Million Father March to kick off opening day of school in Harford County

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Sep. 1—After celebrating the final holiday of summer, students in Harford County Public Schools will go back to school on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day.

The school system will welcome about 38,000 students and 5,000 teachers and staff this school year, said Jillian Lader, schools manager of communications. The school system will have 34 elementary schools, nine middle schools and 10 high schools in session.

As of Wednesday, the school system has two teacher vacancies, Lader said. It continues to recruit for about 150 support positions in all areas including custodians, food and nutrition workers, bus drivers, bus attendants, paraprofessionals, inclusion helpers and safety liaisons.

To kick off the first day of school, Superintendent Sean Bulson will attend Bakerfield Elementary for the Million Father March, a nationwide event designed for fathers and other male role models to show support for the education of children by escorting them to school. Bakerfield will be inviting all family members to attend.

There will be several places along the route of the march where families can meet and join. The march will begin at Aberdeen High School parking lot at 8:40 a.m. It will cross West Bel Air Avenue and head toward the Aberdeen food truck park. The group will leave the park at 8:55 a.m., cross West Bel Air Avenue and walk down Baker Street to the far parking lot where the march will end.

Bakerfield will open at 9 a.m.

The school is encouraging male role models to sign up by emailing Kristina McGee at kristina.mcgee@hcps.org.

There have been no changes to bus and bell schedules or start times for the 2022-23 school year, Lader said.