School Services

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Cradlerock Elementary School's school menu can be accessed through the LINQ Connect portal or mobile app. Families do not need a LINQ account to view menus, which are available to the public.

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.


Cradlerock Elementary School is part of the national Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program where students receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2023-2024 school year, regardless of family or household income.


Meal payments may be made via credit card using the LINQ Connect portal. On-site payments and prepayments may be made using cash or check. Parents/guardians will need to create an account to make online payments to their child’s meal account, monitor their child’s account, schedule automatic recurring payments, set up low balance alerts, submit a Free and Reduced Meals program application, and more.

Wellness and Quality Commitment

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

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 →