etc. In

addion, students who receive services under an IEP or 504 plan may

not necessarily be subject to the consequences for failing to meet the

aendance standard.

A. All Schools

Beginning with the fih absence and/or tardiness, the parent will be

nofied in wring.

Connuing absence and/or tardiness of the student will result in the

iniaon of one or more of the following acons:

1. Conference with the parent, student, and the principal or

designee.

2. Referral to student services team and/or the pupil personnel

worker for appropriate intervenon.

3. Probaonary me period - verbal agreement.

4. Wrien contract.

5. Aer-school detenon.

6. Saturday school (non-teaching day aendance).

7. Removal of school privileges.

8. Restricon of extracurricular acvies.

9. In-school suspension (due process procedures followed).

10. Consideraon of enrollment in the Alternave Educaon Program.

11. Referral to Student Services for possible outside referral to court

for violaon of the compulsory aendance law or to Juvenile

Services for intake services.

B. High Schools

1. Following the second day of unlawful absence in a semester course,

the parent will be nofied in wring of the imminent danger of loss

of the one-half credit for the course. On the fih day of unlawful

absence, the student loses credit for the semester course. Parents

will be nofied in wring of the loss of credit and made aware of the

appeal process.

2. Following the sixth day of unlawful absence in a full-year course, the

parent will be nofied in wring of the imminent danger of loss of the

full one-credit for the course. On the 11th day of unlawful absence, the

student loses credit for the full-year course. Parents will be nofied in

wring of the loss of credit and made aware of the appeal process.

C. Elementary and Middle Schools

Students who have been absent 20 days by the end of the third

quarter must be reviewed for possible retenon during promoon/

non-promoon conferences.

V. Make-up Work Procedures

A. There shall be no make-up work given to students who have been

unlawfully absent.

B. The make-up policy for short term (five days or less) lawful absence

shall be:

• It will be the responsibility of the student/guardian to request

missed assignments.

Students will be given the number of days equal to the number

of days absent to turn in completed make-up work. Assignments

may be provided when possible in advance of a lawful absence if

requested by parent/guardian at least five days in advance of the

absence and approved by the principal or designee. Submission of

the make-up work provided in advance is required upon the return

of the student to school unless extenuang circumstances have

been documented.

C. The make-up work policy for extended (six days or more) lawful

absence shall require that the parent/guardian request designated

school officials to arrange for make-up work.

• The teacher will provide the required make-up work in a method

chosen by the teacher and will collect and correct the make-up

work. A reasonable me line for the compleon of the work will be

established. It is recommended that this exchange of completed

and newly assigned work be done on a weekly basis.

• The student will be accountable to complete all assigned make-up

work.

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D. All make-up work will be graded in accordance with the regular

classroom grading policy as long as it is completed within the

established meline.

E. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent/guardian to

iniate the request and obtain work from the teachers and return the

completed work within the allocated meframe.

F. Students permied to enroll in the Alternave Educaon Program as

a result of a long-term suspension do not have the opon to receive

make-up work from the home school.

ATTENDANCE AREAS

The aendance area for each public school in the county is designated

by the Board of Educaon. Students must aend the school in the area

in which they reside. The residence of the student is considered to be

the same as the residence of his/her parent, legally-appointed guardian,

or caretaker. If there are quesons concerning the boundaries of a

school’s aendance area, log on to the HCPS website (www.hcps.org) to

access the “School Locator”/Aendance Area Boundary maps or call the

school system’s Transportaon Office at 410-638-4092.

Boundary Excepons

The Board of Educaon recognizes that circumstances may arise

that cause parents or legal guardians to request permission for a

student to aend a school outside their home aendance area. The

superintendent of schools will develop and implement administrave

guidelines for evaluang boundary excepon and school transfer

requests. To apply for a boundary excepon, please contact your

child’s Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW).

The superintendent of schools shall submit the Administrave

Guidelines for Evaluang Boundary Excepon/School Transfer

Requests along with recommended changes to the Board of Educaon

for review on an annual basis. The review will occur each winter prior

to the March 1st applicaon period for the next school year.

Proof of Residency

When registering for enrollment into any Harford County Public

School, proof that they student is domiciled in Harford County with the

child’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) is required. Proof of residency must

be updated each me residency changes.

The following are the types of acceptable documentaon for proof of

residency:

• For homeowners – a current monthly ulity bill (cable, non-cellular

phone, or gas and electric) with service address indicated

• For renters - an original current lease (dated within 90 days of

registraon) along with a current monthly ulity bill (see above)

All documents must be originals, dated within three months of

registraon.

Examples of documents that are unacceptable as proof of residency:

• Driver’s License

• Property Tax Bill

• Water Bill

• Cell Phone Bill

Families who do not have a house or apartment of their own, but live

with a relave or friend, are required to submit a notarized Mul-

Family Affidavit as proof of residency for each year the student and

parent are in a shared housing/mul-family living arrangement. Review

of the mul-family/shared living arrangement will be conducted by

the Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) in your aendance area. Special

documentaon must be on file.

CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT

Definions

1. Child - any person under the age of 18 years.

2. Child abuse - the physical or mental injury of a child by any parent

or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody

or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or

family member, under circumstances that indicate that the child’s

health or welfare is harmed or at substanal risk of being harmed;

or sexual abuse of a child, whether physical injuries are sustained

or not.

3. Neglect - leaving a child unaended or other failure to give proper

care and aenon to a child by any parent or other person who

has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for

supervision of the child under circumstances that indicate: that the

child’s health or welfare is harmed or placed at substanal risk of

harm; or mental injury to the child or a substanal risk of mental

injury.

4. Sexual abuse - any act that involves sexual molestaon or

exploitaon of a child by a parent or other person who has

permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for

supervision of a child, or by any household or family member.

Sexual abuse includes: incest, rape, or sexual offense in any degree;

sodomy; and unnatural or perverted sexual pracces.

A. The Maryland child abuse and neglect laws mandate that any

person who believes or has reason to believe that a child may have

been abused or neglected must report such reasons both orally and

in wring to the Department of Social Services (DSS) or to a local law

enforcement agency within 48 hours.

B. Educators (teachers, school counselors, or other professional

employees of the school system), as well as volunteers working in

the schools, are required to report the incident to the principal of the

child’s school.

C. Individuals reporng in good faith are immune from any civil liability

or criminal penalty.

FACILITY INFORMATION

Use Of School Facilies

The Board of Educaon of Harford County encourages the use

of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) facilies by the school

community in accordance with Secon 7-108 of the Educaon Arcle

of the Maryland Annotated Code and the HCPS Use of Public School

Facilies Procedure. Students and parents who are part of a schoolaffiliated

group may be allowed to use HCPS facilies for any curricular

or co-curricular program or acvity that is directly affiliated with the

programs of the school system and under the supervision of a parcular

school within HCPS. School-affiliated groups may be allowed to use

HCPS facilies to sponsor programs or acvies that are directly

affiliated with the school’s educaonal program and sponsored by the

Parent-Teacher-Student Associaon (PTSA), the Harford County Council

of PTSA, and officially recognized employee organizaons. Requests

for school-sponsored acvies must be submied and processed, and

once approved must be conducted, in accordance with Board policy

and the HCPS Use of Facilies Procedure. Local schools must document

the intended use by the school-affiliated group by compleng the Use

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of Facilies

Form B.

The Use of

Facilies

Form B must

be forwarded

to the Office

of Operaons

prior to the

scheduled

program or

acvity.

Any group

that intends

to use

an HCPS

facility for a non-school related program or acvity that is not

school sponsored or school affiliated must be granted approval

for the intended use by compleng and subming, to the school

administraon, a Use of Facilies Form A.

All facility use by groups, both affiliated or non-affiliated with HCPS,

must adhere to HCPS policy, procedure, rules, and regulaons as they

relate to approval for use, responsibilies during use, requirements

and condions of use, safety and security requirements, as well as

care and condion of facility requirements. The HCPS Use of Facilies

Procedures can be found on the school system website, www.hcps.org.

Integrated Pest Management And Noficaon Of Pescide Use In A

Public School Building And On School Grounds

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a system of controlling pests

that does not depend on automac applicaon of pescides. As

implemented by Harford County Public Schools, pests are monitored

by regular and careful inspecons. Through a system of inspecon,

documentaon, communicaon with building occupants, and evaluaon

of any required acons, an effecve program of pest control is currently

in place.

Priority is given to non-chemical pest management techniques.

However, there will be occasions when pescide applicaon is

necessary. Applicaon will be done in a manner sufficient to minimize

potenal exposure to occupants and the building environment. In

compliance with regulaons as set forth by Maryland Department of

Agriculture, noficaon will be made to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of all

elementary students and staff, and parent(s)/guardian(s) of secondary

students and staff on the school’s noficaon list. If you are the parent/

guardian of a student aending a secondary school or Harford County

Public Schools staff and wish to be nofied of all pescide applicaons,

contact school administraon to request wrien noficaon.

A lisng of those pescides that might be applied in Harford County

Public School buildings or on school grounds can be found on the

website, at www.hcps.org. In addion, noficaon of pescide

applicaons will be provided to parents, guardians and staff members

through the use of the Internet, phone, or e-mail. For those parents,

guardians or staff members that do not have access to the Internet,

phone, or e-mail, or who wish to receive the noficaon via nonelectronic

formats, the school district will provide paper copies of the

pescide list and noces of pescide applicaon.

Informaon about pescides or bait staons that may be used in

school buildings or on school grounds when non-chemical techniques

are exhausted or inappropriate can be obtained through the Facilies

Management Department, 2209 Conowingo Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.

The execuve director of facilies management serves as coordinator

and maintains product labels and material safety data sheets for each

product. Currently, these pescides and bait staons include (by

common name) Amorphous Silica Gel, Borate, Borax, Bromadiolone,

Bromethalon, Carbon, Chlorfenapyr, Cyfluthrin, Cypermethrim, D-Trans

Allethrin, Deltamethrin, Diphacinone, Dimethylamine salt of 2,4 and

Fiprobnil, Glyphosate, Hydramethylon, Hydroprene, Imidacloprid,

Methoprene, s-metochlor, Napthalene, Orthoboric Acid, Oxadizon,

Permethrin, Potassium Salt of Fay Acid, Pyrethrins, Resmethrin,

Sodium Nitrate, and Sulfer. The public can review this informaon by

contacng the program coordinator at 410-638-4088. Copies can be

obtained for the cost of reproducon. A more detailed descripon of

IPM techniques employed by Harford County Public Schools may be

found in the IPM manual located at each school site.

