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Frequently Asked Questions
Covid 19 Policies
Current Covid19 restrictions and regulations are ever changing. HCS strives to provide the safest possible environment for children and staff. The following are a few of the changes that we have made to meet the CDC and MSDE recommendations.This is not a comprehensive list, if you have additional questions contact us.
* Every student and staff member undergoes a daily health evaluation which includes a tempature check before being able to enter the classroom.
* Masks are required for everyone at pick up and drop off.
* Students must wear masks whenever transitioning in the school. When students are in the classroom and on the playground while social distancing, mask breaks are provided.
* Staff must wear a mask at all times while inside the school.
* Students from other classrooms will not be combined for group activites throughout the day. This is to include lunch and outdoor play.
* Small sized classrooms will be maintained to limit exposure to larger groups of children.
* Snack will be served by staff or provided in individually wrapped packages to limit contamination from our tradtional family style service.
* We will provide each student with a blanket that is stored in a sealed bag and laundered weekly for nap and a disposible bag for take home items each day.
* Classroom materials and manipulatives in every classroom are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. Classrooms and bathrooms are sanitized at the end of each day.
When was Hagerstown Children’s School (HCS) established?
HCS opened in the fall of 1994 with one small classroom for children ages three to five. Over the last 20+ years, we have expanded to offer two primary classrooms, two pre-primary classroom and an extended day enrichment classroom that is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Where do HCS students come from?
With a location that is easily accessible from Interstates 70 and 81, our families come from Hagerstown and the surrounding tri-state area.
What does non-public, not-for-profit mean?
HCS is licensed as a non-public school with the Maryland State Board of Education and holds a non-profit 501(c)3 tax status. This tax status makes all donations made to HCS tax deductible.
Is HCS affiliated with any professional organizations?
HCS is a member of Montessori Schools of Maryland, Maryland State Child Care Association, and an affiliate member of the International Montessori Society (IMS# 1144) and the National Center for Montessori Education.
Where do students go after HCS?
The majority of our students transfer to the public school in their home district after attending HCS. Others go on to attend religiously affiliated or private schools.
How do HCS graduates do?
Because our students have been encouraged to develop good work habits and independence along with academic skills in all areas of the curriculum, they tend to do very well in other educational settings. Many of our students go on to attend various magnet programs within the Washington County Public School system.