9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Elementary Virtual BAT Meeting
In response to an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases, presumed positive cases and close contacts requiring quarantine on our campus, we have consulted with the PA Department of Health and are making the move to an online learning environment. Beginning Friday, November 13 through Monday November 30, all instruction will be conducted online. Duing the time classes are being conducted completely online, no in-person student activities or extra-curricular events will be held.
Can’t go out right now for family entertainment? Don’t worry – Hershey High School Theatre will bring it to you! HHS Theatre has transformed its traditional fall play - “A Christmas Carol: a Live Radio Play” - into a streaming event your family can watch online. The show will be offered via livestream three times: Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m. and a special encore Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Click the headline for ordering information.
There will be no online classes for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 to allow for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no online classes for all students, K-12, on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Recess. All schools and offices (including the District Office) will be closed during that recess. All students will be fully online when classes resume November 30 with hybrid instruction expected to resume Dec. 1.
As part of its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Derry Township School District is currently operating under a hybrid instructional model that includes staggered in-person and online instruction for secondary students and half-day in-person sessions for elementary students. With the well-being of students and staff at the forefront and taking into consideration PA Departments of Education and Health guidelines, the district is also planning for multiple contingencies that will allow it to continue with a robust educational experience.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing new approaches to education, we’re more reliant on technology tools as part of instruction than ever. The DTSD Technology Department is here to provide support. Click the headline for helpful tips, FAQs, and directions on how to create an IT Ticket to get help from District Technology staff
ACADEMICS: HMS Student Wins Geography Bee
Congratulations to Ben Fredrickson; the 7th Grader bested fellow competitors Rian Kelly (8th Grade, 2nd place), Brady Keller (7th Grade, 3rd place) and 30 other contestants to win the Hershey Middle School Geography Bee. The contest featured all manner of questions related to the study of the physical features of the earth.
CITIZENSHIP: School Bus Driver Recognized
At the February 10 school board business meeting, Superintendent Joe McFarland and the DTSD Board of School Directors recognized school bus driver Joe Godino. While transporting students home earlier this winter, Godino encountered a vehicle which had left the roadway, flipping on an embankment with its motor running and wheels spinning. He took immediate action to ensure the safety of the students on his bus while also notifying emergency responders and helping the driver and two passengers escape their overturned vehicle.
All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Derry Township School District, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are prioritized and immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center.
Students, parents, and community members can submit tips via three methods: