Keeping PACE

September 14, 2021

Information about Compensation for PACE Liaison Duties

Linked below are two (2) payroll forms that you should use to submit your PACE hours for payment. There is one form for Teachers to use and another form for Support Staff to use. Instructions on submitting your PACE hours for payment are also included.

These documents are saved in the PACE section of the Family & Community Partnerships SharePoint site for you to access in the future.

Handouts for Parents/Guardians

The Office of Family and Community Partnerships will be sending out the following handouts for parents to PACE staff:

Parent Advisory Council - Seeking Applicants

The Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Parent Advisory Council (PAC) provides input on ways to improve communication and parent engagement at the district and local school level and provides parent advocacy trainings to support student learning. PAC members are parents/caregivers who have at least one child in the school system. PAC meetings are facilitated by staff in the HCPS Family and Community Partnerships.

The PAC will be composed of a minimum of 20 parents. Each member will serve at least one two-year term and may not serve for more than two consecutive terms. To ensure broad representation, the applications from potential members will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including geographic location of residence, child’s grade level, and areas of interest and experience related to HCPS programs and services including, but not limited to, special education, gifted and talented, and ESOL. The goal for PAC membership is to be reflective of the HCPS student population racial and ethnic diversity of the student population.

PAC will meet eight times during the 2021–2022 school year. Members will be notified of the meeting location closer to the meeting date. Interpretation services will be provided as needed. The meetings will last approximately 90 minutes, beginning on Tuesday, October 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Follow-up meetings will be held in November 2021, January 2022, March 2022, and May 2022. Specific dates will be determined by the council.

More information will be available on the Parent Academy page on soon. This information will be sent via Blackboard Connect 5 email to all parents/guardians on Wednesday, September 15, at 9:00 a.m.

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2021–2022 PAC is September 24, 2021. Click here to apply today! Application forms are also available in local schools or by calling Family and Community Partnerships at 410-588-5263.

Please help us spread the word by encouraging the parents/caregivers in your community to apply!

Family Friendly School Award Program

We are so excited to share that for the month of September, every HCPS school was nominated at least once for the Family Friendly School award! Wow - that is awesome!!

There can only be one winning school a month. So, now through 11:59 p.m. this Friday, September 17, vote ONCE to let us know who the winner is. It’s in your hands! Rally your community to vote for your school here:

We can’t wait to announce the winning school for September later this month!

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Real Talks

Take a moment to watch the latest Real Talk featuring the 2021 Teacher of the Year finalists, or the 5x Stronger team, to get to know them a little better and hear what they have to say for a successful start to the new school year.

Please share this video link, as well as future Real Talk links, on your school's social media pages. Thank you!

Parent Academy Real Talk: 5x Stronger

Fall Parenting Academy Parent Workshop Information - Now Available on HCPS.ORG

Over the summer, we created a space on the Parent Academy page of to highlight our calendar of events and allow parents/caregivers to register for upcoming events. The calendar of events is not live on the website! Check it out here. We will continue to upload all workshops planned for the school year to this page on our website. Please encourage your school community to check back often and register for presentations/workshops that are of interest to them.

Office of Communications and Family Outreach

Keeping PACE editors:

Mary Beth Stapleton

Manager of Family and Community Partnerships

Lindsay Bilodeau

Communications Specialist