For further informaon regarding Harford County Public Schools IPM

Program contact the execuve director of facilies management at 410-

638-4088.

Noficaon Of AHERA Inspecon & Management Plan Compliance

This noficaon is to inform interested pares such as teachers, school

personnel, and parents about Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response

Act (AHERA) requirements and the acons taken by Harford County

Public Schools to comply with AHERA regulaons. On October 30,

1987, the AHERA regulaons were published in the Federal Register,

pages 41826 to 41898, tled “Asbestos Containing Materials in

Schools.” These regulaons require a building inspecon to find

asbestos containing material (ACM) within each school building and a

management plan for each building. Building Inspecons have been

conducted by an Environmental Protecon Agency accredited Building

Inspector. Management Plans have been wrien by an Environmental

Protecon Agency accredited management planner for each school,

cataloging ACM found by the building inspecon.

Building inspecons and management plans have been completed

for all Harford County Public Schools. These documents have been

submied to the State of Maryland in compliance with AHERA’s May

9, 1989, deadline. The individual building reports include schedules

for periodic surveillance of ACM, re-inspecon to be conducted by an

accredited Environmental Protecon Agency building inspector, and

response acons planned, as well as those already completed. The

first re-inspecon of Harford County Public Schools’ buildings was

completed in 1992; and subsequent re-inspecons were performed in

1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Management plans are available for public review at school

administrave offices. To minimize confusion, and in order for a

representave of the school system to be available, all who wish to

review the reports are requested to make an appointment with school

administrators. Public viewing is at no cost to the individual. Copies of

the various reports are available for a fee based upon the copying costs

of the individual report requested.

Most Harford County schools do have ACM, and all schools that do,

have it idenfied and catalogued in their management plans. Those

materials are monitored by school and facilies staff, and reinspected

every three years by cerfied inspectors. In the event that deterioraon

is noted, or maintenance acon in the area of the materials requires

that the ACM be removed, it is removed only by cerfied contractors,

with monitoring by a separate industrial hygiene contractor. No one

other than cerfied contractors; not school staff, not teachers, not

students, nor parents should EVER take it upon themselves to aempt

to remove known or suspected asbestos containing materials for any

reason.

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Noficaon of Sampling for Lead in Drinking Water

Medical research shows lead to be a toxic metal which can be harmful

to human health even at low exposure levels. As evident by research,

young children, infants, and fetuses are parcularly vulnerable to lead

exposure, at lower exposure limits than adults. The effects are observed

in physiological and behavioral symptoms.

The degree of harm from lead depends upon the total exposure to

lead from all sources, and is cumulave over your lifespan. Children

as well as adults connue to be exposed to lead from a number of

sources, including dust from lead paint and soil, food, and water. For

more informaon on these sources, please contact the County Health

Department at 410-838-1500, or the Maryland Department of the

Environment at 410-537-3000.

In October 1988, Congress passed the Lead Contaminaon Control Act

in order to prevent lead contaminaon of drinking water in schools and

daycare centers. The Act required the Environmental Protecon Agency

(EPA) to publish a list of water coolers that were known to contain lead.

It also required schools and daycare centers to take acons to reduce

lead from other sources of drinking water to no more than 20 parts per

billion.

The Lead and Copper Rule required small water systems to complete

inial monitoring of their drinking water supply by December 31,

1993. Harford County Public Schools has completed the inial tesng

and connue to meet the requirements as issued by the EPA. Those

requirements include corrosion control, source water treatment, and

public educaon for systems that exceed the acon level of 15 parts per

billion (ppb) or 0.015 milligrams per liter (mg/L).

Results from tesng done by Harford County Public Schools are on file

in the administrave offices for the school system, and are available

for inspecon by the public. Regular monitoring of the drinking water

connues. Any quesons may be directed to 410-638-4085.

Noficaon of Rights Under the Protecon of Pupil Rights Act

PPRA provides parents certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys,

collecon and use of informaon for markeng purposes, and certain

physical exams in the public schools. A complete lisng of rights can be

obtained by calling the Communicaons Office at 410-588-5203.

Student Parking Policy

Parking on school property is a privilege afforded to students. Certain

condions are aached to that privilege. Students who fail to comply

with those condions will be denied or subject to loss of parking

privileges. Students will receive noce that vehicles parked on school

property may be subject to search in accordance to applicable search

and seizure laws and regulaons. Harford County Public Schools shall

not assume responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles or their

contents while they are on school property.

Each high school shall develop and publish parking procedures

governing the condions under which students may be granted

permission to use the parking facilies available on the school grounds.

The local school procedures shall include the following:

A. A general statement indicang that any student who needs to

drive to school and park in the school lot during school hours must

obtain a permit.

B. Rules, Definions, and Procedures for Policy Implementaon

1. Each high school principal annually determines the number

of parking spaces on the school premises which can be made

available to students.

2. Only students with a valid driver’s license may apply for a

parking permit.

3. Students and parents must submit a completed, signed

applicaon form for a student parking permit.

4. Students with outstanding financial obligaons to the school

will not be issued a parking permit.

5. Each high school shall develop priories of needs for the

issuance of parking permits.

6. Each high school will establish campus traffic and parking

rules.

7. Each high school will issue a parking permit for an assigned

parking area. Students will be permied to park only in

assigned parking areas.

8. Parking permits must be displayed at all mes while on school

property.

9. Penales for driving violaons, parking without a permit, or

other school violaons may include suspension or revocaon

of the permit, disciplinary acon, ckeng by the police, and/

or towing at the student’s expense.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

The State of Maryland has established immunizaon requirements for

all students entering or enrolled in Maryland schools for the 2012-2013

school year.

Requirements to achieve complete immunizaon status include the

following:

• Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), (DTaP, DTP)

– four doses vaccine for all students entering pre-Kindergarten

grade. If DT is given in place of DTP or DTaP, a physician

documented medical contraindicaon if required.

• Polio vaccine - three doses for all students less than 18 years of

age or proof of immunity by posive blood test.

• Measles - two doses of measles vaccine received on or aer

student’s first birthday, or proof of immunity by posive blood

test for students entering kindergarten -12th grade. Preschool

students under 60 months of age require one dose of measles;

preschool students 60 months of age or older require two doses

of measles vaccine.

• One dose of rubella vaccine on or aer the student’s first

birthday, or proof of immunity by a posive blood test for

students entering K-12th grade. Preschool students 60 months

or older require two doses of rubella vaccine.

• One dose of mumps vaccine on or aer the student’s first

birthday or proof of immunity through a posive blood test for

students entering Kindergarten -12th grade. Preschool students

60 months of age or older require two doses of mumps vaccine.

• Varicella: one dose required for students under 13 years of age

administered on or aer student’s first birthday; or two doses

required for previously unvaccinated students 13 years of age

and older. History of chicken pox documented by a health care

provider including month and year of disease or a posive blood

test will be accepted as proof in lieu of vaccinaon.

• Hepas B vaccine - three doses or a posive blood test for

students entering Pre Kindergarten—12th grade.

Students enrolled in preschool programs must also:

• Have received one dose of Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7, PCV 13,

Prevnar) if they are under 60 months of age.

• Have received Haemophilus influenza- type b vaccine (Hib) if they

are under 60 months of age. At least one dose of Hib must be

administered on or aer the first birthday.

• (Upon record review a vaccine dose given less than or equal to

four days before the minimum interval or age may be counted

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as valid.) Official documentaon is recorded on the Maryland

Immunizaon Cerficate, DHMH 896. This form is available from

the schools. If you have documentaon from another source,

please consult with the school nurse.

PRIVACY RIGHTS OF PARENTS & STUDENTS

The Family Educaonal Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)/

Student Records

Definions:

• Personally Idenfiable Informaon (PII) - data or informaon

including (a) the name of the student, his/her parents, and family

members; (b) address; (c) social security number or student

number; (d) a list of personal characteriscs which would make it

possible to idenfy the student with reasonable certainty; or (e)

other informaon which would make it possible to idenfy the

student with reasonable certainty.

Student Records - records that are: (a) directly related to a student;

and (b) maintained by Harford County Public Schools or by a party

acng for the Harford County Public Schools.

I. Noficaon of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary

Schools

The FERPA affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or

older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s

educaon records. These rights are:

A. The right to inspect and review the student’s educaon records

within 45 days aer the day the school receives a request for

access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal

a wrien request that idenfies the records they wish to inspect.

The school official will make arrangements for access and nofy

the parent or eligible student of the me and place where the

records may be inspected.

B. The right to request the amendment of the student’s educaon

records that the parent or eligible student believes are

inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violaon of the student’s

privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend

a record should write the school principal, clearly idenfy the

part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should

be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as

requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will nofy

the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right

to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Addional

informaon regarding the hearing procedures will be provided

to the parent or eligible student when nofied of the right to a

hearing.

C. The right to provide wrien consent before the school discloses

personally idenfiable informaon (PII) from the student’s

educaon records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes

disclosure without consent.

One excepon, which permits disclosure without consent,

is disclosure to school officials with legimate educaonal

interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as

an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member

(including health or medical staff and school resource officer)

or a person serving on the school Board. A school official also

may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school

who performs an instuonal service of funcon for which

the school would otherwise use its own employees and who

is under the direct control of the school with respect to the

use and maintenance of PII from educaon records, such as an

aorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or

student volunteering to serve on an official commiee, such as a

disciplinary or grievance commiee; or a parent, student, or other

volunteer assisng another school official in performing his or her

tasks. A school official has a legimate educaonal interest if the

official needs to review an educaon record in order to fulfill his

or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the school discloses educaon records without

consent to officials of another school district in which a student

seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is

for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

D. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of

Educaon concerning alleged failures by the School to comply with

the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office

that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Educaon

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

II. Noce for Disclosure of Directory Informaon

A. FERPA requires that the Harford County Public Schools, with

certain excepons, obtain your wrien consent prior to the

disclosure of personally idenfiable informaon from your child’s

educaon records. However, Harford County Public Schools may

disclose appropriately designated “directory informaon” without

wrien consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary

in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of

directory informaon is to allow Harford County Public Schools to

include this type of informaon from your child’s educaon records

in certain school publicaons. Examples include:

• A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama producon;

• The annual yearbook;

• Honor roll or other recognion lists;

• Graduaon programs; and

• Sports acvity sheets, such as football, wrestling, showing

weight and height of team members.

