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.
Prices : Middle Student Breakfast
$2.00 – Breakfast
$0.30 – Reduced Price Breakfast (Apply for Reduced Price Meals)
Prices : Middle Student Lunch
$3.25 – Middle School Lunch
$0.40 – Reduced Price Lunch (Apply for Reduced Price Meals)
$0.50 – Milk (1/2 pint)
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.
It is a MD State law that all children entering 7th grade have 2 additional immunizations (Tdap and MCV4) before September 5, 2017. If your child has received the vaccines PLEASE bring a copy into the Health Room, or fax it to us at (410) 313-2845. Failure to provide proof of updated immunizations or proof of a scheduled appointment within 20 calendar days from the ﬁrst day of school (September 5, 2017) will result in your student being excluded from school. If you have questions, please contact our Health Assistant, Tonya Barksdale.
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.
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 was 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.
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.