HCPS 411 Update
October 22, 2020
Updated Guidance From CDC: COVID-19 Close Contact Definition
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an expanded definition of who is considered a COVID-19 close contact. We continue to follow guidance from the CDC and work in partnership with the Harford County Health Department. The new definition is: Someone who was within six (6) feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two (2) days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
*Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of six (6) feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation.
Please note the significant difference is that now 15 minutes is measured cumulatively, rather than in one sustained time period.
Full guidance from the CDC may be found here.
For a printable version of the graphic included with this information, please click here.
Parent Academy Event: Successfully Navigating the New Learning Environment
In-Person Learning FAQ for Secondary Teachers
The Secondary Teacher FAQ was developed to respond to the most frequently asked questions we’ve received from middle and high school teachers across the system. It provides information on topics related to schedules, technology, COVID-19 protocols and other items related to teaching and learning in the hybrid model.
Communications Reminders for Teachers
Food and Nutrition Staff Appreciation
Mindfulness Virtual Conference by Learning Forward Maryland
Date And Time:
Saturday, November 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To puchase tickets, please click here.
Countywide Cultural Proficiency PD Reminder: Closes October 30, 2020
Professional Development Announcements
Goucher College – HCPS Information Meetings
Goucher’s Graduate Program in Education offers a wide range of opportunities for professional development, educational advancement, and teacher preparation. Goucher College will hold weekly information sessions for their graduate cohort program with HCPS. Please see the flier for more information.
Questions may be directed to Kim Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Event: Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
Get Your Flu Shot Without Leaving Your Car!
HCPS, in partnership with CVS, will be hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic. Events will be held on various days in school parking lots throughout the county. Employees and their families (ages 9+) are welcome to attend an event to receive their flu shot.
Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. To register, click on the school location and date you wish to attend.
CVS representatives will be wearing masks and proper PPE. Please be sure to bring your insurance card and identification with you. Flu shots will be billed to your insurance*.
Questions? Email the Benefits Office at email@example.com.
*HCPS medical plans cover flu shots at 100% with no member liability.
+Events will be held at the school location listed per the selected link although the provided address is for Central Office.
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Pre-Retirement Webinar
If you were not able to attend the October 3 HCPS pre-retirement webinar, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, through the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), is holding webinars for members who are within eight (8) years of retirement.
These webinars will cover the following topics:
- The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System,
- Legal Issues,
- Social Security and Benefits, and
- Financial Planning.
Webinars are scheduled for:
Thursday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1. Visit the website http://www.ccbcmd.edu/ceed-preretirement-county
2. Under the headline, How to Register, click the Register Online link.
3. Click the Select button next to the course titled "Pre-Retirement Webinar," towards the bottom of the screen.
4. Scroll back to the top of the screen to click on the button, Register for Selected Courses.
5. If you are not already logged in, you will be redirected to the login page.
a. If you have previously attended a Pre-Retirement Seminar or other class at CCBC, log in using your current username and password. Not sure what your username and password are? You can call CCBC at (443) 840-5059.
b. If this is your first Pre-Retirement Seminar, choose "New Account" on the right-hand side of the screen. Fill out your information (anything in red is required information) and choose Submit.
6. After you have registered for your seminar, choose "Finalize Selection" and print your confirmation. You should receive an email confirmation of your registration within three (3) business days.
As the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, through CCBC, schedules more webinar dates, those dates will also be posted in the weekly HCPS 411 Update for interested individuals. If you are unable to attend an event but are interested in learning more, a shorter presentation about the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is available on the Maryland State Retirement Agency website.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Miller, Coordinator of Benefits, at Elizabeth.Miller@hcps.org.
2020-2021 Responsible Use Procedure (RUP) Safe Schools November 2 Final Deadline
-Rachel Otremba, teacher, John Archer School
"We wanted to thank the Transportation Office, Ms. Bendis, Ms. Bedsaul, Ms. Dolan, and Ms. Levee, for their ongoing support to provide transportation for our nonpublic schools. It is has been an enormous task making adjustments as our schools' schedules have evolved since July. We appreciate everything that you have done to support our students."
-Vernon Crider and Megan Avampato, Teacher Specialist for Nonpublic Schools
Office of Communications and Family Outreach
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.