B. Directory informaon, which is informaon that is generally not

considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be

disclosed to outside organizaons without a parent’s prior wrien

consent. In addion, two federal laws require local educaonal

agencies receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary

Educaon Act of 1965 to provide military recruiters, upon request,

with the following informaon – names, addresses and telephone

lisngs – unless parents have advised the local school system that

they do not want their student’s informaon disclosed without their

prior wrien consent.

C. If you do not want Harford County Public Schools to disclose

directory informaon from your child’s educaon records without

your prior wrien consent, you must nofy the student’s principal

in wring within 10 school days of public noce or personal receipt

of such noce. Harford County Public Schools has designated the

following informaon as directory informaon:

Student’s name and grade, but only when it appears on

honor roll or graduaon list or as a member of a schoolapproved

team, club, or other student organizaon or school

publicaon;

• Parcipaon in officially recognized acvies and sports;

• Weight and height of members of athlec teams;

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• Degrees and awards received;

Student’s name and photograph as they appear in individual

school or school system publicaons.

RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

Religion

Students have the right to pracce their own religious beliefs

provided they neither violate the rights of others nor disrupt or

interfere with school operaons.

Students have the right to study, examine, discuss, and analyze

religious ideas and instuons just as they might study any other

subject.

Schools shall neither conduct religious exercises nor encourage or

support any religious beliefs or pracces.

Patrioc Exercises

Schools are to encourage the devoon to their flag and their country by

displaying and properly caring for the American flag on the school site

and in each classroom.

Students shall have the right to parcipate in or observe patrioc

exercises in their schools. They shall not, however, be required to take

part in such exercises nor may they interrupt the parcipaon of other

students in such exercises. Students shall not be penalized in any way

for exercising such rights.

Students have a variety of other rights that are outlined by school board

and addional policies can be found on the school system website,

www.hcps.org.

Dress Code

Students have the responsibility to choose their are and to arrange

their personal appearance in a manner that is safe, healthy, inoffensive,

and not disrupve to the educaonal process. The student dress code

is intended to create and preserve a posive climate for teaching

and learning, reduce the possibility of discipline problems, and

preserve school order and safety. The intenon of the policy is to seek

compliance from students and to avoid disciplinary acon unless there

are repeated offenses or serious aggravang circumstances. Students’

style of dress or grooming must meet the reasonable requirements of

a course or acvity. Accordingly, students are prohibited from wearing

clothing, head wear, jewelry, taoos, sunglasses, bookbags, or other

arcles of personal appearance that:

• Depict profanity, obscenity, the use of weapons, or violence.

• Promote the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or other illegal or

harmful products.

• Contain sexually suggesve messages.

• Unduly expose or reveal skin or undergarments such as tank

tops*, tube tops, haltertops, mesh tops, bare midriff tops,

spaghe straps, pants worn below the hips, short-shorts,

miniskirts, or bedme are.

• Contain language or symbols that offend or demean an

idenfiable person or group or otherwise infringe on the rights

of others in violaon of the Board harassment or discriminaon

policies.

• Cause, or is likely to cause, a substanal or material disrupon to

school acvies or the orderly operaon of the school, including

but not limited to swaskas and gang-related are.

• Contain profane, disrespecul, or discourteous expressions

inconsistent with civil discourse and behavior.

• Endanger health or safety.

*A tank top is a sleeveless garment with wide shoulder straps that

dips well below the neckline. The top is typically “U” or “V” shaped,

exposing a broad area of the shoulder, upper chest, and neck. Tank

top straps are typically two to four inches wide. Tank tops, especially

those with thinner straps, do not sufficiently conceal components of the

undergarments and or body parts.

Excepons under this policy shall be given consideraon in the

following instances:

• When a reasonable accommodaon is made if a student

wears an arcle of dress or other item which is a lawful

exercise of his/her right to freedom of expression or freedom

of religion.

• When a reasonable accommodaon is necessary due to a

documented medical or health reason, but only as authorized

by the school principal.

• When an authorized acvity, such as athlecs or band,

requires different are, but only upon the direcon of the

coach or faculty sponsor of the acvity.

Special Provisions and Restricons

The following examples are provided for guidance in implemenng

the policy and are not intended to list every possible violaon or

circumstance.

Physical Educaon

Proper physical educaon apparel and shoes are to be worn. For

secondary students, the appropriate school physical educaon uniform

should be worn.

• The following jewelry items will not be worn in physical educaon

classes: earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces.

• Pierced ear studs are permied to be worn by elementary students

only.

• Jewelry which needs to be removed for physical educaon class

shall be the responsibility of the student.

Clothing

• Clothing worn in such a manner so as to reveal undergarments or

bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is not permied.

• Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be no shorter than the student’s

longest fingerp when the student’s hands are held at his/her side.

• Pants shall be secured at the waist; must not touch or drag on the

ground; must not reveal undergarments or bare skin while sing

or bending; must not have any holes or tears above the knee; the

crotch of the pants shall be no longer than the student’s longest

fingerp when the student’s hands are held at his/her side; and

the boom of the pants must be no wider than the length of the

wearer’s shoes.

Outerwear

• It is a general expectaon that outer garments, including, but not

limited to lightweight jackets, hats, etc. are not to be worn during

the school day. These items are to be stored in lockers.

• Principals will have the discreon to permit students to wear

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outerwear in the school building when condions are warranted.

Head wear

• Head wear, including, but not limited to, hats, visors, doo rags,

sweatbands, and bandannas, is not to be worn inside school

buildings during the school day.

Jewelry

• Jewelry/body piercings (example: spiked jewelry, chokers, rings,

bracelets) that pose a health or safety hazard or is disrupve to the

orderly process of the school is not permied.

• Chains that could cause injury to others are not permied.

Sunglasses

• Sunglasses are considered inappropriate for inside wear.

• Medical excepons may be considered by the principal.

When a student’s are or personal appearance violates this policy,

the principal or designee shall invesgate and take correcve acons,

including but not limited to the following:

• Requiring the student to remove or change the item;

• Taking reasonable steps to nofy the student’s parents of the

violaon; and

• For repeated violaons, iniang progressive discipline for

insubordinaon as appropriate, which may include suspension

from school.

Are shall be disallowed if, in the judgment of the local school

administrator, such are may negavely impact safety, health, or the

posive climate for teaching and learning in the school.

Principals will have the authority to suspend or waive the restricons

on clothing for social events such as, but not limited to, proms,

homecoming dances or school sponsored acvies aimed at promong

school spirit.

Student Lockers

Where available, lockers will be provided for students to have a

secure repository for books, clothing, school materials, etc. Each

school principal will establish procedures for assigning lockers. School

administrators will take necessary steps to ensure that lockers are in

good working order and that combinaon locks are rounely rotated.

Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the contents,

cleanliness, and condion of the assigned locker. Students will not

be permied to use personal locks on school lockers. Students are

expected to report any case of a broken/unsecured locker or the

immediately to the school main office, physical educaon teacher, or

athlec team coach as appropriate. Harford County Public Schools shall

not assume responsibility for the the, loss, or damage of books or any

personal items in a student locker.

It is the responsibility of all students to cooperate fully with any lawful

invesgaon by authorized persons on school property.

It is the responsibility of students not to enter school property with

dangerous or illegal items or those items that constute violaons of

school policy. A principal, assistant principal, or school security guard

may make a search of the physical plant and its assets including the

lockers of students.

Student Backpack Use

Students are permied to use backpacks or similar items to carry

their schoolbooks, materials, or equipment while traveling to and

from school. However, because of the importance of maintaining a

safe environment in the school, such items must be stored in lockers

or designated areas during the school day. The school principal will

have the authority to make excepons based on medical or health

condions, or disability. Harford County Public Schools shall not assume

responsibility for the the, loss, or damage to a student’s backpack or

similar item, or its contents.

The following condions shall apply:

• Bookbags, backpacks, etc. shall be stored in the student’s

assigned locker or designated area.

• Musical instrument cases shall be stored in the music room or

designated storage areas.

• Athlec bags and gear shall be stored in either the student’s

locker, assigned physical educaon locker, or designated

storage area, as appropriate.

If any student is determined to be in violaon of this policy, the school

administrator will take correcve acon, including, but not limited to

the following:

• Requiring the student to place the item in his/her locker.

• Taking reasonable steps to nofy the parent.

• Iniang progressive disciplinary acon for repeated

violaons or insubordinaon as appropriate, which may

include suspension from school.

Student Search and Seizure

The principal or assistant principal may make a reasonable search

of a student, including the search of a student’s backpack or other

belongings, on the school premises if he or she has a reasonable belief

that the student is in possession of an item, the possession of which is

a criminal offense under the laws of this state or a rule or policy of the

Board of Educaon. This search shall be made in the presence of a third

party.

A principal or assistant principal may make a reasonable search of a

student on the school premises or on a school-sponsored trip if the

searcher has a reasonable belief that the student has in the student’s

possession an item, the possession if which is:

• A criminal offense under the laws of this State; or

• A violaon of:

- Any other state law; or

- A rule or regulaon of the local school Board

• A search authorized above shall be made in the presence of a third

party.

It is a violaon of the Harford County Public School regulaons for a

student to possess either:

- Any illegal item; or

- Any item used to disrupt or interfere with the school

environment.

SAFE SCHOOLS

Drug Detecng Dogs In Secondary Schools

The Board of Educaon of Harford County permits the use of drug

detecng dogs in secondary schools. Drug detecng dogs may be used

in school buildings and on school parking lots during the day when

students are present. Drug detecng dogs may be used randomly or at

the request of the principal based on reasonable suspicion that drugs

might be in the school. Under no circumstances will a drug detecng

dog be used to sniff any individual person. When, in the opinion of the

dog’s handler, a drug detecng dog has alerted on a locker or other

property in the school, a search may be conducted by the principal or

his/her designee. When, in the opinion of the dog’s handler, a drug

detecng dog has alerted on a vehicle, a search may be conducted by a

police officer. Students who are in possession of controlled dangerous

substances and other items that constute a violaon of the policies

of the Board of Educaon will be disciplined in accordance with the

appropriate procedures.

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Emergency Preparedness Planning

Harford County Public Schools, in cooperaon with the Harford County

Division of Emergency Operaons, parcipates in planning for various

types of emergency situaons such as fires, natural disasters, air

polluon, and ulity disrupon. In the event of any type of emergency

that disrupts normal schedules at schools, noficaon will be provided

through the automated phone system, commercial radio and television

staons. See page 3 for the complete list of noficaon procedures.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Inmidaon

Bullying, cyberbullying , harassment, or inmidaon are prohibited

and not tolerated by the students, volunteers or employees of Harford

County Public Schools.

