HCPS 411 Update

August 20, 2020

Video of the Staff Town Hall Event

On August 18 we held a Live Town Hall event for all HCPS staff to discuss the Continuity of Learning Plan and the Learning Support Centers and answer questions. The event was recorded and is now available and linked below for those who were unable to watch live.
Staff Town Hall

Learning Support Center Assignments

Human Resources (HR) will begin the process of contacting employees who have been assigned to temporarily support the Learning Support Centers (LSC) on Monday, August 24. Additional communications will be forthcoming as remaining LSC staffing needs are identified in the coming days. HR continues to collaborate with school-based and central office leaders to identify and reassign employees to LSC duties as needed. Any affected employee will receive notice from HR explaining his/her change in work location and duties as soon as possible. Upon receiving an assignment to a LSC, anyone who believes he/she cannot perform this work must contact the Benefits Office at Benefits@hcps.org to explore options based on his/her individual circumstances.

Overview of Preschool Professional Learning Activities

The Office of Organizational Development is sharing an overview of details regarding the preschool professional learning activities for the week of August 31. We are excited for our teachers and staff to return for the 2020-2021 school year and look forward to our learning together.
Preschool Professional Learning Overview for Staff

New CareFirst Diabetes Virtual Care Program

CareFirst, along with Onduo, a leading diabetes management company, has launched a new Diabetes Virtual Care program. This program is designed to support people living with type 2 diabetes by providing access to experts and health tools through a mobile app – provided at no cost to eligible members. Eligible participants can receive certain diabetes monitoring devices at no cost and participate in private one-on-one virtual coaching. Participants will also have virtual access to an endocrinologist or certified diabetes educator, as needed, to receive personal recommendations and guidelines with managing symptoms, and who will coordinate care with your current treating physician.


CareFirst will be reaching out to eligible members with type 2 diabetes by email and home mailing between August 17 and August 28 to encourage those individuals to activate an Onduo account. Eligible members who receive communication from CareFrist and Onduo who activate their account will be eligible for a $20 Amazon gift card, which can be used towards the supplies needed to maintain their health. Questions about this program may be directed to CareFirst via the telephone number found on the back of your medical ID card.

Har-co Credit Union Offers Back to School Specials for All HCPS Employees

Har-co Credit Union is proud to share their 'Back to School Specials' for all HCPS employees.


  • You have big plans...Let Har-co help you get started with this loan offer.
  • Har-co will pay YOU up to $150 with this offer for new members only.

HCPS Responsible Use Procedure 2020-2021

The HCPS Responsible Use Procedure 2020-2021 has been moved to SafeSchools this year. Staff will receive notice via SafeSchools that you have been assigned this manual training to begin Monday, August 17. Staff must complete the RUP 2021 training by September 28.


Navigation through the training will follow this process:

  1. Scroll down to see the video or PDF. Videos may take a few seconds to load.
  2. Once you have watched the entire video, check the box.
  3. Click the Finish button to move to the next segment (there will be six short segments).
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SafeSchools Online Training

The Office of Risk Management has worked with the Office of Organizational Development to streamline SafeSchools training courses to be issued to all employees with an effective date of August 3 and a due date of September 28, 2020.


  • Mandated Course (All Employees): Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Mandated Course (School-Based Employees): Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting, Students Experiencing Homelessness, Youth Suicide Awareness, Sexual Misconduct: Staff to Student
  • Optional Course (All Employees): Coronavirus: Managing Stress and Anxiety


Employees may receive additional courses, such as Responsible Use Procedures, during this time or targeted courses specific to certain jobs. The Office of Risk Management will also continue to utilize SafeSchools to send out custom COVID-19 training for supervisors. In December, additional courses will be assigned, such a Health Emergencies and Service Animals. For SafeSchools questions, please contact Katie Ridgway at katie.ridgway@hcps.org.


Log on to SafeSchools using your HCPS network credentials:
https://hcps-md.safeschools.com/training/home.

Shout Outs!

"I would like to give a Shout Out to Mary Folus and everyone in the Payroll department. Any time I have a question or other inquiry, Mary and her team have been responsive, kind, and patient! I’ve definitely been a frequent name in their inboxes lately, and I want them to feel appreciated and recognized for their hard work. Thank you, Mary, Kim, Cindy, Mecca, & Tammy!"

-Ashley Bowley, Administrative Support Technician - Curriculum

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.