Parents we invite you to give your feedback on our Schools CSI Plan. Please click on the link below.

The District-wide Survey is a tool for capturing feedback from the school community on five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties.

The surveys reach thousands of students, teachers, principals, and parents/guardians annually, helping district and school leaders identify what is working well along with areas that need to be improved.


Regular attendance is mandatory and essential for your child’s success in school. Subjects are taught in sequence, which means skills must be learned in a certain order for success. Persistent absenteeism causes the student to struggle with their acquisition of knowledge, which in turn leads to lower grades. Excessive unexcused absences are reported to truancy court. The following reasons are the only recognized excuses for school absences:

-Personal Illness
-Family Illness
-Religious Holiday

Students must bring in a note within three days following their absence explaining the reason for the absence. Medical appointments must be scheduled outside of school hours. When this is not possible, students will be excused for these special appointments.  Please remember to bring a note in from a doctor or dentist.

Early Dismissals
Early dismissals disrupt the student’s instructional day.  Students lose valuable instructional time when they are not in school.  Please make every effort to keep students in school for the full instructional day.

All early dismissals will be counted as a half-day absence. (No early after 2:30 pm. emergencies only)

In order to sign students out of school for an early dismissal, the parent or guardian must have proper identification.  The escort must be on file in the main office.  Escorts must be 18 years or older.

2018-2019  School Start and End Times
Start: 8:30 a.m.    Kindergarten through Grade Eight
End Time: 3:09 p.m. Kindergarten through Grade 8
Kindergarten students must be signed out at dismissal time.  You must have identification and you must be a designated escort.  If you are not a designated escort and if you do not have proper identification, the student will not be released.

Student Code of Conduct
A D. Harrington Elementary follows the School District’s Student Code of Conduct which clearly states the Rights and Responsibilities of all students. This information is available on the web through the School District Home Page.  In addition, a printed copy is available at the school upon request.

Harrington Parent Handbook 2018

Food Related Policies
Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (Grades K-5 in their classroom and 6-8 in the cafeteria)
Students may bring lunch from home; however, they may not bring any glass containers.
Children are not permitted to leave school during school hours.

Universal Feeding Program
AD. Harrington participates in the Universal Feeding Program. This program provides free meals to all of our students and applications are not needed.

Cafeteria Rules
Remain in line quietly.
Classes at your assigned classroom table.
Keep their table area clean.
Food and drinks are only to be eaten in the cafeteria at the designated times.
Food should not be eaten in the classroom.
Students are not permitted to chew gum or eat sunflower seeds in school.
Due to the number of food allergies, students are not allowed to share food.

School Advisory Council 

What Are SACs?
SACs (School Advisory Council) are peer-elected, collaborative teams composed of family members, the school principal, teachers or other school-based staff, students (for schools with grades 7 – 12), and community members.

The SAC President for 2018 is Ms.C.Nero

Kindergarten Registration.

Welcome to Kindergarten Registration. The School District of Philadelphia’s Kindergarten Registration process for the 2019-2020 school year opens today and runs until May 31, 2019.

I don’t have to tell you how important kindergarten is to the academic success of a child. Our goal this year is to have all families with kindergarten-eligible children attend one of our Open Houses and to register their child before May 31. This will allow families to connect with their school and help the District to plan and achieve a smooth school opening.
We need your help to achieve this goal. Please help us inform families, community members, and partners about the importance of school readiness and kindergarten registration. One way you can do that is by sharing our registration flyer with your families, staff and community members.
As part of the opening of registration, we are launching what we are calling our “Thrive At Five” campaign to promote kindergarten enrollment. You can expect to see billboards and ads on SEPTA buses, trains and shelters and in newspapers to make families aware of registration. We will also run an aggressive social media effort using #ThriveAtFive. Please join the effort by sharing our posts on your social networks.
The District will be hosting Kindergarten Open House events on March 5, 2019 and during the week of May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019. These will be opportunities for families to learn more about the kindergarten experience at their neighborhood school. We will be promoting these Kindergarten Open Houses as the dates get closer. We hope you will do the same.
For more information on the District’s kindergarten registration process and Kindergarten Open House events, flyers in other languages, and/or additional resources to help prepare for kindergarten, please click here or visit
If you have questions, please email