If you believe your child has been the vicm of bullying, harassment,

or inmidaon, you are asked to complete a Bullying, Cyberbullying,

Harassment, or Inmidaon Reporng Form and return it to the

principal at the student vicm’s school. The form is available on the

Harford County Public School website, www.hcps.org, or at any school.

Contact the school for addional informaon or assistance.

Prohibion of Gang Related Acvies

Definions

• Gang means any ongoing organizaon, associaon or group of

three or more students, whether formal or informal, having as

one of its primary acvies the commission of criminal acts or

violaons of school discipline policies and having a common

name or common idenfying signs, colors or symbols or having in

common an overt or covert organizaonal or command structure.

• School Sponsored Acvies means any event or funcon

authorized, supervised and controlled by Harford County Public

Schools or the school’s administraon.

Gang acvity means:

1. Solicing, with or without coercion, membership in or affiliaon

with any gang;

2. Painng, wring or otherwise inscribing gang related graffi,

messages, symbols or signs on school property;

3. Engaging in violence, extoron or any other illegal act or other

violaon of school discipline policies in furtherance of criminal

gang acvity;

4. Solicing any person to engage in physical violence against

another person in furtherance of gang acvity;

5. Wearing, possessing, using, distribung, displaying or selling

any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol or items which

evidence membership in, idenficaon with or affiliaon with

any gang and/or is representave of any gang;

6. Engaging in any act, either verbal or nonverbal, including

gestures or handshakes which demonstrate membership or

affiliaon in any gang and/or is representave of any gang.

7. Violang the provision of Secon 9-803 of the Criminal Law

Arcle of the Maryland Annotated Code.

If you have any informaon about gang acvity you are asked to report

it to the principal or complete a Gang-Related Incident Reporng Form

and return it to the school principal. The form is available on the school

system website, www.hcps.org, or at any school.

Planning For Incidents At The Peach Boom Power Staon

In the event of an incident at the Peach Boom Atomic Power Staon,

plans have been made to increase the safety of public school students

at schools within 10 miles of Peach Boom. The following home schools

are within the 10 mile radius and could possibly be evacuated to a host

school. The host schools are:

Schools within Ten Miles of Peach Boom Host Schools

Darlington Elementary

Meadowvale Elementary

Dublin Elementary

Churchville Elementary

North Harford Elementary

North Bend Elementary

North Harford Middle

Hickory Elementary

North Harford High

C. Milton Wright High

In the event of an incident at the Peach Boom Atomic Power Staon

which requires the evacuaon of a school, students will be transported

by bus directly to the HOST school. If such evacuaon is ordered,

noficaon will be publicized by radio and television staons, and

through the automated telephone system.

Parents or authorized persons are to meet their children at the assigned

school. Parents are urged not to telephone schools or aempt to make

different arrangements. This will only create confusion. Parents are

requested not to pick up their children at the HOME school, but to meet

their children at the HOST school.

Parents or other persons authorized to pick up a student will be

required to provide idenficaon at the pick-up point and sign a

register prior to the release of a student to their custody.

Portable Communicaon Policy

Portable communicaon devices provide the ability to send and receive

informaon ulizing radio frequencies.

Such devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, pagers,

personal data assistants (PDA), laptop computers with cellular/phone

capability, and two-way radios.

Instruconal use of wireless communicaon devices in Harford County

Public Schools shall be determined in accordance with the needs of

students as jointly agreed upon by the student’s parent/guardian and

school. The parent and school shall, in accordance with the student’s

individual educaon plan or as jointly established, agree upon the

use of a wireless communicaon device by a student with specific

educaonal concerns or disabilies.

The Board of Educaon prohibits the use of certain wireless

communicaon devices, which in its opinion, have limited or no

educaonal value or their use creates learner distracon and learning

environment disrupon.

In light of this concern, the Board of Educaon prohibits student

possession of pagers on school property at all mes.

The Board of Educaon permits high school students to possess cell

phones during the regular school day (as noted below); however,

students are prohibited from using cell phones during the regular

school day for any reason. Student possession of cell phones shall

conform to the following restricons:

Students shall not use cell phones or otherwise be capable of

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eceiving an acvaon signal at any me while riding any form

of Harford County Public Schools provided transportaon.

• During the course of the regular school day for students, cell

phones shall not be used to transmit or receive calls and shall

be turned off or rendered incapable of acvaon.

Students enrolled in high schools only may possess Portable

Communicaon Devices (PCD) on school grounds and buses during the

regular school day provided:

• the student keeps and maintains the PCD so it cannot be seen

by others;

• the student does not use or acvate the PCD in any fashion.

Students enrolled in high schools only may use a PCD on school grounds

(but not on buses) before the regular school day and aer the regular

school day.

Students who violate the above restricons shall be deemed to have

created a disrupon to the instruconal environment and be subject to

appropriate disciplinary acon.

Nondiscriminatory Pracces

The Board is commied to providing an environment that is safe

and opmal for academic achievement and producve work acvity

and free from any form of unlawful discriminaon. Any act of

discriminaon, as defined herein, commied by a member of the school

community is a violaon of this policy. Harford County Public Schools

will invesgate all complaints of discriminaon and/or harassment and

will take appropriate disciplinary or other acon against any member

of the school community who is found to have commied any act of

discriminaon as defined herein.

Personal Property

Personal property that is brought into the school by students is not

covered under the insurance of Harford County Public Schools. Please

contact your homeowner’s insurance company regarding any valuable

items, such as musical instruments, for off-premise coverage. Students/

parents should evaluate the personal items that are brought to school.

Also, students should take the me to permanently mark personal

items so they are clearly idenfiable. Personal computers are not

permied in schools.

Student Accident Insurance Program

Harford County Public Schools insurance does not cover student injuries

due to accidents at school or during school-sponsored acvies such as

physical educaon, aer school sports, and field trips. At the beginning

of each school year, Harford County Public Schools provides parents

with informaon on a voluntary accident insurance program. For

students who are not covered by a family health or accident insurance

plan or for families who wish to supplement their exisng coverage,

parents should consider this student accident insurance which:

• Is available to parents or guardians of all Harford County Public

Schools students;

• Provides low-cost accident insurance for students; and

• Is available either on a full year, 24-hour basis, school me only,

for football coverage and extended dental coverage.

You may obtain informaon and enroll online at

www.studennsurance-kk.com. If you have any quesons, contact the

Risk Management Office at 410-588-5286.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Special Educaon program is designed to provide support to

students with educaonal disabilies, so that they are successful in

aaining the outcomes of the general curriculum. For students with

intensive needs, alternave plans are developed to help them achieve

life skills and goals that are defined through the Individual Educaon

Program (IEP) process.

Special Educaon services for students with disabilies are based

on students’ IEPs and are designed to complement the general

educaon curriculum. The alignment of IEP goals and benchmarks

with the general educaon content standards supports the students’

parcipaon in the Maryland State Assessment program. The IEP guides

the implementaon of modificaons and accommodaons ulized to

enable the students to access the general educaon curriculum. The

IEPs for students with more intensive needs support parcipaon in the

Alternave Maryland State Assessment program.

Services are available for all students ages birth through 21, as

appropriate. There is a full connuum of services to meet the needs

of students with educaonal disabilies in the least restricve

environment. These services are provided in all the community schools.

The needs of students with significant medical and educaonal needs

may be met at John Archer School or in other educaonal placements.

Infants and toddlers ages birth to three can access a variety of services

to meet their individual needs through the Harford County Infants and

Toddlers Program in conjuncon with the Early Childhood Programming

opons.

Harford County Public Schools operates regional programs for children

with special needs. The children aend programs with instrucon

provided by special educators to address communicaon and/

or other areas idenfied on the IEP. Harford County Public Schools

provides inerant services including but not limited to: speech/

language therapy, occupaonal therapy, physical therapy, hearing and

vision services, community-based instrucon, work experience, and

assisve technology. All services are provided in accordance with the

students’ IEPs to assist the student to benefit from specially designed

instruconal programs.

“Child Find”- a Search for Children in Need of Special Educaon

Services

“Child Find” is the name given to the Harford County Public Schools

campaign to locate children who are in need of special educaon.

This special project is designed to idenfy all children from birth

through the age of 20 who have special educaon needs and to provide

them with special educaon and related services. Children’s needs are

idenfied through a variety of evaluaon procedures.

If you know of any child from birth through age 20 who may be in need

of special educaon services, call 410-638-4386 and ask for the “Child

Find” contact.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

I. Definions

• In-school suspension means the exclusion within the school

building of a student from the student’s regular educaon program

for up to but not more than, ten school days for disciplinary

reasons by the school principal.

• Short-term suspension means the removal of a student from

school for up to but not more than ten school days for disciplinary

reasons by the principal.

• Extended suspension means the temporary exclusion of a student

from school for a specified period of me longer than 10 school

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days by the superintendent of schools or his/her designee.

Depending on the length of the suspension, the student will

either be permied to make up work lost during the suspension

period or, in the case of secondary students, be required to enroll

in and sasfactorily complete the Harford County Public Schools

Alternave Educaon Program. A suspension late in the school

year, if of significant length, may be extended to the next school

year.

• Expulsion means, at a minimum, the removal of the student from

the student’s regular school program for an indefinite period of

me during which no educaon services are provided. Students

who are expelled do have the right to seek reinstatement.

• School-sponsored event includes all intraschool and interschool

student acvies which are a part of the school’s overall program,

and are under the supervision and control of school authories.

These acvies include but are not limited to the following:

field trips; athlec, music, and theatrical events; club meengs;

intramurals, student exchange programs; conferences; dances;

class trips; and all other acvies under the general supervision

and control of school authories.

• Verbal or physical threat means either verbal or physical conduct

which places a school employee in reasonable fear of a physical

aack as defined below whether or not such physical aack occurs.

• Physical aack means an intenonal harmful or offensive physical

touching of a school employee or touching, whether intenonal or

unintenonal, of a school employee who is intervening in a fight or

other disrupve acvity.

• Dangerous weapons shall include, but are not limited to, the

following: any firearm of any kind, whether loaded or unloaded,

operable or inoperable, including any object which is a look-alike of

a firearm, even though incapable of operaon; knives of any kind

(including, but not limited to, a switchblade knife, a star knife, a

dirk knife, a hunng knife); a straight razor; a spiked glove, spiked

wristband, or spiked ring; metal knuckles; nunchaku; explosive

devices; chemical mace; tear gas; or pepper spray.

