HCPS 411 Update

March 5, 2020

The Care You Need, Wherever You Are

When your primary care provider (PCP) isn’t available, CareFirst Video Visit allows you to securely connect with a doctor whenever and wherever you want on your smartphone, tablet or computer. It’s convenient and easy to use!


You may already know that you can use CareFirst Video Visit for treatment of non-emergency health issues. Now, you can schedule Video Visits for therapy and psychiatry services, diet and nutrition support, and breastfeeding support. The time is now to get the convenient care you want on your terms.

Register today at carefirstvideovisit.com

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

The Office of Student Services will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training to interested HCPS staff members. The training is designed to teach participants how to support and assist young people in the early stages of a developing mental health problem or those experiencing a mental health crisis.


Participants will learn about the prevalence of mental health problems among young people and examine “typical” adolescent development and its relation to mental health issues. Participants will also learn ways to approach, support, and refer young people believed to be at-risk for mental health issues or those who are experiencing a crisis.


This course is offered over two evenings. Attendees must be present both evenings in order to be recognized as a First Aider.


The class will be offered on Tuesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 19, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the media center at Norrisville Elementary School.


This is a paid opportunity for HCPS 10-month employees. To sign up for the class follow this link: https://www.hcps.org/registration/workshops/workshops.aspx?filter=1541. Questions regarding YMHFA should be directed to Christina Alton, Mental Health Specialist, at Christina.Alton@hcps.org or x6243.

Continuing Professional Development Announcement

Seats are still available for the Spring Teacher Leadership: Developing Skills for Success (1 credit) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course.


Please see the course catalog for details: CPD Course Catalog. Registration for these MSDE credit courses is available on HECTOR. Registration closes March 10. Questions should be directed to Lori Gohlinghorst at Lori.Gohlinghorst@hcps.org or by x5621.

National Nutrition Month is Celebrated in March

Now is the perfect time to assess and adjust your healthy living goals and behaviors. Whether you’re just trying to firm up, eat a more balanced diet, or lose weight, the results make a big impact on your overall health.


Click the links below for resources to help learn tips for:


Top Health Newsletter - March Issue

Click below for this month's full issue of the Top Health wellness newsletter from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

KEPRO Employee Assistance Program: Planning for Professional Growth

The March 2020 KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP) communication resources are here! Would you like to learn more about the four stages of professional careers and develop a self-assessment plan that can lead to career growth?


Monthly Online Seminar Title: Professional Development: Planning for Professional Growth

Description: Discuss the four stages of professional careers and get tools to develop a self-assessment plan that can lead to your career growth.

Date: Available on demand beginning March 17, 2020

Broadcast Length: 50 Minutes

How to Access: Go to your EAP web site: www.EAPHelpLink.com. Enter your code: HCPS, and look for Online Seminars in the lower right-hand corner of this homepage, or you can search for them by title.


Available anytime, any day, the EAP is a free, confidential program to help you balance your work, family, and personal life.


Call the EAP toll-free at 1-866-795-5701 or visit them online at www.EAPHelpLink.com.

Delta Dental: Eat Right for Your Teeth

Should you avoid sticky raisins? What are the best mouth-healthy dietary choices if you’re a vegetarian or watching your weight?


Celebrate National Nutrition Month this March by finding the answers to these questions and more.


Get a grocery list makeover

Kick off National Nutrition Month with a fridge and pantry makeover that’s great for your teeth.

>> Make over your shopping list


How about a cup of tea?

Green tea can do wonders for your oral health. Pour a cup and relax.

>> Discover the benefits of green tea


Is that food really your friend?

Some foods are your mouth’s enemy, promoting tooth decay. Others are on your side, fighting plaque and building healthy teeth and gums.

>> Learn what to eat and what to avoid


Strawberry-banana ice cream

Indulge your sweet tooth with this delicious treat. Fruity and crunchy, it satisfies your sugar cravings without added sugar.

>> Get the recipe


Healthy mouth, healthy you

Your dental health has a direct connection with your overall health. Learn more about the relationship between your mouth and the rest of your body.

>> Download the booklet


Nutrition and your teeth

Food is not just the fuel that keeps your body going — it can also support your oral health. Discover the do’s and don’ts of eating for your teeth.

>> Watch the video


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MetLife Retirewise Workshop Series

Join your colleagues for the relevant, practical, and straightforward award-winning Retirewise® workshop series. It doesn’t matter how much or how little planning you’ve done, or if your retirement is many years away; at the Retirewise workshops, there’s something for everyone to learn.


If you're just starting to think about your financial challenges then attending a workshop can help. Alternatively, if you already have a plan in place, then this is the perfect opportunity to confirm that you're on track. There's always something to learn.


Upcoming Workshops:


Location: North Harford High School

Session 1: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Session 2: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Location: Churchville Elementary School

Session 1: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Session 2: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Location: Patterson Mill High School

Session 1: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Session 2: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


If asked for company name, enter 'Harford County Public Schools.'


Reserve your spot


For complete dates, times and locations click here. If interested, you only need to choose from one of the available locations; the information presented at each location will be the same.


Register online now. Space may be limited.


Click here for a printable flier.

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin

The Special Education Department, as part of an effort to inform school leaders and faculty, will be highlighting each week one or more of the MSDE Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI-SES) Technical Assistance Bulletins.


This week we are sharing the guidance on Assistive Technology.


A full list of available DEI-SES Technical Assistance Bulletins are available on the MSDE website, located here.


Questions regarding this should be directed to any of the Coordinators for Special Education, at x5246.

Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to set any manual clocks ahead one hour.

Welcome to HCPS!

Please help us welcome the following new employees to our HCPS family:


  • Stephanie Schmid, Behavior Intervention Coach, Office of Student Services
  • Margaret Williams, Special Education Teacher, Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School
  • Casey Reil, Social Studies Teacher, Magnolia Middle 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.