School Services

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs)

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.

Wellness and Quality

Information on the HCPSS wellness policy and commitment to quality is available online.


Breakfast is free for all students attending Title I schools.

Lunch is free for students who qualify for free and reduced meals. Lunch costs $2.80 for all other students.


HCPSS uses, an online meal payment system. This system allows families to easily manage student accounts and make payments online on personal computers and mobile devices.

Health Room

Phone Numbers

  • 410-313-7608
  • 410-290-6354 (fax)

This year, in additional to monitoring student attendance, schools are being asked to collect more information about the student illness. As part of the Health Department's tracking of Influenza like Illness in Howard County, schools are required to report numbers of student illness and symptoms.  

If your child is absent from school because of illness, please contact the school on the first day of the absence and provide the following information:

  • Your child's name.
  • The date.
  • Symptoms of influenza like illness:  i.e. 100° F or greater, cough sore throat.

To report absences, use one of the following options:

Online School Purchases (OSP)

The HCPSS Online School Payment (OSP) website is where parents are able to pay for student school activities and fees by debit or credit card online using a secrue web browser at their convenience, 24 hours a day.   Please note that OSMS, Inc. charges a 4% handling fee for online purchases.

Cradlerock Elementary School will be accepting online payments

  • Field Trips
  • Yearbooks

OSP website:  Cradlerock Elementary School 

Before and After School Care

Please click on the link below to see a list of Before and After Care Programs that serve the Cradlerock Community. Please contact the center directly. 

Before and After Care 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 →