Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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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