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Back to School resources

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We can't wait to see you for the first day of school on August 29.

Below you'll find a back-to-school checklist, information about laptops and hotspots, and where to find meals. Check back often because we'll continue to update this page. For more information or questions, please email engagement@bcps.k12.md.us or call 410-545-1870.

Online Back-to-School Packets

Handouts and Forms

Download and complete the fillable PDF back-to-school forms on this webpage. Once complete, contact the Community School Coordinator at your school and email the documents to them. The coordinators will share the forms with your school office.

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Review our Back to School Guide

Back to School Checklist

Get ready for the new school year by making sure you finish the list of tasks below. Be present on the first day of school and maintain good attendance throughout the school year. Good attendance means better grades and more achievement.

Attendance

Visit our attendance webpage to get informed about the rules for attending school in-person, and in a virtual environment.

Calendar

Check your schedule. Most schools start on August 29, but a few start on different dates. Visit the calendar page and scroll to the bottom to see if your school has an alternative date listed for the first day of school.

Pro tip: The calendar at the top of this page also lists districtwide events and important dates throughout the school year - like the end of each quarter and scheduled days off. Click on the "Subscribe to..." link underneath the calendar to merge the school schedule with your own calendar, so you'll never miss an event or update. 

Shots and Vaccinations

Get vaccination records from your doctor. All students are required to have certain immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots) to attend school. Visit the immunization page to download the Immunization Record Form and to find out more information about requirements. 

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The Baltimore City Health Department is also sharing a weekly schedule of COVID-19 clinics across the city. Visit its webpage for the weekly listing. 

Bell Times

We made adjustments to the bell schedules at some schools. Read our announcement and view the new times

Check the bell schedule and be there when it rings. Bell schedules are displayed at the top of each individual school profile page.

Some schools have different bell schedules depending on the grade of the student, so be sure to double-check the time of your opening and closing bell.

Transportation

Please contact your school to confirm the school year 2022-2023 address of students who receive curb-to-curb transportation service from Baltimore City Public Schools. Please visit https://www.mta.maryland.gov/transit or Google Maps in mid-August to plan commutes to and from school on MTA services. The fall MTA schedules are expected to be released in mid-August.

Childcare

Families are encouraged to make childcare plans early for school-aged children who need care outside of the school day. Consult with your student's school to inquire about childcare options at or near the school. Some funding may be available from the MSDE Child Care Scholarship Program for eligible families to assist with paying for childcare. For application assistance families may contact the Maryland Family Network at 877.261.0060 or visit money4childcare.com

Parent Portal

Be sure you're receiving phone calls, texts, and emails from your school by setting up a Parent Portal account.

Password Reset

For Google Classroom, students will need to log in. You will need your student ID number and a password. If you need to reset your password, please contact your teacher.

School Supply Lists

City Schools do not have general supply lists, as schools may have unique requirements. Schools will inform students of any necessary supplies at the start of the school year.

Athletics

Most school practices start on August 10. Please check with your local school for information on how to participate in any of the sports they offer this year. Be sure your child's sports physical is completed. Parents and guardians will need to upload all their student-athletes information and paperwork to Dragonfly. Click here to learn how to sign-up.  

All student-athletes must participate in the new “test-to-play” protocol for the 2022-2023 school year. They must engage in COVID screening testing in line with their school's testing schedule and "test to play" if exposed to COVID. Testing regularly keeps everyone safe and ensures the season is not disrupted.

Internet Access Options

All City Schools families are automatically qualified for a $30 monthly discount for home or mobile internet services, through the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Learn more here

 

Dentist visits at school

City Schools partners with Smile Maryland to offer in-school dental care for students. Go to www.myschooldentist.com to sign up your child today. Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in most cases, restorative care such as fillings. Dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and Maryland Healthy Smiles. A low-cost self-pay option is available for those without insurance.