HCPS 411 Update
February 25, 2021
Good to Great Moment
HCPS Announces Littles University
Keeping PACE - A New Video Series by the Parent Academy
Stay tuned… the first video in the series will be released in next week’s HCPS 411 Update!
HCPS COVID-19 Testing Program
All schools and Central Office will have capabilities for COVID-19 testing by March 1, 2021. A COVID-19 testing program will reduce the number of students and staff needing to quarantine and decrease disruptions. Students and employees who develop symptoms in a school day will be given the option of a Rapid Antigen Test performed by a HCPS nurse under the direction of the health department. To view a graphic with this information, please click here. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Mary Nasuta, in Health Services, at Mary.Nasuta@hcps.org or x5361.
Return to In-Person Learning March 2021
NEW Report COVID-19 PPE/Protocol Concerns Tool
With the district’s return to in-person learning plan, all employees are reminded to adhere to the published Employee Health and Safety Guidelines. HCPS is committed to providing employees with adequate PPE and sanitization supplies. Employees are obligated to report any health and safety concerns to the appropriate supervisor or principal to address in a reasonable amount of time. After a report has been made and a reasonable amount of time has passed without response from the supervisor or principal, the employee can utilize the new Report COVID19 PPE/Protocol Concerns tool to request follow-up for reported concerns.
Questions regarding this information should be directed to BangTam Miller, in Human Resources, at BangTam.Miller@hcps.org or x5226.
PPE Items in the Distribution Center Inventory
Starting March 1, 2021, schools will be able to order PPE items through the Lawson Requisition Center (RQC). Items available for purchase include: Non-Latex Gloves (Medium and Large ONLY), Disposable Face Masks (children, adult), Disinfectant Wipes, Hand Sanitizer (gallon, individual) and Face Shields (adult). To obtain inventory numbers, please use the Distribution Center Catalog by clicking DC Catalog_2021.pdf. For instruction on how to purchase items through the Requisition Center, please click Purchasing Consolidated Instructions.docx.
Technical questions should be directed to Dave Williams, Purchasing Specialist - Information Systems, at David.T.Williams@hcps.org.
Any other questions should be directed to Purchasing@hcps.org.
Department of Labor Unemployment Fraud Claims Alert
As you may be aware from local news broadcasts, Maryland’s unemployment claims and fraud claims are at an all time high during the pandemic. Please be assured that Human Resources staff are actively monitoring each claim and notifying affected employees if we have reason to believe the claim was fraudulent. In the event a fraudulent claim is identified, the employee will receive an email communication from Debbie Cannon or BangTam Miller with details and next steps. Please be aware that Debbie Cannon, former Compliance Specialist, is working for HCPS to handle unemployment cases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February's Mental Health Minute
Take a moment to watch February's Mental Health Minute.
HCPS has blocked student access to Padlet after a recent security risk. HCPS is actively taking steps necessary to protect students to the fullest extent possible. Therefore, student Padlet accounts will remain disabled and Padlet will remain blocked to all HCPS students until further notice. Application alerts on https://start.hcps.org will continue to be updated as information is available.
The Office of Organizational Development encourages teachers to use the following resources if they need to download or transition instructional materials from Padlet into itslearning:
Questions about this information should be directed to Martha Barwick at email@example.com.
Hybrid Learning Strategies Webinars
Various sessions with a specific elementary and secondary focus on hybrid learning strategies will be offered to teachers throughout Friday mornings on February 26, March 5 and March 12. Sessions will support educators as they prepare for learning and teaching in a hybrid environment. These sessions will incorporate strategies that highlight collaboration, communication, assessment, and engagement.
- Who: All Teachers and Instructional Staff
- What: Hybrid Learning Strategies Webinars
- When: Fridays Until March 12
Friday, February 26, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Register in Hector for your session.
March 5 Professional Learning Reminder
March 5, 2021, is a 3-hour early dismissal day for students. Just as a reminder, each Content or Related Service office will offer a one-hour, optional, synchronous Office Hour to their teachers, counselors, educational support personnel, social workers, psychologists, and/or related service providers. Instructional staff may join the Office Hour for informal networking, support, and Q&A. The comprehensive list of times and links are here: Chart for March 5 Office Hours.pdf The remaining professional learning time may be directed by your school(s). Modules 5 and 6 of the Digital Teaching and Learning course in itslearning remain open and available for review.
Questions about this information should be directed to Jacqueline Tarbert, in the Office of Organizational Development, at Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org or to Heather Kutcher, also in the Office of Organizational Development, at email@example.com.
