School begins promptly at 8 am. Students will line up by numbered homerooms on the greentop. Depending on the grade, your child should enter school as follows:
- PreK – line up by the PreK classroom doors on the courtyard
- K-4 – line up on the greentop behind the homeroom teacher’s number and enter through the stairwell entrance by main office. (Note: “The Wall” will be closed to goodbyes for now due to line crossing and congestion.)
- 5-8 – gather in front of the building, north of the ramp and enter through the Eastern and Linwood stairwell doors.
K-3 Pickup Procedures
Parents of K-3 students will be asked to not enter the greetop until all K-3 students are lined up by 2:45 pm at the latest. Once all K-3 students come out and line up, please enter the greentop from the Linwood Street sidewalk entrance or the playground entrance, pick up your child, and exit through our courtyard by the front doors back up to the Linwood sidewalk. Entering and exiting the greentop will be a one-way thing. We expect this procedure will keep all kids and teachers safe while getting you in and out quickly with your child. Please do not call your child to come over to you early. Wait on the signal from our staff that it is time to walk and pick up your child from their teacher. HHA’s expectation is that all K-3 students will be lined up by 2:45 pm at the latest. As soon as they are lined up, we will release parents to pick up. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
Fourth grade students are dismissed directly outside from the stairwell door by the main office. They are not passed off directly to parents as in the case of PreK – 3 students. Please make certain your child knows where and when he/she will be picked up after school. If your child walks, he/she should go directly home at dismissal. Please note that unless there is an emergency, the office will not sign out students from 2:20 pm until 2:40 pm. Parents arriving early for pickup should let their children finish the school day.
Delayed Opening/Early Closing
When schools open on a delayed schedule, such as one-hour late or two-hours late, breakfast is not provided for the children at HHA. This is BCPSS policy. When an announcement is made on television or the radio stating, “Baltimore City Schools will open (1 or 2) hour(s) late with no morning Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten,” that means schools are opening late with no breakfast program. HHA Prek and kindergarten students DO report to school because we have all day Prek and kindergarten. Remember, if school is open, we are teaching and students are learning.
Schools will open only if the BCPSS believes students and staff will be able to travel safely to their destinations. If weather conditions worsen during the school day, the BCPSS may announce an early dismissal. The early dismissal of schools requires that schools close two and one-half hours earlier than the regularly scheduled dismissal time. All extended-day and after-school programs, including inter-scholastic athletic events, will be cancelled. Lunch must be served in all schools. Any decision to dismiss schools early will be announced by 10 am to the news.