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.


NOTE: For the 2021-22 school year, all meals are free.
The Howard County Public School System recently transitioned to a new online meal payment system, This website allows families to easily manage student accounts and make payments online on personal computers and mobile devices.


Elementary Student Breakfast

Elementary 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.

Health Room

Health Room Direct Line  410-313-5609

School Health Protocols/Procedures

  • Medication – Parents must provide a written authorization for any medicine to be administered during the school day.  Students may not carry any medication unless ordered by an authorized prescriber and cleared by the School Nurse/Cluster Nurse. For additional medication procedures parents should contact the health room.  
  • All medication should be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian.  Students should not transport medication to and from school.
  • Notification of Illness/Injury - Students who are absent due to illness or injury, doctor appointments related to illness or injury, are required to produce a hand written note to excuse that child's absence on the day that they return to school.  It is important to follow up with the Health Room Staff if your child has been hospitalized for any reason.
  • Fever Policy: Keep your child at home when ill or having a fever (100F or above). 
    • Students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.  
  • Communicable Diseases - Please notify the health room if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep, influenza, chicken pox, whooping cough (pertussis), etc.  Information is confidential and only used to track for trends.
  • Head Lice - Head Lice is not a communicable disease. Please notify the health room if your child has been treated for head lice.  Information is kept confidential and only used to track for trends.

School registration requirements: Immunizations, Maryland Physical Exam, and other Healthcare Forms for Enrollment


Before and After School Care

The Columbia Association operates the Before & After School Care program at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.  For information about the program, please visit the Columbia Association Before & After School Care website.  

The Howard County Public School System maintains information for other programs within Howard County.  View programs 

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 →