Everything you need to know for back to school: Start times, bus routes, and the 2022-23 calendar + CelebratED set for Sept. 17

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MANCHESTER, NH – The first day of school for students in Manchester School District is Tuesday Sept. 6. In an effort to give you a one-stop landing place where most (if not all) your questions can be answered we’ve assembled this back-to-school guide.

Got questions we didn’t cover? Send it to Carol Robidoux at publisher@manchesterinklink.com and we’ll get the answer and add it to the mix.

Time to Rise and Shine

School start times have changed slightly for the new school year. According to the district, the changes are the result of the new teachers’ contract, and “will have a direct benefit on students by maximizing instructional time.”

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Who You Gonna Call?


If you have questions or concerns, contact your Board of School Committee ward representative:

Ward 1

Julie Turner

(603) 703-4068


Ward 2

Sean Parr

(212) 923-6612


Ward 3

Karen Soule

(603) 219-1374


Ward 4

Leslie Want

(603) 438-9682


Ward 5

Jason Bonilla



Ward 6

Ken Tassey Jr.

(978) 886-0421


Ward 7

Chris Potter

(781) 454-5820


Ward 8

Peter Perich



Ward 9

Ben Dion

(603) 264-3407


Ward 10

Gary Hamer

(603) 625-4895


Ward 11

Dr. Nicole Leapley



Ward 12

Carlos Gonzalez

(603) 674-9696



Jim O’Connell, Vice Chair

(617) 851-0428



Peter Argeropoulos

(603) 703-6016



Still need to register your child for school? Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2022 to register for kindergarten. Learn more here.

What’s Happening at My Kid’s School?

Below: Find your child’s individual school website for more specific information about the 2022-23 school year.




When Are This Year’s Holidays/Days Off?

Below: The 2022-23 School Calendar

School Policy and Program Primer

Absence: If your child is absent, please call or notify the school. When he or she returns to school you must send in a note explaining the absence.

Leaving School Early: If your child needs to be dismissed during the school day, send a note with your child in the morning. Dismissal procedures differ from school to school. Consult your school handbook or call the school office to learn the proper procedure.

Early Release Day: Days that are noted as Early Release days means that the school will begin at its normally scheduled time, but will let out early. Elementary school early release time is at 11:15 AM. The Middle School early release time is at 12:10 PM and the High School early release time is 12:53 PM. School buses will still transport children according to the same procedure, just earlier in the day. Sometimes this is also referred to as a “half day.”

For inclement weather procedures click here for more information about school closing and delays.
Athletics – All middle and high schools in Manchester use Family ID online registration for their sports programs. Create an account at www.familyid.com. Click on “Find programs” and type in the name of your school in the search box. Select a sport from the list available and follow the prompts to register your student for that sport.  Click here to register or for more information. You can also learn more here at the Athletics Department home page.
After School Programs – Students in Manchester schools have the opportunity to participate in a variety of before and after school programs across the city. Some of those programs are located at the schools, while others are offered at other locations. All of the programs are coordinated and managed by community partner organizations, not the school district. Please contact the organizations listed on this page with questions and registration information.
Free and Reduced Lunch – To determine eligibility for free or reduced-cost lunch, fill out an application here. NOTE: The district is hiring food service workers (cooks, servers, kitchen help substitutes.) Email sloftus@mansd.org  or  call 624-6300 X120 for application information.

HIGH SCHOOL – District routes serviced by yellow school buses are displayed on this website. If you do not find a route that services your location, please also review schedules and routes at Manchester Transit Authority.

It is recommended that students be at their stops ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. Parents please note: bus arrival times may vary slightly due to weather, road conditions, or traffic. Unlike Elementary and Middle School buses, High School students are not assigned to a specific stop or route, and may use any stop on any bus to get to or from their destination. Students are expected to follow the District’s behavior code on school buses and transit buses.

High school students no longer need to purchase a bus ticket. Just show your high school ID and ride for free!

Manchester School District high school students can ride ANY MTA city bus — any route, any time, any day — free of charge. All you have to do is show your high school ID. Contact MTA at 603-623-8801 or www.mtabus.org with questions


Use this link.

CelebrateED – Sept. 17

Manchester Proud’s FREE Annual CelebratED is set for Sept. 17 at Veterans Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gather together with school community members for a day of celebration, food and fun. No registration required.

About this Author


Carol Robidoux

PublisherManchester Ink Link

Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!