HCPS 411 Update

May 21, 2020

Weekly Video Message from Superintendent Bulson

Please take a moment to watch this week's video message from Dr. Bulson, also available on the HCPS YouTube channel.
May 21, 2020 Important Message from Superintendent Bulson

School Pick-Up and Drop-Off of Items

In his last message, Dr. Bulson shared that staff were working on a plan to return students personal items and collect HCPS items from students. Here are the windows for pick-up/drop off of personal/HCPS items at each grade level. Parents/guardians will receive additional information and details from their child's school, including their scheduled date and time for pick-up and/or drop-off.
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Parent Academy Virtual Real Talk: Thrive by Five

During this virtual Parent Academy Real Talk segment, Kathy Griffin, Coordinator of the HCPS Early Childhood Programs, shares online registration information and resources for parents on how to prepare their young children for school.
Parent Academy Virtual Real Talk: Thrive by Five

Professional Learning Support Resources for Working with Students with No Technology

The HCPS Professional Learning Work Group has created a document to identify helpful suggestions and considerations for working with students who have limited to no access to technology. HCPS teachers are thinking of creative and meaningful ways to stay connected and support all students. Use these ideas to enhance your own practices. The resource, A Teacher’s Guide to No-Tech Distance Learning, is posted to the What’s New section of the PD SharePoint site.

National Board Scholarship Applications Now Available

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) seeks to elevate the status, voice, and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. Through a rigorous certification process, teachers may achieve certification in 26 areas, which represent all contents. HCPS is pleased to announce that it’s time for teachers to apply for the National Board scholarship, which will fund most of the cost of the certification process. The only cost to teachers will be a $75 processing fee for each year they attempt to certify. Click here to apply for the National Board Scholarship. All applications are due May 27, 2020. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Jacqueline Tarbert, in Professional Development & Curriculum, at Jacqueline.Tarbert@hcps.org

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) experience for implementing Continuity of Learning Plan

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has approved a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) experience for identified staff, including classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, and supervisors currently employed in a position in which they are required to hold a MSDE educators certificate. (Available only to educators required to hold a certificate per COMAR 13A.12.01.03B.) Educators may earn up to six (6) MSDE CPD credits for having implemented the HCPS Continuity of Learning Plan.


We are asking those interested to register on HECTOR by Monday, June 1, 2020. There will be no registration extensions. Registration does not guarantee credit. Please see here for registration instructions. This follows the process we use for SPA credit. There is no additional work to complete – this is not a course. Principals and assistant principals are eligible for the credit. Once the registration window closes, the Professional Development Office will reach out to the principal to verify the list of names on the registration, again similar to SPA credit. The Certification Office will verify the required reading credit and any other qualifying detail before this credit is awarded.


Question or concerns please email HCPSProfessionallearning@hcps.org.

Open Enrollment CLOSES Tomorrow, May 22, at 11:59 p.m.

Open enrollment will close tomorrow, Friday, May 22, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. If you wish to keep your health, dental, and life insurance benefit elections as-is, you do not need to take any action at this time.


If you want to put money into a flexible spending account for the 2020 – 2021 plan year, you must log into your account at www.hcps.benelogic.com and make your election by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.


Those who do not have access to the internet may call Benelogic at 844-796-4086 to complete their enrollment over the phone.


No open enrollment elections can occur after May 22, 2020.


You may view the open enrollment presentation on the Human Resources page of the HCPS website to learn more about the benefits package.


If you are adding any new dependents to your health or dental coverage for the 2020 - 2021 plan year, you will need to submit the Dependent Verification Form and required documentation to the Benefits Office by June 15. Failure to provide proper documentation will result in your dependent not being added to the coverage.


To log into your account through Benelogic to enroll in, waive, or make changes to your elections:


1. Using a computer with the internet, visit www.hcps.benelogic.com.

2. Enter your User ID, which is your HCPS 5 digit Employee ID number.

3. Enter your password. If you do not know your password, click on the “Forgot User ID/Password” link for further assistance.

4. Click the orange “Sign In” button.

5. To start your enrollment, click on the large green “GO” arrow.

6. Once you have reached the end, be sure to click the Submit button to finalize your enrollment.

7. Print a copy of the Enrollment Summary for your records.


Don’t have access to a computer? Call the Benelogic at 844-796-4086 to complete your enrollment over the phone.


Questions? Contact the Benefits Office by email at benefits@hcps.org.

Important Health Care Flexible Spending Account Announcement

As part of the CARES Act, which was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants of the health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) may now use account funds to pay for over-the-counter medications. Medications like Tylenol®, Zyrtec®, and more will now be available for purchase with your FSA monies without a prescription. The CARES Act temporarily reverses the provision that required FSA users to obtain a prescription for over-the-counter medicines retroactively back to purchases between the period of January 2020 and December 31, 2020.


If you have receipts for over-the-counter medications that you have purchased since January 2020, you may submit those for reimbursement from your health care FSA account by completing the Medical Reimbursement Claim Form, which can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Offices by email at benefits@hcps.org.

2020-2021 Payroll Calendar

The 2020-2021 Payroll Calendar is now available on SharePoint. Please click Here to view the calendar online or to print a copy. For questions regarding this information, please contact Mary Folus at Mary.Folus@hcps.org or 410-588-5241.

Instructional Technology Webinars

The Instructional Technology Team is hosting a series of webinars to support teachers in their use of technology. A schedule can be found on the Spring 2020 Professional Learning site. Webinar titles are listed on the linked calendar and, by clicking on a title, you will see a description as well as the Teams link to join the webinar. Webinars will be recorded, and videos shared to the Instructional Technology Professional Development SharePoint Site.

Shout Out!

HCPS Nurses are still on the job! School nurses are adding to school websites and creating newsletters to help engage our families. Nurses are reaching out to our students with chronic health care needs and helping families enroll in the Maryland’s Children Health Insurance Program (MCHIP), if needed. Additionally, nurses are helping out in other locations too. Here are just some of our hometown heroes: Ana Jakse, Susan Gardner Seitz, and Emily Mohr are helping out at Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation, Barbara Polack is at Maryland Medical Reserve Corp, and Tammi Shiles is at Clorox. And all of our nurses are involved in writing new protocols and manuals to add to our program next year. We miss our students!

Office of Communications and Family Outreach

Editor: Lindsay Bilodeau, communications specialist


To submit an HCPS Shout Out or recognize a colleague in the Spotlight on Customer Service, please email the information and photo (if available) to HCPS.411@hcps.org.