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.
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.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to families for all HCPSS students throughout the 2021-2022 school year.
Costs below are provided in case a student wants to purchase an additional meal.
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.
For more information on the HCPSS wellness policy, and information on nutrition and allergens, please visit the Food Services site.
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.
Health room hours are 8am-3:30pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-313-5610 if you have any questions or new health concerns to discuss. The fax # is 410-313-1286.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CURRENT 6TH GRADE STUDENTS: The immunization requirements in Maryland have been updated to include 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and 1 dose of MCV4 (Meningitis) for students entering 7th grade. Again, this information is intended for students who are currently in 6th grade. Please do not wait to take care of this matter until your child is returning to school next August 2022 as a 7th grader. If we DO NOT receive proof of immunization, your child will be excluded from school on the first day of 7th grade. Please discuss this requirement with your child's physician if you have additional questions.
The Howard County Health Department will administer the annual Hearing and Vision screenings for all 8th grade students on Monday, January 3, 2022. Additionally, all students new to the state of Maryland will also be screened. An information letter will be sent home for your review. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the health room at 410-313-5610.
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 Megan Seaman (additional support nurse 2 days/week) at 410-313-5610.
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.