School Services

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Running Brook Elementary School's school menu can be accessed through the LINQ Connect portal or mobile app. Families do not need a LINQ account to view menus, which are available to the public.

Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs)

HCPSS participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Parents/guardians must submit a new application every school year to maintain their student’s eligibility. To apply, go to the HCPSS FARMs webpage.


Running Brook Elementary School is part of the national Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program where students receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2024-2025 school year, regardless of family or household income.


Meal payments may be made via credit card using the LINQ Connect portal. On-site payments and prepayments may be made using cash or check. Parents/guardians will need to create an account to make online payments to their child’s meal account, monitor their child’s account, schedule automatic recurring payments, set up low balance alerts, submit a Free and Reduced Meals program application, and more.

Wellness and Quality Commitment

Information on the HCPSS wellness policy and commitment to quality is available online.

Health Room

Jaime Eikenberg (Nurse)

Direct line: 410-313-7442

Fax: 410-730-1815

School Health Protocols/Procedures

  • Medication – Parents must provide a doctor’s order (see link below) for any medicine to be administered during the school day.  Students may not carry any medication unless ordered by an authorized prescriber and cleared by the School Nurse/Cluster Nurse. For additional medication procedures, parents should contact the health room.  
  • All medication should be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian.  Students should not transport medication to and from school.
  • Notification of Illness/Injury - Students who are absent due to illness or injury, or doctor appointments related to illness or injury, are required to produce a note to excuse that child's absence on the day that they return to school.  It is important to follow up with the Health Room Staff if your child has been hospitalized for any reason.
  • Absence email:
  • Fever Policy: Keep your child at home when ill or having a fever (100F or above). 
    • Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.  

Health-related registration requirements:


Before and After School Care

  • Columbia Association - Offering elementary and middle school children a safe, secure haven where they can explore, learn and have fun.

Accident and Medical Insurance

Accident Insurance

The school system does not carry medical insurance for accidents that occur at school, including non-sport related injuries, such as trips and falls, physical education injuries, and recess/playground injuries. Thus, parents are encouraged to enroll students in the accident insurance program offered through HCPSS.

Learn more about how to obtain accident insurance →

Medical Insurance

The Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) is available for families, pregnant women, and children in need of medical insurance. Applications are available through the school health assistant or by contacting the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-7500.

Find out more about qualifying for MCHIP →