School Services

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

School Menus

HCPSS students and their families can now view menus and nutrition and allergen information for meals served in all HCPSS schools through Nutrislice, a website and free smartphone app.

This upgrade to school menus benefits school health professionals and parents who can easily access nutritional information and make informed choices for their child’s nutrition.

Download the Nutrislice mobile app for iOS or Android.

Payment

The Howard County Public School System recently transitioned to a new online meal payment system, MySchoolBucks.com. This website allows families to easily manage student accounts and make payments online on personal computers and mobile devices.

Prices

Middle Student Breakfast

Middle Student Lunch

Meals purchased without a PIN incur an additional charge – $0.30 for breakfast and $0.60 for lunch. View prices for adult meals.

Nutrition

For more information on the HCPSS wellness policy, and information on nutrition and allergens, please visit the Food Services site.

Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs)

Howard County Public School System’s Food & NutritionService Department is very pleased to announce that they are the first school system in Maryland to be able to offer an Online Processing System for Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications. This new addition to the website will allow parents privacy in completing the application and receiving notification of status. There will also be help in the schools for families who want to use the system but need help with the computer or language assistance. 

The online application is divided into sections. Each section must be completed with the requested data before the applicant is allowed to move to the next screen. No more receiving returned applications because they are incomplete or the family missed a line. It should be very helpful to the person filling out the application.

The school system currently uses this software to scan the applications they receive through the US mail or from the schools. Parents can continue to complete the paper application and submit it for processing. This new process allows families direct access to the scanning system in complete privacy. Given the current economic downturn this should be very helpful to families. 

 

Student Services (Guidance) Office

Health Room

Summer Hours

The Health Room is closed for the summer, but will reopen August 24th to accept medications for 2017-2018 school year. The Health Room will not be staffed at certain times that week, so please call ahead to make sure someone will be there. All medication orders must be filled out and dated after July 1st, per Howard County Public School System policy. Please contact Lee Ann Pazulski, RN at leeann_pazulski@hcpss.org if you have any questions or new health concerns to discuss.

New Immunization Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year

ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURRENT 6TH GRADERS:

**IMPORTANT – NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS**

          Effective the first day of school, 2017-2018, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be required by the state of Maryland for all students entering Grade 7.  If we DO NOT receive proof of immunization, your child will be excluded from school.  Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor and send/fax an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to the Health Room.  Our fax # is (410) 313-1286.

Visit here for the flyer of important clinic dates at the health department regarding these vaccines.

Our Health Room Needs Your Help! Cell Phone Policy as it relates to Sick Students

Students who become ill while at school must come to the health room to be evaluated.  Please discuss with your student that he/she should not use his/her cell phone to call/text parents for pick-up during the school day.  Students who feel ill should report directly to the health room and parents will be contacted, as needed, once students are seen by our nurse.  

If your child calls/texts you during the school day, please tell him/her to go to the health room and the staff will contact you directly. Thank you so much for your attention to this matter and for working with us to keep your child healthy and safe.

if you have any questions, please contact Lee Ann Pazulski, RN (Cluster Nurse) or Donna George (Health Assistant) at 410-313-5610.

 

Accident and Medical Insurance

Accident Insurance

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.

Learn more about how to obtain accident insurance →

Medical Insurance

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.

Find out more about qualifying for MCHIP →