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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Northside Elementary FAQ’s


  • Breakfast is offered in the cafeteria from 7:32 AM to 7:50 AM. Breakfast will be free to all students this year.
  • The cost will be deducted from your child’s individual lunch account.


  • Students may carry a packed lunch to school or they may purchase a lunch provided in the school cafeteria for $2.75. If you qualify for reduced lunch the cost is free for this year.
  • Milk is available for $.60 per carton. 
  • Students may pay for their lunch at time of purchase or put money in their individual lunch accounts. Checks should be made payable to "MASD FOOD SERVICE". 
  • Checks or cash should be placed in an envelope with your child’s first and last name, grade, teacher and the amount of money enclosed printed on the front. 
  • You can also prepay for school lunches online. Visit to create an account. 


  • If your child is or will be absent from school, please notify the office at 717-691-4581.  
  • Upon your child’s return to school, please make sure you email [email protected] within three (3) days of their return to school.
  • If a written excuse is not received within three (3) days, the absence will be marked unlawful.  After five (5) unlawful absences, a doctor's excuse will be required for further absences.
  • Excused absences include:
    • Family Emergencies
    • Pre-arranged doctor visits
    • Pre-authorized school activities
    • Pre-approved education trips - submitted at least 5 days in advance
    • Religious Holidays
    • Illness - a doctor’s note will be required for any absence three or more consecutive days

Student Appointments

  • When students need to leave school for an appointment, a parent must come into the office and sign the student out. 
  • The child should also be signed in upon return to the school.