Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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.


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.


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. 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


I wish your child and you a

successful 2012-2013 school



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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