• Arson/fire means to set, aempt or aid to set fire to or burn a

school building or other school property.

II. General Procedures

A. The Board of Educaon has established the following policies

and procedures to govern (1) verbal or physical threat and/or

physical aack on staff; (2) dangerous weapons; (3) arson/fire; (4)

controlled dangerous substances, medicines, alcohol, and inhalants

or other intoxicants; (5) wireless communicaon devices; (6)

tobacco products; (7) sexual harassment; and (8) other maers of

student behavior which will apply to all students in every school.

These policies and procedures are in effect while students are on

any property of the Harford County Public Schools or while they are

parcipang in any school-sponsored event or acvity.

B. In addion to these policies, the school principal has the right

and authority to discipline students including suspension and

referral to the superintendent of schools for further acon for other

behaviors including but not limited to physical aack on a student,

verbal or physical threat to a student, fighng, extoron, bullying,

sexual assault, sexual acvity, false alarms/bomb threats, explosives,

disrespect, insubordinaon, harassment, classroom disrupon,

incing or parcipang in a disturbance, academic dishonesty/

cheang, the, trespassing, unauthorized sale or distribuon,

vandalism/destrucon of property, and refusal to obey school rules.

Students who commit aendance related violaons are subject to

school-based disciplinary consequences, but may not receive out-ofschool

suspension.

C. The superintendent may deny aendance to any student who is

currently expelled from another school system for a length of me

equal to that expulsion. Also, informaon relang to the discipline of

a student, including informaon on an expulsion of a student, will be

forwarded to another school system upon request.

III. Behavior Which Has Taken Place Off School Property

A. Students may be disciplined, including suspension or expulsion,

for behavior which has taken place off school property and/

or beyond the school day. If the behavior is determined by the

principal to impact the educaonal environment of the school,

the safety and/or welfare of other students and/or staff, and/or

the maintenance of school order and discipline, the principal may

suspend the student for up to 10 school days. If the nature and

severity of the off-school property behavior warrants it, the principal

may refer the student to the office of the superintendent of schools

with the recommendaon for further disciplinary acon. If the

superintendent concurs with the findings of the principal, a longterm

suspension/expulsion may be imposed.

B. Behavior which has taken place off school property and/or

beyond the school day for which a student may be subject to school

disciplinary procedures includes, but is not limited to: comming or

aempng to commit murder, rape, assault with a deadly weapon,

a serious assault, robbery, threat or extoron, arson, distribuon

and/or sale of controlled dangerous substances or alcohol, other

criminal acons, or other acons which could be subject to criminal

prosecuon by law enforcement or juvenile authories whether or

not prosecuon has or does take place.

IV. Restuon

If a student is determined to have violated these discipline policies

or a school regulaon and in the course of that violaon damaged

or destroyed school property or the property of another on school

property, the principal shall require the student or the student’s

parent to make restuon. The restuon may not exceed $2,500.

The principal may assign the student to a school work project if the

principal determines that this is an appropriate means to provide

restuon for all or a part of the damage to property.

V. Student Possession, Use, or Transference of Controlled Dangerous

Substances, Medicines, and Alcohol

The Board of Educaon of Harford County is commied to promong

and providing a drug-free academic environment for all students and

providing appropriate safeguards with respect to the administraon

of prescripon medicaon and over-the-counter products, and

believes that collaboraon with parents and the larger community is

essenal to achieving a drug-free environment. School system efforts

to deter the use of alcohol and other drugs by students will include a

comprehensive program designed to inform students of the negave

effects of alcohol and other drug use, to provide parents referral

informaon on evaluaon and treatment services related to student

use of alcohol and other drugs, as well as appropriate consequences

for students who violate this policy.

A. Definions

• Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) - controlled dangerous

substances include, but are not limited to, the substances listed

in Title 5 of the Criminal Law Arcle. In addion, substances

include medicine not registered with the school nurse, which

are intended, implied, or are thought to produce the same or

similar effects as substances listed in Title 5 are also regarded as

controlled dangerous substances.

• Medicine - any preparaon used in treang disease or illness.

This includes prescripon and over-the-counter drugs.

• Inhalant or Other Intoxicant - any compound or substance (such

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as glue and solvents) which may cause a loss of self-control or

inebriaon.

• Material Evidence – CDS, alcohol, inhalants or other intoxicants,

substances misrepresented to be drugs or alcohol, medicine not

registered with the school nurse, and/or paraphernalia used in

taking controlled dangerous substances.

• Paraphernalia – items which are commonly used for the purpose

of the ingeson of drugs. Typical paraphernalia would include

but are not limited to pipes for the smoking of marijuana,

manufactured paper, homemade clips or wire-formed devices

used for holding marijuana “roaches,” gelan capsules,

measuring spoons, scales, strainers, and other items as defined

by law.

• Substance Misrepresented - a substance which a student leads

others to believe is a controlled dangerous substance, or thinks

to be a controlled dangerous substance, implies is a controlled

dangerous substance or will produce the effects of a controlled

dangerous substance.

• Transference - to pass to another person or to make reasonably

available to another person a controlled dangerous substance

or medicine or alcohol or paraphernalia or a substance

misrepresented.

B. Over - the - Counter and Prescripon Medicaons

Students are not permied to possess or use prescribed or overthe-counter

medicaon on school buses or on school property.

All medicaon must be properly registered, stored with, and

administered by designated school personnel. Excepons to this

arcle, with supporng documentaon from the student’s physician,

may be granted by the director of student services or his/her

designee. Violaon of this rule will result in disciplinary acon to the

student, with a parent conference available immediately to clarify this

policy.

A second violaon will result in a 10 school-day suspension of the

student by the principal and a referral to the superintendent of

schools with a recommendaon for further disciplinary acon.

C. Suspected impairment

Students who are suspected to be under the influence of a

prescripon or over the counter drug, controlled dangerous

substance, alcohol, or an inhalant or other intoxicant will be referred

to the principal of the school. If the invesgaon of the maer yields

no material evidence, but if the principal has reasonable cause to

suspect that the student is impaired the principal will contact the

student’s parents/guardians and a mandatory conference will be

held. The superintendent of schools will be advised in wring of the

incident and of the results of the parent conference.

VI. Offenses subject to referral

Students shall receive a ten day suspension and referral to the

superintendent of schools with the recommendaon for further

disciplinary acon for certain offenses/violaons including but not

limited to the following:

A. Possession of, using, or under the influence of a controlled

dangerous substance, alcohol, an inhalant or other intoxicant, or to

be in possession of paraphernalia or a substance misrepresented to

be a controlled dangerous substance or alcohol.

If the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student agree to parcipate in

a substance abuse evaluaon at the Harford County Mental Health

and Addicons/Adolescent Addicon Services and agree to follow

the recommendaons for treatment made as part of that evaluaon,

at no cost to the Harford County Public Schools, the superintendent

of schools will reduce the length of the suspension which would

otherwise be imposed. This opon is for a first offense only and will

not be offered for transference or a second offense of the CDS and

alcohol policies. Further, this opon is conngent upon the connuing

availability of funding to the Harford County Mental Health and

Addicons/Adolescent Addicon Services to enable that agency to

provide this service.

B. Transference of a controlled dangerous substance, medicine,

alcohol, an inhalant or other intoxicant, or paraphernalia, or

substance misrepresented to be a controlled dangerous substance,

medicine, alcohol, an inhalant or other intoxicant or paraphernalia.

C. Verbal or Physical Threat and/or Physical Aack on Staff

D. Dangerous Weapons

Possession or using an object which reasonably could cause

physical harm or injury to a person, or an object which is

represented to be and a reasonable person would conclude was

a dangerous weapon, and for which there is no reasonable or

legimate cause for the student to possess or use on the property

of Harford County Public Schools or at a school-sponsored acvity.

Further, in compliance with the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 and

Secon 7-305 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, a student who

has been determined by the superintendent of schools to have

brought a firearm onto school property may be expelled for a

minimum of 365 consecuve days. The Superintendent of Schools

may specify, on a case-by-case basis, a shorter period of expulsion

for a student who has brought a firearm onto school property. Any

student expelled under the provisions of the Gun-free Schools Act

of 1994 will not be permied to enroll in the Alternave Educaon

Program. Students served under an IEP or 504 plan may not be

subject to this provision.

E. Arson/Fire

Aempng to, aiding in, or seng fire to a building or other school

property.

STUDENTPARENT SURVEY TO IDENTIFY FEDERALLY

CONNECTED STUDENTS

Each year, Harford County Public Schools seeks informaon from

parents which is important to the system in its long-range planning

and its applicaon for federal financial assistance. This informaon is

requested on a form known as the student-parent survey form.

What kind of informaon is needed?

The survey form, which your student brings home in October of

each year, includes quesons about the locaon of your residence,

the number of children of school age in your home, your place of

employment, the name of your employer, and your work locaon.

Why is this informaon needed?

This informaon enables the school system to predict student yields

from the various types of residences in the county. These data are

important for planning future school building needs. Also, the place

of your employment and work locaon are needed to determine how

many persons are connected with the federal government. Each year

the school system is entled to an appropriaon of funds based on the

number of federally-connected children in the school system. These

funds are made available through Public Law 874, “Impact Aid.”

What is Impact Aid?

The presence of federal installaons in Harford County brings addional

children to the community for which the public schools must provide

educaonal programs. Since federal properes are exempt from local

property taxaon, the federal government provides funds which

parally pay for the educaon of these addional students. The

amount of funds received is based on the results of the survey and the

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aendance of those students idenfied as “federally connected.”

TRANSPORTATION

School bus transportaon is provided for Harford County public

elementary school students who live more than one mile from their

school and for public secondary school students who live more than

one and one half miles from their school.

Excepons to this distance requirement may be made for students with

disabilies and where exceponal or hazardous walking condions

exist. Inquiries concerning these

excepons should be directed

to the Transportaon Office at

410-638-4092.

School bus transportaon will be

withdrawn from a student who

is excluded from the classroom

as a result of a condion that

presents a clear and direct

health risk to others. (Examples: head lice, measles, fever and voming

in school, etc.)

Transportaon Rules For Students

The following transportaon rules apply to all students riding school

buses to and from Harford County Public Schools. In addion, all other

policies adopted by the Board of Educaon regarding student behavior

on school property will be enforced on Harford County Public Schools

buses.

