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2021-2022 Back to School Information

Dear Harrisburg School District Families,

We are excited to welcome all PreK-12th grade students and families back to the 2021-2022 school year! The following information, resources, and links will prove helpful as families and students prepare for a great year of innovative teaching and learning, student growth, and academic achievement. Welcome to the Harrisburg School District!

District Mask Policy - All adults and students will be required to wear face masks while inside of District buildings. Vaccinated teachers can substitute a shield instead of a mask when providing instruction. Students will have mask breaks while eating and outdoors. For outdoor sporting events at Severance Field, masks are optional, but recommended. As a District, we will continue our commitment to promote safety and mitigate risks associated with the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Wolf's Mask Mandate - In addition to the District's mask policy, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced a MASK MANDATE ORDER, which requires masks to be worn inside all K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers. The order takes effect 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Click here for details and resource information

Learning Options & School Start Times - The Harrisburg School District provides student-centered and engaging in-person learning at our brick and mortar schools, cyber blended learning at Cougar Academy, and 100% virtual learning at the Harrisburg Virtual Learning Academy

Click here to view Harrisburg School District's learning options. For information call (717) 703-4325 or (717) 703-4024.

All students should be in school, each day, and on time. School hours and the instructional day for students are as follows:

  • HIGH SCHOOLS - 7:45 am – 2:45 pm
  • MIDDLE SCHOOLS - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • COUGAR ACADEMY AND HVLA - 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - 8:50 am – 3:50 pm

Student Registration - Registration is open and available in person at the Lincoln Administration Building between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. For questions or assistance, visit the Lincoln Administration Building, 1601 State Street, Hbg. PA 17103. For online registration, click here.

Information & Resources - For more information, click the links below to read our Back to School Parent Information Letter, review our Health & Safety Plan, or view our Return to School Operations Video Update. 

We look forward to a successful school year and working together with parents, guardians, and our entire school community to make great things happen for our students!  We are…ONE HARRISBURG FOR ALL STUDENTS!


Mr. Eric Turman, Superintendent