• Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

    While the vast majority of all school days follow an established schedule there are instances where timetables may be adjusted.  Some of these – such as early dismissals to start a school recess – are planned in advance and published on the school calendar.  Other times, travel hazards, severe weather, power outages or other unplanned disruptions can result in the need to deviate from the standard school day schedule.
     Planned Schedule Changes
    The district strives to keep parents informed of planned schedule changes in a variety of ways.  In addition to publishing these as part of the annual calendar, the district also denotes these on its online calendar as well.  Other forms of parental notification may also be used periodically, ranging from a reminder note home in younger students’ book bags to electronic reminders.
    Delayed Starts
    • Riders: Report to your bus stop later than your normal time, based on the announced duration of the delay. For instance For example, if your bus usually picks you up at 7:10 a.m., then be there at 8:10 a.m. instead for a one-hour delay or 9:10 a.m. for a two-hour delay.
    • Walkers: Adjust your schedule according to the delay schedule. If you walk to school and usually leave home at 7:20 a.m., plan to leave home one hour later at 8:20 a.m. for a planned one-hour delay or 9:20 for a two-hour delay.
     Early Dismissals
    • In the event of a scheduled early dismissal, Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School will be dismissed first, followed by the elementary students. Times for scheduled early dismissals may vary, so check the online calendar for details.  (Don't forget to click on the actual event to open the details page.)
    Private School Students
    • In most instances, planned schedule changes for Derry Township School District do not apply to your school's schedule.  Unless informed otherwise by your school's administration, students being transported by DTSD will be transported as usual.
     Unplanned Schedule Changes
    When inclement weather has occurred or has been forecast, the safety of our children is our prime concern. The district utilizes a high-speed messaging system to notify parents directly in the event of unplanned schedule delays or early dismissals. The  district also posts notifications to its web site  These two notification tools, used together, constitute the district's "official" forms of parent notifications.
    While the district does, when practical, provide delay and cancellation information to the local electronic media, the district assumes no direct responsibility for the timing or accuracy of the information posted or broadcast by those outlets. Local radio and TV stations receive hundreds of notifications from various institutions across Central PA and despite best efforts at accuracy, mistakes do happen.  Likewise, with today's technology, it is easy for rumors to gain traction and/or imposters to create official looking/sounding pronouncements. If in doubt, DTSD encourages you to first check the district web site and compare the information posted their with other sources on information.  Do not simply accept at face value any image or message sent to you from any source other than the district itself.  Do NOT call the school district or any of the individual school buildings directly for schedule status updates as these inquiries can tie up phone lines needed for critical communications and coordination.
     2 Hour Delay
    • Riders: Report to your bus stop two hours later than your normal time. For example, if your bus usually picks you up at 7:10 a.m., then be there at 9:10 a.m. instead.
    • Walkers: If you walk to school and usually leave home at 7:20 a.m., plan to leave home two hours later at 9:20 a.m.
    • Afternoon dismissal is held at the regularly scheduled time for 2 hour delays.
     Early Dismissal
    • In the event of early dismissal, Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School will be dismissed first, followed by the elementary students. Announcements of early dismissal will be made first via the district's hig-speed messaging system and on the district web site.
     Private School Students
    • St. Joan of Arc School customarily follows the same emergency procedures as Derry Township School District.
    • Other private schools usually follow the actions of the district in which they are located.
    • Students transported to another district follow Derry Township School District's transportation schedule.