1. Students must follow direcons from the driver the first me they

are given. The driver shall be in full charge of the school bus and

the students, except in the presence of a teacher/administrator,

who shall then be in charge of the students.

2. Insubordinaon or disrespect to the driver or aendant will not

be tolerated.

3. Students will sit in the seats, which have been assigned to them

by the driver, the principal, or their designee. Students must

remain in their seats at all mes when the bus is in moon.

Changing seats any me during the run is prohibited.

4. Students may converse in a normal manner; but loud, profane, or

obscene language or gestures will not be permied

5. With the excepon of their books, bookbags, and school

equipment, such as musical instruments or gym bags, students

may not transport other items on the bus without the permission

of the driver. Books, bookbags, and other school equipment

should be held by the student. No books or other objects are to

be placed in the bus aisle. Books and other school equipment

must be of a size that can be controlled in the seat by the

student.

6. Students must not extend any part of their bodies through bus

windows. Students must face forward at all mes and keep their

arms and legs out of the aisle. Sping or tossing objects on or out

of the bus is prohibited.

7. Students must not aempt to board or to get off the bus while it

is in moon.

8. Students should cooperate in keeping the bus clean and must not

damage it. Any malicious or willful damage to a school bus will

result in the immediate withdrawal of transportaon services for

the students involved, unl the cost of repairing the bus has been

sasfactorily seled.

9. Students may not eat, drink, or chew gum on the bus.

10. Students may not play electronic devices on the bus unless

approved by the driver.

11. Students suspended from the school may not ride the bus while

they are on suspension.

12. Students may not leave the bus on the way to or from school

without the permission of the driver. The driver will not give

permission except in case of personal emergency on the part of

the student, or upon wrien request from the principal.

13. Students are permied to ride only the bus to which they are

assigned, ulizing their designated bus stop, which serves the

area in which they live. Requests from parents for the students

to ride other buses in an emergency may be considered by school

officials.

14. Students must be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the

scheduled arrival me of the bus.

15. No glass items or live animals (except those assisng the

handicapped) are to be transported on buses.

16. Students shall not use cell phones or otherwise be capable of

receiving an acvaon signal at anyme while riding any form of

transportaon provided by Harford County Public Schools.

17. Students violang the transportaon rules will be reported to the

principal or the assistant principal and transportaon services

may be restricted or withdrawn.

Transportaon Discipline Procedures

Students who are assigned to ride Harford County Public Schools buses

must assume certain responsibilies. Misconduct, carelessness, and

thoughtlessness are hazardous to the safe operaon of the school bus.

The bus is an integral part of the total school program; and the driver,

who is an adult in a posion of authority, must insist on appropriate

behavior.

Each student will receive a copy of the “Transportaon Rules for

Students.” These rules will be reviewed and interpreted for the students

on an annual basis by school personnel. Violaon of these rules will

be reported to the school principal. When a principal is advised of a

violaon of the “Transportaon Rules for Students” and where the

principal determines, as a result of their invesgaon, that a violaon

of the “Transportaon Rules for Students” has occurred, the following

opons shall be ulized by the principal:

REFERRAL 1 - Mandatory parent contact and, if appropriate, withdrawal

of transportaon services for not less than five school days or not less

than 20 school days or not less than 90 school days.

REFERRAL 2 - Mandatory parent contact and, if appropriate, withdrawal

of transportaon services for not less than five school days and, if

appropriate, for not less than 20 school days or not less than 90 school

days.

REFERRAL 3 - Mandatory parent contact and, if appropriate, withdrawal

of transportaon services for not less than 20 school days and, if

appropriate, for not less than 90 school days.

REFERRAL 4 - Mandatory parent contact and, if appropriate, withdrawal

of transportaon services for not less than 90 school days.

Withdrawal of transportaon services for a day shall be defined as a day

that school is in session.

Students and their parents should be aware that misbehavior on school

buses may also have other serious consequences. Specifically, violaon

of the “Transportaon Rules for Students” may result in a suspension

from school. Furthermore, any act by a student, which contributes to a

school bus accident, will be reported to the police officer invesgang

the incident.

Parental Transportaon

Parents who choose to drop their child off at the school are responsible

for the safety of their child unl the school is open for students. Parents

who are not aware of the me that students are allowed to enter the

school must contact their respecve school directly for the informaon.

The school will share normal opening mes as well as late opening

mes with the parent.

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Transportaon Responsibilies of Parents

Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operaon

of a school’s transportaon system. If the transportaon program,

as a whole, is to funcon effecvely, the parents must assume their

responsibilies to the program and extend cooperaon and support to

the people charged with its operaon.

Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be

temporarily or permanently revoked if the “Transportaon Rules for

Students” are violated.

Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the me

they leave home in the morning unl the me they board the school

bus and, at the end of the school day, from the me the school bus

departs the bus stop and the children reach home. During the midday,

adult supervision is required for pre-K students’ bus dismissal. Once the

child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the bus driver

and the school administraon. In order to ensure the safe and efficient

operaon of the student transportaon program, parents must also

accept the responsibilies to:

1. Cooperate with the school authories and the school bus driver in

promong safe and efficient services for all passengers.

2. Insist upon good behavior on the part of their children while riding

the school bus.

3. Insist that their children occupy the seats, which have been

assigned to them.

4. Instruct their children as to their responsibility for damages caused

to the property of others, including the school bus.

5. Inform their children that they should arrive at the designated

school bus stop five minutes before the scheduled arrival me of

the school bus.

6. Make suggesons to the school principal or to the director of

transportaon for improvements in the transportaon program.

7. Walk with younger children to and from the school bus stop, using

this opportunity to teach the children proper pedestrian pracces.

If the parents cannot accompany their children, arrangements

should be made, if possible, for older children (brothers, sisters, or

neighbors) to escort the younger children to and from the school

bus stop or school.

8. Encourage their children to obey all traffic rules, signs, and signals.

9. Set an example for their children by their own safety pracces.

10. Understand that unauthorized persons, including parents, are not

allowed to board the school bus under any circumstances.

Magnet Program and Alternave Educaon Transportaon Guidelines

A consolidated stop system for school bus transportaon is ulized for

all students aending Harford County Public Schools Magnet Programs

and Alternave Educaon

• Parents are responsible for the safety of the student from the me

they leave home in the morning unl the me they board the

school bus, and at the end of the school day, from the me the

school bus departs the bus stop and the student reaches home.

Students who live within walking distance of their neighborhood

elementary, middle or high school meet their bus at the local

school.

• Stops for developments are located at the entrance of the

development.

• Magnet and Alternave Educaon students are required to be at

their bus stop 10 minutes prior to the stated pick-up me.

• The school needs to have the student’s current address and

phone number. Changes cannot be given to the Transportaon

Department or bus driver by the parent, student, or guardian.

Students not ulizing morning bus service for a period of 10

consecuve school days will be dropped from the morning bus

route to provide the shortest ride me for students who are

ulizing bus service.

Students not ulizing aernoon bus service for a period of 10

consecuve school days will be dropped from the aernoon bus

route to provide the shortest ride me for students who are

ulizing bus service.

• Parents are responsible for contacng the school to restart bus

service, once a student has been dropped from the bus route due

to lack of use.

Students are permied only to ride the bus they are assigned,

ulizing their designated bus stop.

• On inclement weather days (even when schools are on me) buses

may be delayed.

TITLE IX COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

Title IX of the Educaonal Amendments of 1972 states in part:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded

from parcipaon in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to

discriminaon under any educaonal program or acvity receiving

Federal financial assistance.”

In accordance with the regulaons of Title IX, the Board of Educaon of

Harford County has adopted Title IX complaint procedures for students,

parents, and employees. The purpose of the procedures is to secure

equitable soluons to problems deriving from the implementaon of

Title IX and other laws dealing with sex discriminaon.

A. Complaints alleging discriminaon on the basis of sex shall be

submied to the Title IX coordinator in accordance with Harford

County Public Schools administrave procedures relang to Title IX

complaints.

B. A complainant shall file a complaint within 90 days of the date the

alleged act of disability discriminaon occurred.

C. The Title IX coordinator shall aempt to informally resolve a

complaint within 30 days of the receipt of same.

D. If an informal resoluon cannot be reached, the Title IX

coordinator shall issue a wrien decision seng forth in concise

fashion his/her decision regarding the complaint and the reasons

for the decision. Such wrien decision shall be issued within 60

days of receipt of the complaint.

E. All decisions of the Title IX coordinator may be appealed to the

superintendent pursuant to Secon 4-205 of the Educaon Arcle

of the Maryland Annotated Code.

F. The complaint procedure described herein is in addion to any

other administrave or judicial acon the complainant may pursue.

For quesons, contact the director of community engagement, equity

and cultural proficiency, 410-809-6065, who also serves as the Title IX

Coordinator for Harford County Public Schools.

WELLNESS POLICY

The Board of Educaon is commied to maintaining school

environments that promote and protect student health by providing

appropriate nutrion educaon, physical educaon, a variety of healthy

food and beverages. The Wellness Policy is available online.

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PHONE DIRECTORY

Has your child encountered a problem at his/her school? First, call the teacher and/or principal. If the problem remains

unresolved, or, if you have other quesons, listed below are important phone numbers.

