Update Your Family File

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:17pm

We hope that you've had a relaxing and safe summer break so far. We are less than a month away from the 2020-2021 school year, and are looking forward to another amazing year!

It is time to update your student’s 2020-2021 emergency information using the Family File. It is mandatory that all families, including returning families, verify or update their information for each student - every school year.

Please Note: Although schools remain virtual through 1/28/21, it is important that we have up-to-date emergency contact information for each student, in the event that our staff need to communicate directly with our families.

You can access the Family File by logging in to the HCPSS Connect at www.hcpss.org/connect/. Parents who are new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to activate an account. Once you have logged into the HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab on the left-hand side, and then select the blue underlined "Family File" towards the center of your screen. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the following information:

  • Student Information
  • Parent/guardian Contact Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Media Release (photo approval)
  • Data Confidentiality
  • PTA/PTSA Directory

Please note, if the section you are looking at is not allowing you to move forward, then there is a question/checkbox on that page that may still need to be addressed. Please make sure to read the prompts at the top of each tab, and click to expand each section.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page.

If a parent completed the Family File prior to August 10th, the information entered will be attached to the 2019-2020 school year and the Family File will be considered incomplete. In addition, a change of address may not be made through the Family File. If your address has changed, please contact deborah_dwyer@hcpss.org.