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 $3.30 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.
Immunizations are required by state law to attend school, including virtually, and are vital for children’s overall health and wellness. To help Howard County students obtain the necessary immunizations, HCPSS Health Services continues to partner with the Howard County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer several immunization clinics for any student who may need them. Multiple vaccines will be offered at the clinics at no cost to families. Upon registration, parents will be able to choose which vaccines their child needs. For detailed information on locations and registration please click here.
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 must 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.
If you have questions, please contact our Nurse, Cindy Lazzari. Thank you very much for helping keep all our students healthy!
This is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs." Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your children's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all. For this reason, we ask you to please:
Call the school nurse to let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, or the flu etc.
Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school. (Ear and sinus infections, while often a reason for keeping a child home, are usually not contagious.)
Keep your child home if he/she has a fever of over 100.0.
A fever indicates that your child has an infection that could be passed to other students. If you give your child Motrin or Tylenol, the fever will, of course, disappear but he/she will still be contagious to others. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school!
Have your children wash their hands properly after using the restrooms and prior to eating.
If the doctor prescribes medication for your child, please make sure he/she takes it as directed-which means the right amount at the right time and without missing doses.
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 →
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.