Harford County Public Schools Central Office: 410-838-7300 (local) * 1-866-588-4963 (Toll Free)

7-1-1 TTY for Hearing Impaired

Aberdeen Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-273-5510

Aberdeen High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-273-5500

Abingdon Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-3910

Alternave Educaon Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-273-5594

Bakerfield Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-273-5518

Bel Air Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4160

Bel Air Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4140

Bel Air High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4600

C. Milton Wright High School . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4110

Church Creek Elementary School . . . . . . . . . 410-273-5550

Churchville Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-3800

Darlington Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-3700

Deerfield Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-1535

Dublin Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..410-638-3703

Edgewood Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-1540

Edgewood Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-612-1518

Edgewood High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-1500

Emmorton Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-3920

Fallston Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4129

Fallston High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-4120

Forest Hill Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-4166

Forest Lakes Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-4262

Fountain Green Elementary School . . . . . . . .410-638-4220

George D. Lisby Elementary School . . . . . . . 410-273-5530

Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School . . . . . 410-273-5524

Harford Glen Outdoor Educaon Center . . . 410-638-3903

Harford Technical High School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-3804

Havre de Grace Elementary School . . . . . . . .410-939-6616

Havre de Grace Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . 410-939-6608

Havre de Grace High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-939-6600

Hickory Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4170

Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School . .410-638-4175

Human Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 410-588-5238

Jarresville Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . .410-692-7800

John Archer School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-3810

Joppatowne Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . 410-612-1546

Joppatowne High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-612-1510

Magnolia Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-1553

Magnolia Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-1525

Meadowvale Elementary School . . . . . . . . . 410-939-6622

Norrisville Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-692-7810

North Bend Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . .410-692-7815

North Harford Elementary School . . . . . . . . .410-638-3670

North Harford Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-3658

North Harford High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-3650

Office of Elementary School Performance. . . 410-588-5207

Office of Middle School Performance. . . . . . 410-588-5228

Office of High School Performance. . . . . . . . 410-588-5228

Paerson Mill Middle/High School . . . . . . . . 410-638-4640

Prospect Mill Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-3817

Psychological Services, Student Services . . . 410-588-5334

Aberdeen Office 410-273-5514

Bel Air Office 410-638-4143

Edgewood Office 410-612-1521

Fallston Office 410-638-4124

Havre de Grace Office 410-939-6612

Magnolia Office 410-612-1531

North Harford Office 410-638-3662

Paerson Mill Office 410-638-4215

Southampton Office 410-638-4153

Hickory Elem. (Child Find) 410-638-4386

Red Pump Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4252

Ring Factory Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . 410-638-4186

Riverside Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-612-1560

Roye-Williams Elementary School . . . . . . . .. 410-273-5536

Safety & Security Department . . . . . . . .. 410-638-4242

Special Educaon Department. . . . . . . . . . . .410-588-5246

Southampton Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4150

Transportaon Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-638-4092

William Paca Elementary School . . . . . . . . . . .410-612-2033

Old Post Road Elementary School . . . . . . . . .410-612-1566

William S. James Elementary School . . . . . . .410-638-3900

Youth’s Benefit Elementary School . . . . . . . . 410-638-4190

Volunteer Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your local school

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009

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2012

Kamden Punte * Grade K * William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary

notes

www.hcps.org


2012

August 1-31: Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

July 2012

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

29 30 31

September 2012

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

19 20

New Teachers

on Duty

21

New Teachers

on Duty

22

All Teachers

on Duty

23

All Teachers

on Duty

24

All Teachers

on Duty

25

First Quarter/ First

Semester Begins

26 27 28 29 30 31

Opening of

Schools for

Students

K-12

(Kindergarten will

follow gradual entrance

schedule)

Opening of

Schools

for Pre-K

Students

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Aug. 1: Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Chrisan); Lammas (Chrisan)

Aug. 6: Transfiguraon of the Lord (Orthodox Chrisan)

Aug. 14: Lailat al Kadr* (Islam)

Aug. 15: Assumpon of Virgin Mary (Catholic Chrisan); Dormion of the Theotokos (Orthodox Chrisan)

Aug. 19-21: Eid al Fitr* (Islam)

Aug. 29: Beheading of John the Bapst (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.

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2012

Nathan Chica * Grade 9 * Fallston High School

notes

www.hcps.org


2012

September 1-30: Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 15 - October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

August 2012 October 2012

S M T W T F S S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4 5 6

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

26 27 28 29 30 31

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

# LABOR DAY

Schools

& Offices

CLOSED

9 Grandparents’ Day

10 11

Patriot Day

12 13 14 15

Internaonal

Literacy Day

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

Mexican

Independence

Day

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

16

Mayflower Day

Internaonal

17 18 19 20 21 22

Day of Peace

First Day of

Autumn

# Rosh Hashanah

Schools CLOSED

Magnet Program Video &

Informaonal Presentaon

NHHS 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

# Yom Kippur

Schools CLOSED

Magnet Program Video &

Informaonal Presentaon

ABHS 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

30

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Sept. 1: Ecclesiascal Year begins (Orthodox Chrisan)

Sept. 8: Navity of Mary (Chrisan)

Sept. 14: Elevaon of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day (Chrisan)

Sept. 17-18: Rosh Hashanah* (Judaism)

Sept. 22: Equinox; Mabon (Wicca, Northern Hemisphere); Ostara (Wicca, Southern Hemisphere)

Sept. 26: Yom Kippur* (Judaism)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2012

Jade McDonnell * Grade 12 * Havre de Grace High School

notes

www.hcps.org


2012

October 1-31: Crime Prevenon Month, Czech Heritage Month, Italian American Heritage & Culture Month, Polish American Heritage Month

SUNDAY TUESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

Child Health Day

Video &

1 2 3 4 5 6

High School

Assessment -

Algebra

High School

Assessment -

English

High School

Assessment -

Biology

High School

Assessment -

Make-up for all

subjects

Naonal Metric Columbus Day/

7 Week (7-13) 8 9 10 11 12 13

Discoverers’ Day

Magnet Program

Informaonal

Presentaon HTHS

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

Fire Prevenon

Week (7-13)

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

Magnet Program Video &

Informaonal Presentaon

EDHS 6:30-8:30 p.m.

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Naonal

Naonal School Lunch

Week (15 - 19)

Naonal School

United Naons

21

Character

Red Ribbon

22 Bus Safety

23 24 25 26 27

Counts Week

(21-27)

Week (22 -26)

Week (23-31)

Day

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

# MD STATE

EDUCATION

ASSOCIATION

CONVENTION

Schools CLOSED

Administraon of

the Preliminary

Scholasc

Assessment Test

(PSAT)

Make a

Difference

Day

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

28 29 30 31

Natural Resources &

Agricultural Sciences at NHHS

Open House 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

September 2012

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

November 2012

S M T W T F S

1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

25 26 27 28 29 30

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Oct. 4: Saint Francis Day (Catholic Chrisan)

Oct. 1-7: Sukkot* (Judaism)

Oct. 8: Shemini Atzeret* (Judaism); Thanksgiving (Canada, Interfaith)

Oct. 20: Birth of the Bab* (Baha’i); Installaon of Scriptures as Gukru Granth - Sikh

Oct. 25: Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day* (Islam)

Oct. 28: Milvian Bridge Day (Chrisan); Reformaon Day (Protestant Chrisan)

Oct. 31: All Hallows Eve (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2012

Sara Young * Grade 7 * Havre de Grace Middle School

notes

www.hcps.org


2012

November 1-30: Naonal Nave American Heritage Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

October 2012

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

December 2012

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30 31

Second Quarter

First Quarter Ends

1 2 3

Global Studies/Internaonal

Baccalaureate Programme

Open House *- EDHS

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Daylight Savings

4 Time Ends 5 PROF. DEV. 6 7 Begins 8 9 10

Harford Technical High

School Open House 5:30 -

8:00 p.m.

Veterans Day

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

American Educaon

Week (11-17)

(NOTE: See your school

for daily schedule of

acvies.)

Naonal Family

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Week (18-24)

# TEACHER

Schools

CLOSED

for students

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

# General

Elecon Day

Schools &

Offices

CLOSED

Science & Mathemacs

Academy at ABHS Open

House 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

# TEACHER

PROF. DEV.

Schools

CLOSED

for students

Report Cards

Distributed

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

# THANKSGIVING

EVE

2-hour Early

Dismissal

# THANKSGIVING

Schools &

Offices

CLOSED

# THANKSGIVING

Schools &

Offices

CLOSED

25 26 27 28 29 30

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Nov. 1: All Saint’s Day (Chrisan); Samhain Beltane* (Wicca/Pagan; Northern and Southern hemispheres)

Nov. 2: All Soul’s Day (Catholic Chrisan)

Nov. 11-15: Deepavali (Hindu)

Nov. 15: Hijra New Year (Islam); Navity Fast (Orthodox Chrisan)

Nov. 21: Yule (Chrisan)

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day (Interfaith)

Nov. 25: Christ the King (Chrisan)

Nov. 26: Day of the Covenant* (Baha’i)

Nov. 30: Saint Andrew’s Day (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2012

Paige Quill * Grade 11 * C. Milton Wright High School

notes

www.hcps.org


SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

November 2012

S M T W T F S

1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

25 26 27 28 29 30

January 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

27 28 29 30 31

2012

Pearl Harbor Day

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

9 10 Human Rights Day

11 12 13 14 15

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

Bill of Rights Day

First Day of Winter

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

# CHRISTMAS EVE

Observance

Schools &

Offices CLOSED

# CHRISTMAS

Observance

Schools &

Offices CLOSED

# WINTER BREAK - SCHOOLS CLOSED

30 31

# WINTER

BREAK-

SCHOOLS

CLOSED

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Dec. 2: Advent (Chrisan)

Dec. 8: Rohatsu (Buddhist); Immaculate Concepon of Mary (Catholic Chrisan)

Dec. 9-16: Hanukkah* (Juddaism)

Dec. 25: Christmas* (Chrisan); Feast of the Navity (Orthodox Chrisan)

Dec. 26: Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrain)

Dec. 26 - Jan. 1: Kwanza

Dec. 28: Holy Innocents (Chrisan)

Dec. 30: Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Chrisan)

Dec. 31: Watch Night (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2013

Germarys Sanago Alverez * Grade 1 * Joppatowne Elementary

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

December 2012

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30 31

FRIDAY

1 2 3 4 5

# New Year’s Day

Observance

Schools &

Offices CLOSED

Schools Reopen

Aer Winter

Break

SATURDAY

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

High School

Assessment -

Algebra

High School

Assessment -

English

High School

Assessment -

Biology

High School

Assessment -

Government

First Semester/

13 14 15 16 17 18 Second Quarter

19

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

High School

Assessment -

Make-up for

Algebra

High School

Assessment -

Make-up for

English

High School

Assessment -

Make-up for Biology,

Government

20 21 22 23 24 Semester/Third

25 26

# MARTIN LUTHER

KING, JR.’S BIRTHDAY

Schools & Offices

CLOSED

# TEACHER PROF.

DEV.

Schools CLOSED

for students

#TEACHER PROF.

DEV.

