Intermittent Phone Outages

This morning, 9/20/21, Hambright Elementary School telephones are experiencing intermittent problems. We have had a number of dropped calls. If you need us to call you, please email the office, and we will find a way to connect with you.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Virtual Back to School Night

Hambright Families,

We were disappointed that the weather did not allow us to hold our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 1st. Our Hambright staff created some short videos so that you can get to know your student’s teachers a little bit better. Click on the words Back to School Night 2021 below to be redirected to our Back to School Night page. Don’t forget to also view our building tour!

Update on Face Covering Order

Penn Manor School District is providing an update on the required implementation of the Acting Secretary of Health’s face covering order, which took effect September 7, 2021. After meeting with legal counsel and listening to public comment, the school board approved the following action at its Tuesday, September 7 meeting:

The district will extend until September 21, 2021, the need for a physician’s note to provide a mask exception for students or staff, without consequences, and has directed the administration to seek legal counsel regarding the requirements for a medical exception.
Penn Manor will continue to require that all students and staff wear a face covering while in school, as directed in the order. This applies to all students, unless a parent/guardian has submitted a written request for an exception.

The school board action does not impact the federal requirement that masks be worn by all students on school buses.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter. The district will provide more guidance as it receives further clarification. Please reach out to your child’s building principal if you have any questions regarding the mask order and/or the exception process.

Thank you,

Penn Manor School District

Rita’s Night Reminder

Beat the heat with a Rita’s treat

to start the 2021-2022 school year!

Join us at Rita’s on Columbia Ave/Redwood Drive on
September 9th from 6-8pm. Every CURRENT Hambright student will receive an Italian ice (paid for by the PTO).  Family members may purchase their own treats. 
Treats will be served by our very own Hambright teachers! 
Rain or shine!
See you there!

Face coverings required in all Penn Manor schools starting Tuesday, Sept. 7

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order that requires the wearing of face coverings at schools starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The order is issued pursuant to authority granted to the Department of Health under the Disease Prevention and Control Law, 35 P.S. Section 521.5, and requires that all teachers, students, staff, and visitors wear a face covering indoors at school. Furthermore, the order states that it does not impact the obligation of schools to comply with CDC requirements concerning masking on school buses.

As a public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Penn Manor School District is required by law to comply with this order.

Penn Manor will use the same procedure followed during the 2020-2021 school year in considering face covering medical exception requests from parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will need to provide documentation from a medical provider by completing a Face Covering Order Exception Request Form from their child’s school and submitting it to the building principal.

The Penn Manor Board of School Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Penn Manor High School. At the beginning of all school board meetings, there is a public comment period. If you are interested in speaking during that time, the school board respectfully requests that  you pre-register here so that an appropriate amount of time can be allocated for public comment. The school board will be accepting comments regarding the face coverings order during the meeting; however, the school board is not scheduled to take a vote on the order.

The school district is obligated to comply with the provisions of the face coverings order, including during school board meetings, unless or until a court of competent jurisdiction issues an injunction against the Acting Secretary of Health regarding the implementation and enforcement of the order.

The school board agenda will be posted to the school district website by the end of the day on Friday, September 3, and will be available here: board/agenda/ 

The timing of the face coverings order is unfortunate and disappointing, coming as it does with the 2021-2022 school year already under way. It creates a new challenge for community members, students and our school employees. That being said, it will not deter Penn Manor from making this school year the best that it can be, and we will continue to adjust as needed in order to provide an outstanding educational program for our students.

For more details about the face coverings order and Penn Manor’s Health and Safety Plan, please click on these links: