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.
HSES has one full time school psychologist (Nancy Hammer, CAS, NCSP.) who will be working with Early Beginnings through 5th grade students. Services we offer include intervention strategies to address and/or prevent academic and behavioral difficulties. The School Psychologist also provides crisis intervention, consultation, collaboration, and coordination with staff, as well as individual/group counseling when necessary to assist in addressing a student’s lack of performance in school.
School Psychologists promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.
HSES has one full time counselor (Susan Castelbaum). Some of our programs offered this year include our award winning Character Education program, our preventative Bully-proofing initiative, Caught Being Your Best/Station Call Awards Monthly Assemblies, and DeBugging.
Our school counseling program integrates academic, career, and personal/social development and focuses on issues relevant to all students. Many of the counselor’s roles include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, collaboration, and coordination with staff, case management, guidance lessons, and program evaluation.
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.