Schools CLOSED

for students

Second

Quarter Begins

Ends

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

27 28 29 30 31

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

February 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Jan. 1: Mary, Mother of God(Catholic Chrisan); Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Chrisan); Gantan-sai, New Years (Shinto); Holy Name

of Jesus (Orthodox Chrisan)

Jan. 6: Epiphany (Chrisan); Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Chrisan); Dia de los Reyes (Chrisan); Navity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)

Jan. 7: Navity of Christ (Orthodox Chrisan)

Jan. 15: World Religion Day (Baha’i)

Jan. 17: Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Chrisan)

Jan. 18-25: Week of Prayer for Chrisan Unity (Chrisan)

Jan. 24: Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)

Jan. 25: Conversion of Saint Paul (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2013

Jackson Reed * Grade 4 * Abingdon Elementary School

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

February 1-28: Naonal African American History Month, Naonal Children’s Dental Health Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

January 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

27 28 29 30 31

March 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31

Naonal Freedom

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Day

Report Cards

Distributed

Groundhog Day

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

17 18 19 20 21 22 Washington’s

23

# PRESIDENTS

DAY

Schools &

Offices

CLOSED

George

Birthday

24 25 26 27 28

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Feb. 2: Candlemas (Chrisan); Presentaon of Christ in the Temple (Anglican Chrisan); Saint Brighid of Kildare (Celc Chrisan); Imbolc and

Sughassad* (Wicca/Pagan)

Feb. 10: Transfiguraon Sunday (Chrisan); Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

Feb. 12: Shrove Tuesday (Chrisan)

Feb. 13: Ash Wednesday - Lent begins through March 23 (Chrisan)

Feb. 14: Valennes Day (Chrisan); Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2013

Angela Wood * Grade 7 * Edgewood Middle School

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

March 1-31: NEA’s Read Across America, American Red Cross Month, Irish American Heritage Month, Music in Our Schools Month,

Naonal Middle Level Educaon Month, Naonal Nutrion Month, Social Work Month, Women’s History Month and Youth Art Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

February 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28

Naonal Foreign

April 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30

1 2

Internaonal

3 4 Language Week 5 6 7 8 Women’s Day 9

(4-10)

Naonal School

Breakfast

Week (4-8)

MSA Math & Reading Tesng Grades 3 - 8

Daylight Savings

10 Time

11 12 13 14 15 16

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

MSA Reading & Math Tesng

Grades 3 - 8

MSA Reading & Math Make-Up Tesng

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

17 18 19 20

First Day of Spring

21 22 23

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

MSA Reading & Math Make-Up Tesng

Third Quarter Ends

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Mar. 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Chrisan)

Mar. 19: St. Joseph’s Day (Chrisan)

Mar. 23: Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Chrisan)

Mar. 24: Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Chrisan)

Palm Sunday (Chrisan)

Mar. 25: Annunciaon of the Blessed Virgin (Chrisan)

Mar. 26-27: Pesach - Passover* (Judaism)

# GOOD FRIDAY

Schools &

Offices CLOSED

Mar. 28: Maunday Thursday (Chrisan); Hola Mohalla

(Sikh); Birth of the Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroastrian)

Mar. 29: Good Friday (Chrisan)

Mar. 31: Easter (Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more

information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.

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2013

Glenn Gamble * Grade 12 * Edgewood High School

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

April 1-30: Naonal Poetry Month

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

Fourth Quarter

1 2 * 3 * 4 Begins 5 6

# SPRING Break

Schools CLOSED

Schools Reopen

Aer Spring

Break

Report Cards

Distributed

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

MSA Science Test Admin. - Grades 5 - 8

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Naonal

Environmental

Educaon Week

Naonal

Library Week

(14-20)

Special Senior

Admin. High School

Assessment - Algebra

MSA Science Test Admin. - Grades 5 - 8

Special Senior

Admin. High School

Assessment - English

Special Senior

Admin. High School

Assessment - Biology

Special Senior

Admin. High School

Assessment -

Make-Up

21 22

Earth Day

Naonal Arbor

23 24 25 26 Day

27

Naonal

Volunteer/Public

School Volunteer

Week (21-27)

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

MSA Science Test Admin. - Grades 5 - 8

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

28 29 30

# TEACHER PROF.

DEV.

Schools CLOSED

for students

* *

# TEACHER PROF.

DEV.

Schools CLOSED

for students

March 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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May 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

26 27 28 29 30 31

*

Indicated Inclement Weather Make-up Day. For informaon on HCPS inclement weather policy, see page 5.

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Apr. 2: Pesach - Last two days* (Judaism)

Apr. 7: Yom HaSoah * (Judaism)

Apr. 11: Hindu New Year (Hindu)

Apr. 11-20: Ramayana (Hindu)

Apr. 15: Yom Ha’Atzmaut * (Judaism)

Apr. 21: First Day of Ridvan* (Baha’i)

Apr. 23: St. George Day (Chrisan)

Apr. 28: La B’ Omer* (Judaism)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2013

Clara Hohenberger * Grade 11 * Harford Technical High School

notes

www.hcps.org


May 1-31: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Beer Hearing and Speech Month, Naonal Physical Fitness

and Sports Month, Preservaon Month

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

April 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30

2013

June 2013

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30

1 Educaon & 2 3 4

Registraon of PreK/

Kindergarten students

Naonal Music

National School

5 Week (5-12) 6 Library Week 7 8 Nurse Day 9 10 11

Teacher

Appreciaon

Week (5-11)

Naonal

(8-14)

Naonal Physical

Sports Week (1-7)

Advanced Placement Exams

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

Advanced Placement Exams

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Armed Forces

Day

High School

Assessment -

Algebra

High School

Assessment -

English

High School

Assessment -

Biology

High School

Assessment -

Government

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

26 27

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

27 28 29 30 31

# MEMORIAL DAY

Schools & Offices

CLOSED

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

High School

Assessment -

Algebra

(Make-Up)

May 2: Naonal Day Prayer (Interfaith)

May 3: Holy Friday (Orthodox Chrisan)

May 5: Easter/Pascha (Orthodox Chrisan)

May 9: Ascension Day (Chrisan)

May 19: Pentecost (Chrisan)

May 26: Trinity Sunday (Chrisan)

May 30: Corpus Chris (Catholic Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.

NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.

High School

Assessment -

English

(Make-Up)

High School

Assessment -

Biology (Make-Up)

Commencement

Exercise - JAS


2013

Katrina Ngo * Grade 5 * Prospect Mill Elementary School

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

June 1-30: Great Outdoors Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month

May 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

26 27 28 29 30 31

July 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3 4 5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

Commencement

2 3 4 Exercises - 5 Exercises - 6 Exercises - 7 Exercises - 8

ABHS, BAHS &

EDHS

Commencement

NHHS, CMWHS

& JOHS

Commencement

FAHS, PMHS, &

HDHS

Commencement

Alt. Ed & HTHS

1

Administraon

of the Scholasc

Assessment Test

(SAT)

Schools close at end of

day for PreK students

Elementary Early

Dismissal: students

dismissed

2 1/2 hours early

Administraon

of the

American College

Test (ACT)

Second Semester/

9 10 11 Fourth Quarter Ends

12 13 14 Flag Day

15

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

First Day of

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Summer

LAST STUDENT DAY

LAST DAY FOR

TEACHERS

Report Cards

Distributed

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

June 5: Lailat al Miraj * (Islam)

June 7: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic)

June 13: Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Chrisan)

June 29: Saints Peter and Paul (Chrisan)

June 30: All Saints (Orthodox Chrisan)

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.

NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.

REMINDER

Inclement weather days/emergency system-wide closings cannot be

predicted. It is recommended that vacaons not be scheduled unl aer

June 17th to avoid scheduling conflicts.

NOTE: This calendar contains the potenal for 188 student days -- eight more than the

state minimum requirement of 180 days. If schools are closed eight days or more due

to emergency condions, weather related or otherwise, it may be necessary to alter

the school calendar. The calendar may be reduced if emergency days are not needed to

meet the state mandated minimum required days.

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g


2013

Zandro Calderon * Grade 10 * Aberdeen High School

notes

www.hcps.org


2013

June 1 - July 4 Fireworks Safety Month

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

1 2 3 4 5 6

# INDEPENDENCE

DAY

Schools & Offices

CLOSED

SATURDAY

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Board of Educaon

Public Meeng

A.A. Roberty Bldg.

6:30 p.m.

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

INTERFAITH HOLIDAYS

July 9: Ramadan begins * (Islam)

July 22: Asalhka Puja Day **(Buddhist)

July 24: Pioneer Day (Mormon Chrisan)

June 2013

S M T W T F S

1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

30

August 2013

S M T W T F S

1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

25 26 27 28 29 30 31

#Key events should not be scheduled.

*Holy Days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.

NOTE: For more information on interfaith holidays, visit www.interfaithcalendar.org.


2013-2014

August 2013

19M-20Tu

New Teachers on Duty

21W-23F

All Teachers on Duty

26M Opening of Schools for Students Grades K-12

28W

Opening of Schools for Pre-K Students

September 2013

2M

Labor Day - Schools & Offices Closed

5Th

Rosh Hashanah - Schools Closed

20F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

October 2013

18F

Maryland State Educaon Convenon - Schools Closed

25F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

31Th

Teacher Staff Development/Elementary Conference Day - Schools Closed for Students

November 2013

1F

Teacher Staff Development/Elementary Conference Day - Schools Closed for Students

15F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

27W

Thanksgiving Holiday - All Students Dismissed 2 Hours Early

28Th, 29F

Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools & Offices Closed

December 2013

13F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

23M

Winter Holiday- Schools Closed

24T

Christmas Eve- Schools & Offices Closed

25W

Christmas Day- Schools & Offices Closed

26Th - 31T

Winter Holidays - Schools Closed

January 2014

1W

New Year’s Day - Schools & Offices Closed

2Th

Schools Reopen Aer Winter Holidays

17F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

20M

Marn Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday - Schools & Offices Closed

21Tu, 22W

Teacher Staff Development Days - Schools Closed for Students

February 2014

14F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

17M

Presidents Day - Schools & Offices Closed

March 2014

21F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

April 2014

*14M-*15Tu

Teacher Staff Development Days - Schools Closed for Students

*16W, 17Th, 18F & 21M Spring Vacaon - Schools Closed

25F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

May 2014

16F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Elementary Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

26M

Memorial Day - Schools & Offices Closed

June 2014

5Th

Schools Close at the End of the Day for Pre-K Students

6F

Elementary Early Dismissal - Students Dismissed 2 ½ Hours Early

13F

Last Possible Student Day

18W

Last Possible Teacher Day

*Indicate potenal inclement weather make - up days for students: April 14th, 15th & 16th

REMINDER

Inclement weather days/emergency

system-wide closings cannot be

predicted. It is recommended that

vacaons not be scheduled unl

aer June 13th to avoid scheduling

conflicts.

NOTE: This calendar contains the potenal for 187 student days -- seven more than the state minimum requirement of 180 days. If schools are

closed seven days or more due to emergency condions, weather related or otherwise, it may be necessary to alter the school calendar. The

calendar may be reduced if emergency days are not needed to meet the state mandated minimum required days.

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