PARAPRO Assessment Opportunities – March 5, 2021
With principal approval, the ParaPro Assessment will be available to all HCPS employees seeking to meet the highly qualified requirements of paraeducator positions in Harford County, which permits an individual to work with students in the classrooms under the direction of the teacher.
The test measures skills and knowledge in reading, math, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. Test administration is scheduled for March 5, 2021. The test will be from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at C. Milton Wright High School (located at 1301 North Fountain Green Road, Bel Air, MD 21015). Please sign-up and pay for the assessment on HECTOR.
Additional information related to the test, procedures for reimbursement, test prep/review and the MD passing score requirements are also available on the HR site: HERE.
Questions regarding this information should be directed to Pauline Timmons, in Special Education, at Pauline.Timmons@hcps.org or 410-588-5246.
Limited Seats Still Available for the University of Maryland Innovative Virtual Teaching Network Academy
HCPS has a very limited number of seats still available for teachers, educational support personnel, and teacher specialists to join the University of Maryland’s Innovative Virtual Teaching Network Academy. The Academy provides access to monthly webinars on topics related to virtual and hybrid teaching as well as opportunities to network with educators across the state.
Instructional staff may indicate interest via the University of Maryland Academy Interest Form by March 1, 2021.
More detailed information can be accessed on the HCPS Professional Learning SharePoint Site.
Questions can be directed to Heather Kutcher, Office of Organizational Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism Honors Joppatowne High School Principal Pamela Zeigler
Congratulations to Principal Pam Zeigler of Joppatowne High School for being recognized by the Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism for being a remarkable educator and champion for children for more than 30 years. The Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism notes that Ms. Zeigler empowers her students at Joppatowne High by rising up however they need. You can watch a special message from Ms. Zeigler herself that has been shared by the Governor’s office on their Facebook and Twitter feeds; we’ve also shared them on HCPS social media platforms and encourage you to join us in giving Ms. Zeigler our heartfelt congratulations and thanks!
AVAILABLE NOW: BurnAlong Virtual Fitness Platform
Employees can sign-up for a *free* account through BurnAlong, an online on-demand fitness platform. Harford County Public Schools, in partnership with CareFirst, is happy to provide employees with access to BurnAlong.
What is BurnAlong? They are an online health, wellness, and fitness class platform to help you stay motivated and focus on your well-being. BurnAlong provides classes from 100's of instructors spanning 40+ categories.
Best Part? This service is available to all part-time and full-time employees at no cost, thanks to CareFirst! Also, each participant receives up to four (4) free accounts for family and friends so that you can work out at home separately, but together.
To set up your account, go to fit.burnalong.com/hcps. If you experience any trouble registering your account, you may email email@example.com for assistance.
Have You Discovered Your RealAge®?
Harford County Public Schools’ has a new wellness program available for ALL HCPS employees, in partnership with CareFirst powered by Sharecare.
This program helps connect you to personalized information, support, and resources to help you live your healthiest life. If you haven’t already, get started by taking the RealAge health assessment. You will learn the physical age of your body and identify which habits may be helping you stay younger or making you age faster.
This program provides a wealth of tools and resources, as well as easy-to-understand recommendations and insight that reflect your individual interests and needs – all tailored to help you live your healthiest life. Available through the program: RealAge Test, Personalized timeline, Trackers, Challenges, Health Profile and Health Coaching, Weight Management Programs, and Financial well-being.
Sharecare, Inc. is an independent company that provide health improvement management services to HCPS employees.
Your Employee Assistance Program
More Than Therapy
Did you know your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), powered through KEPRO, provides 24 hour a day access seven (7) days a week to a variety of services?
Employees of HCPS have access to a variety of services through the EAP at no cost to them:
- Family Caregiving Services: Referrals and information on a variety of related matters
- Legal Services: 30-minute phone or in-person consultation to answer basic legal questions and simply the process of obtaining legal help.
- Financial Services: Telephonic consultation with a qualified financial consultant.
- Convenience Services: Complimentary referrals to convenience services to help members make the most of their money and free time. Let KEPRO help do the planning and research for you giving you more time to do other things like spending time with your family.
A full list of a summary of services can be found by clicking here.
For more information about your EAP through KEPRO, please contact them by phone at (866) 795-5701, or online at www.EAPhelplink.com – company code: HCPS.
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- Jessica Knopp, Grounds/Building Maintenance, Facilities
- Charlotte Florentine, School Nurse, Youth's Benefit Elementary School
- Colleen Burkhouse, Inclusion Helper, Edgewood Middle School
- Trisha Grubb, Paraeducator, North Bend Elementary School
- Matthew Peterson, Computer Support Technician, Central Office
Harford County's New Discovery Center
Supporting our Elderly Community with Registering for the COVID-19 Vaccine
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.