HCPS 411 Update

November 18, 2021

COVID-19 Status and Updates

The current COVID-19 transmission status for Harford County, as determined by the CDC, is “high.” To view the CDC Data Tracker, please visit: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. Please remain diligent in mask wearing, distancing whenever possible, staying home when sick, following quarantine guidance, and intentionally including COVID-19 mitigation measures in school activities. Any concerns about COVID-19 mitigation can be directed to COVID19Questions@hcps.org.

Other resources regarding HCPS COVID-19 safety protocols can be found both on hcps.org under COVID Resources and on SharePoint here.

Inclement Weather Operations 2021-2022

As the weather gets colder, we reminisce about “traditional” snow days from before COVID, and of course, think about virtual instruction that took place last year - even on snow days! As we wait for those first flakes to fall this year, we want to give our students and staff a quick update on how inclement weather will be addressed this year. Please take a moment to watch the video below.
Inclement Weather Operations 2021-2022
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**For a printer-friendly version of the infographic above, please click here.

Monthly Minute TEAMS Live Link - Rescheduled for December 6

This month's Monthly Minute with Dr. Bulson, originally scheduled for today, Thursday, November 18, has been rescheduled for Monday, December 6, from 12:15-12:30 p.m. Click here to join the LIVE event on December 6.

Upcoming Book Study: The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service

The Office of Organizational Development is pleased to share a special book study opportunity in December for any front-line customer service providers, especially school-based and Central Office administrative assistants. Sign up for The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service on HECTOR today, and your free book will be sent to you via courier. Mark your calendar: Live, virtual discussions will be held:
  • December 3, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
  • December 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
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Title IV Grant After School Program Paid Teaching Opportunity

HCPS Certificated Employees: Are you interested in developing aspiring student leaders?

The Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency is looking for passionate teachers to support virtual middle school after school program sessions with high school student tutors. The program is designed to support middle school students in developing social and emotional learning skills AND increasing academic engagement and achievement. The virtual after school program will tentatively start at the beginning of December.

For more information on the program, use the QR code or link below.

Staff Interest Form

The interest form will close on Wednesday, November 24. Please contact Meredith Heldt (meredith.heldt@hcps.org) with any questions.

Professional Development Annoucements

HCPS Spring 2022 CPD Course Offerings

The Spring 2022 Continuing Professional Development (CPD ) Course Catalog is now available. Registration for these MSDE credit courses is available on HECTOR. Register early for the best course selection.

HECTOR Directions

Need assistance with HECTOR?

  • Registering for courses
  • Checking Registration and History
  • Changing or Canceling Registration

Please see the Instructions for HECTOR.

Congratulations to This Month's Limelight Honorees!

Congratulations to the November honorees highlighted below! And thank you to this month's sponsor, APGFCU. In addition to their certificate and car magnet, these employees were gifted ear buds, and the lucky grand prize winner by random drawing, Elisa Martinez from John Archer School, won a $100 Visa gift card!
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Parent Academy Real Talk: Towson University in Northeastern Maryland

Please take a moment to hear from John Desmone, Executive Director of Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), about this local, high-quality higher education experience right here in Harford County.
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Littles University

For the families of our Littles University Scholars: Be sure to visit our partners at the Harford County Education Foundation (HCEF) to get your free copy of "Miss Nelson is Missing," by Harry Allard and join us online November 30 at 6:00 p.m. to hear the book read to us! Visit HCEF and get your free copy mailed directly to your house!
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Digital Library Access: A Partnership with Harford County Public Library

We have partnered with the Harford County Public Library (HCPL) to create a digital library card link, called HCPL Student Link, for every student in HCPS in grades Prekindergarten-12. Students may access the library's online resources by using their HCPS student ID number. Read more here:

Gratitude Challenge through BurnAlong

BurnAlong is hosting a month-long Gratitude Challenge that began on November 15, 2021. Focus on Gratitude this November with a new challenge from BurnAlong! Join others from HCPS and other organizations on a four week journey to discover the power of practicing gratitude and mindfulness in your every day life. To view November’s Wellness Calendar and learn more about this program and how to participate click here.

As a reminder, BurnAlong is our health and wellness partner who provides you and your family with access to 1,000’s of online classes from 1,000+ local instructors at no cost to you. To activate your complementary account, get started by visiting https://fit.burnalong.com/hcps. If you have any trouble accessing your account, contact customercare@burnalong.com.

Find out more about BurnAlong in this brief video.

CLICK HERE to watch this quick two-minute video to help get started with your online member portal.

CareFirst New Explanation of Benefits

Understand your care and costs

Mail you get from your health insurance provider shouldn’t be confusing. That’s the feedback CareFirst received on its Explanation of Benefits (EOB). They listened. And they made it better.

Following your next visit to a healthcare provider, you’ll receive the newly redesigned EOB. You’ll find it’s much simpler and easier to understand than before. Whenever you receive care, the new EOB layout will show you exactly how much you owe and what you saved as an HCPS CareFirst member.

Click here to take a look at the webpage CareFirst has designed with an example of the new EOB. If you have any questions email benefits@hcps.org.

The Season of Giving - Central Office Food and Coat Drives

The holiday season is a time of year many families are unable to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and gift giving due to financial hardship. From now through November 19, the HCPS Office of Title I will collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations. Nonperishables may be dropped off in the A. A. Roberty Building lobby Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monetary donations may be made at the A. A. Roberty Building in cash or check made out to Harford County Public Schools. Monetary donations can be made Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please ask for Pam Smith, HCPS Homeless Liaison, to deliver your monetary donation. All funds will be used to purchase food items for families in Harford County.

A winter coat and toy drive will run from November 1 through December 17, 2021. Coats and toys will be delivered to Harford County families for the holiday season. All coat sizes will be accepted. Toys should be unwrapped and can be for all ages. A box will be in the lobby of the A. A. Roberty Building for donations.

Shout Outs!

"Thank you to Randy Geyer and Kim Marine for recognizing National Educational Support Professionals day by ordering our whole school a taco bar and even serving them to make sure everything was done right!!"

-All of John Archer School

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Welcome to the HCPS Family!

Please help us welcome the following new HCPS employees:

  • Carla Amos, Check & Connect Grant Mentor, Special Education
  • Luke Bullis, Associate Software Developer, Technology
  • Antoinette Cofer-Hoefs, Administrative Support Technician, Human Resources
  • Colleen Conkey, Paraeducator, Harford Technical High School
  • Terrence Hill, Custodian I-Shift 2, Bel Air High School
  • Anna Wheaton, Special Educator, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School

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.