Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, 


This letter provides you with relevant information that will assist you as you prepare for this school year:


Student Start Date:                  Monday, August 31, 2020 (attendance begins for all students)


Online School Day:                   8:50am – 3:50pm


Homeroom Period:                   8:50am – 9:15am (Students must attend homeroom to be counted for attendance or otherwise will be considered unexcused) 


  • If your child has not already received a device, distribution and exchange events will be held for students at ALL grade levels during the week of August 24th (student ID number or ID badge are required) – Masks and social distancing are required to receive a device


  • The means of instruction used by the classroom teachers will be Zoom and Google Classroom


  • Students will adhere to their academic on-line schedule


  • Instruction will occur through synchronous (on-line with a live teacher) and asynchronous (on the computer without a live teacher) learning during this remote academic time-period


  • The student day will be 8:50am until 3:50pm


  • Breaks and a lunch period are scheduled within the day


  • Virtual meetings can be requested and scheduled with administration


  • Free Grab & Go Meal Distribution will continue when the official school year begins 


     We are asking for your support with ensuring that your child is logged in on time and prepared to learn.  By doing so, it will make for a smoother academic transition when we return to brick and mortar.  More concrete information will be shared to further your understanding of this remote and virtual learning plan.  


    We also ask the following; 


  • Provide updated contact information (e.g. address, phone number, emergency contact)



  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact the main office at (717)703-1202


  • If you need additional information, it can be accessed through the following;


                     * www.hbgsd.us

                     *Harrisburg School District You Tube Channel

                     *Harrisburg School District Facebook Page

                     *Harrisburg School District App – can be downloaded on your phone through the App store.  Select the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania. The Cougar icon is in our school colors of black and grey.  Notifications will be sent through this app on a regular basis 

    Again, while remote learning is new to all of us, a great educational opportunity is available by adhering with fidelity to the educational plan that has been put in place. As always, we are here…ready, willing and available to work with and assist as much as possible.  All we ask is that we work together collaboratively for the success of our students! 

    We are resilient, willing to adapt to change, and are looking forward to having a great school year!!! 


    Ben Franklin Administrative Team – Will Towson, Principal

                                                        Nicole Snook, Assistant Principal

                                                        David Portzline, Assistant Principal