2020-2021 Back To School Information
Welcome Back to School!
The MTSD Administration, School Board, and our entire staff hope your family had an excellent summer. We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, August 25th. We hope this school year will be an exciting and fulfilling year for your family.
We are planning to schedule early dismissals for the first week of school – Tuesday, August 25 through Friday, August 28. Early dismissals allow students to transition back to school with more ease, and promote opportunities for teachers and students to establish relationships, learn routines and safety protocols, and become oriented to Schoology, Seesaw, and other instructional platforms. It also offers more time for professional development for staff during the afternoons. Students in Grades 7-12 will begin the school year by following our Yellow phase for educational programming which includes a hybrid schedule with split attendance for the first three weeks of school (August 25-September 11) with the goal to transition fully to the Green Phase by September 14th.
The information posted on this page is an overview of helpful “back-to-school” information to help prepare your family for the first day of school. During the first week of school, students receive a packet of important information from your child’s school. Please read this information carefully to better acquaint yourself with policies, procedures and day-to-day school operations. We also offer an online calendar with up-to-date information on district events.
District Office Leadership Team
Dr. Robin L. Felty, Superintendent
Dr. Dale Reimann, Assistant Superintendent
Mrs. Donna Robbins, Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Marcie Brody, Communication Specialist
Mr. James Dierolf, Director of Food Services
Mr. Matt Gillis, Transportation Generalist
Mr. Tom Koch, Director of Plant Services
Mrs. Joni Lefever, Director of Pupil Services
Mr. Dan Lyons, Director of Instructional Technology
Dr. Karen Nell, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Bette Oberle, Director of Safety and Security
Mrs. Sharon Schaefer, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Katherine Ward, Director of Human Resources
Mrs. Nicole Reinking, Principal
Dr. Andrew Martin, Principal
Ms. Travis Bash, Principal
Dr. Wendy Hancock, Principal
Mrs. Trudi Smith, Principal
Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards, Principal
Landis Run Intermediate School
Mr. Will Gillis, Principal
Dr. Erin Birk, Assistant Principal
Mr. Dana Schrodel, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Christine Resh, Principal
Mr. Andrew Hull, Assistant Principal
Ms. Sharon Cohen, Assistant Principal
Mr. David Rilatt, Principal
Mr. John Loose, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Lisa Lyons, Assistant Principal
Ms. Deborah Niemi, Principal on Assignment
Mr. Matthew Johns, Dean of Students
Mr. Jason Strunk, Athletic Director
School Hours Early Dismissals
High School (9th-12th) 7:30 am-2:30 pm 12:35 pm
Middle School (7th-8th) 7:25 am-2:35 pm 12:35 pm
Landis Run (5th-6th) 8:05 am-3:15 pm 1:15 pm
Elementary (K-4th) 9:00 am-3:40 pm 1:40 pm
MT Board of School Directors
Mrs. Nikki Rivera, President
Mrs. Joyce Stephens, Vice President
Mrs. Janet Carroll
Mrs. Sara Grosh
Mr. Stephen Grosh
Mrs. JoAnn Hentz
Mr. Curtis Holgate
Dr. John Smith
Mrs. April Weaver
Board Work Sessions: Second Thursday of each month – 7:00 p.m. (Except July and December)
Board Meetings: Third Thursday of each month – 7:00 p.m. (Except July)
Location: School Board Work Sessions and School Board Meetings are held at the District Office unless otherwise noted. The public is invited to attend both the Work Session and the School Board meetings. Meeting agendas may be found on the website, under School Board, the week of the scheduled meeting.
Bus routing information is mailed to every eligible student by mid-August. Students may only ride on their assigned buses and only Manheim Township students are permitted to ride the buses. A student needs written authorization from the district to ride on any bus except the one to which he or she is assigned.
Students should be at their designated stop ten minutes before the scheduled pick up time. Please be patient the first several days of school as buses generally run behind schedule the first several days. Historically, the schedules fall into place within two weeks and we ask that requests for changes be made in writing after this adjustment period.
The District encourages adult supervision at the bus stop for younger, immature or new riders. The District also recommends a yearly review of safety concerns with your children. Students are expected to follow the same behavior guidelines on the bus as they do in their school. Audio and video recorders are on each bus and any inappropriate behavior may result in the revocation of bus riding privileges. The cooperation of the contractor, drivers, parents, students and administration is critical for the safe and efficient operation of our transportation service.
Please contact Brightbill Transportation with any bus operation concerns at 519-1506. Scheduling and routing concerns should be directed to the transportation coordinator at 560-3114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nutritious and Affordable Lunches Provided
Manheim Township School District is committed to providing our students and staff with high-quality nutritious and affordable school lunches that meet or exceed National School Lunch and Breakfast Program guidelines.
The Food Services Department uses SchoolCafe as our online payment system. SchoolCafe is your one-stop-shop to make payments, view menus, set purchase restrictions, and apply for free and reduced meals. Download the SchoolCafe app from the App Store or Google Play. You can access the website at www.schoolcafe.com Instructions on how to register with SchoolCafe and make payments can be found here.
In addition to using SchoolCafe for online payments, parents may also send in payments to the District Office via check or cash. Please send payments in a sealed envelope with your child’s full name written on the envelope/check memo line. Please make the check payable to MTSD Cafeteria Fund.
Elementary Breakfast: $1.45
LRIS, MS, HS Breakfast: $1.45
Free & Reduced Breakfast: $0.00
Elementary Lunch: $2.20
LRIS/MS Lunch: $2.45
HS Lunch: $2.50
Free & Reduced Lunch: $0.40
Inclement Weather Information
The announcement of school delays or closings will be posted to the district’s website, mobile app, and Facebook/Twitter page, as well as reported on the following local radio and television stations on or before 7:00 am:
WITF-FM 99.9 (Lancaster)
WDAC- 94.5 FM
WHP-TV (CBS) (UPN 15)
When weather conditions develop during the day and the district decides to close schools early, high school and middle school students will be dismissed first, followed by Landis Run students and then elementary students. Parents of elementary students should have an emergency plan prepared in case of an early dismissal.
We always keep the safety of our students and staff forefront in our decision-making, however sometimes, as we all know, the weather throws us a curve ball. Please remember to always check our website, and sign-up for News Flashes, to receive up-to-date information on closings and delays.
MTSD is active on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us for student news, school reminders, weather announcements and community events.