Hershey Primary Elementary A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment


  • Red Ribbon Observation Oct. 26 - Nov. 6

    Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually by students across the country and is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. This year, DTSD will be observing an extended Red Ribbon Week, with events being held October 26 through November 6. The extension allows secondary students in the hybrid instructional model to participate in person with the various theme days. Click the headline for details on the theme days for each building level.

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  • Updated Rules for Fall Sports Spectators

    At the October 13 DTSD Board of School Directors meeting, revised attendance protocols for fall sporting events were adopted in response to recent changes in guidelines from the state level. For soccer, field hockey and volleyball, the board approved the issuing of two adult passes for each Hershey player and each visiting team player. For football, band and cheerleading, the board approved the issuing of two adult passes for each senior member of the Hershey football team, band and cheerleading squad.

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  • Delays, Early Dismissals & Virtual Learning Days 2020-2021

    Instructional procedures implemented as part of Derry Township School District’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts have an impact on the way the district will handle unplanned daily schedule changes resulting from inclement weather or other interruptions beyond our control. To help families with planning for such circumstances, the district has created a quick reference guide; please click on the headline to open the fact sheet.

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  • 2020-2021 Back To School Updates

    Derry Township School District is working to bring students back into a face-to-face learning environment for the 2020-21 School Year. With the well-being of students and staff at the forefront and taking into consideration PA Departments of Education and Health guidelines related to COVID-19, the district is planning for multiple contingencies that will allow it to continue with a robust educational experience. As planning progresses, updates and related information for the community will be posted here; click the headline for more information.

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  • Technology Help for Families

    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

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  • DTSD Waiving Penalties on 2020 Real Estate Taxes

    To help homeowners the Derry Township School District has joined Dauphin County and the Township of Derry in waiving penalties on 2020 School Real Estate Taxes until 12/31/2020. School District Real Estate tax bills will be issued on July 1, 2020. The bills will still include the ability to receive a 2% discount if the bill is paid in full prior to August 31, 2020. If not paid prior to August 31, 2020 the amount listed on the tax bill will be payable through 12/31/2020. Please note this only applies to Real Estate Tax bills issued on July 1, 2020, the penalties are still due on the Occupation Taxes and Interim Real Estate tax bills.

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  • Primary Elementary School
    450 Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2277   Fax: (717) 508-2266
    Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4 :15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

    The Primary Elementary School serves children in second and third grades.  The school building was originally constructed in 1954 and renovated in 1991. Today the facility offers more than 154,000 square feet dedicated to meeting the needs of young learners. 

    Young children learn by doing. Learning is sequential and children must demonstrate readiness for new understandings based on their maturation and past experiences. Children acquire information and knowledge through interaction with people and objects. They are motivated to learn through their own need to make sense of the world around them.  

    The building has a card access system and offers telephone, television and intranet access in each classroom.  Other amenities include a multi-purpose room, two cafeterias/multi-purpose room, and a gymnasium with auxiliary gym space.