Fall Meal Service Update
The food services program during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will consist of free Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at either meal time. Meals will be provided free of charge for all students, subject to USDA funding availability. Detailed information about meals for the 2020-21 school year are provided online.
For more information on the HCPSS wellness policy, and information on nutrition and allergens, please visit the Food Services site.
Kathleen Wurstner- School Health Assistant
Christina Toler - 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.