HCPSS participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Parents/guardians must submit a new application every school year to maintain their student's eligibility. To apply, go to the HCPSS FARMs webpage.
HCPSS students and families can view menus and nutrition and allergen information for meals served in all HCPSS schools through the Nutrislice website and free smartphone app. Download the Nutrislice mobile app for iOS or Android.
Information on the HCPSS wellness policy and commitment to quality is available online.
Breakfast is free for students who qualify for free and reduced meals. Breakfast costs $2.00 for all other students.
Lunch is free for students who qualify for free and reduced meals. Lunch costs $2.80 for all other students.
HCPSS uses MySchoolBucks.com, an online meal payment system. This system allows families to easily manage student accounts and make payments online on personal computers and mobile devices.
Kathleen Wurstner- School Health Assistant
VACANT- School Nurse
Medication – Parents must provide a written authorization for any medicine to be administered during the school day. Students may not carry any medication unless ordered by an authorized prescriber and cleared by the School Nurse/Cluster Nurse. For additional medication procedures parents should contact the health room.
All medication should be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian. Students should not transport medication to and from school.
Notification of Illness/Injury - Students who are absent due to illness or injury, doctor appointments related to illness or injury, are required to produce a hand written note to excuse that child's absence on the day that they return to school. It is important to follow up with the Health Room Staff if your child has been hospitalized for any reason.
Fever Policy: Keep your child at home when ill or having a fever (100F or above).
Students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.
Communicable Diseases - Please notify the health room if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep, influenza, chicken pox, whooping cough (pertussis), etc. Information is confidential and only used to track for trends.
Head Lice - Head Lice is not a communicable disease. Please notify the health room if your child has been treated for head lice. Information is kept confidential and only used to track for trends.
The Howard County Public School System maintains information for other programs within Howard County. View programs
Maryland Family Network
Child Care is available to assist families in finding care for school aged children. Maryland Family Network's LOCATE: Child Care is a free and confidential service available to any parent seeking care for children of all ages. Parenting is a full-time job, BUT so is your full-time job.
LOCATE: Child Care 877.261.0060 or https://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/for-parents/locate-child-care
The school system does not carry medical insurance for accidents that occur at school, including non-sport related injuries, such as trips and falls, physical education injuries, and recess/playground injuries. Thus, parents are encouraged to enroll students in the accident insurance program offered through HCPSS.
The Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) is available for families, pregnant women, and children in need of medical insurance. Applications are available through the school health assistant or by contacting the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-7500.