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Guide to Mental Wellness

HESD offers a wide range of educational, health, mental, and social-emotional supports to ensure
all students can access educational resources. At each school, school professionals work together
to support students and their families.

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The California Energy Commission's School Bus Replacement Program awarded $1.95 million to Hanford Elementary School District to replace 5 diesel school buses with ELECTRIC BUSES. The program is helping schools throughout the state transition from old, polluting diesel school buses to zero- or low-emissions vehicles, improving children's health by limiting their exposure to transportation-related air pollution and building the green economy.

HESD is proud of our new ELECTRIC BUSES and is the only school district in Kings County with electric buses on the road. Hanford citizens will be able to easily identify our new electric buses due to their green bumpers and rims.

Thank you, California Energy Commission! 

@California Energy Commission

Electric Bus at Lincoln
Electric Bus at Hamilton
Electric Bus at JFK


Annual Title 1 Meeting

Each year, our school convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children are invited and encouraged to attend.  The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I, Part A program and to explain the requirements and the right of the parents to be involved.


For the 2020-2021 school year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s executive order closing school sites, and in an effort to keep our families and community members safe, the 2020-2021 Annual Title I meeting will be presented in recorded format.  This presentation is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed at any time. Links with contact information and for parent/community input will be shown on the last slide in this presentation.





Distance Instruction for Band!

Parents & students you can access these resources on the HESD website & by clicking on the students tab at the top. The attached screencast video will walk you through the process:

Many thanks to:

Corinne Johnson, Jefferson student, showing distance band learning in action. Corinne is taking a band assessment on Flipgrid to submit for feedback.

Our awesome HESD Band Educators for putting together these resources for our students to keep the music alive!


Hanford tops in the country for teachers

The analysts at AdvisorSmith ranked 380 U.S. cities to determine the most attractive cities for teachers to pursue their careers in, based on data including total number of jobs, number of jobs per capita, average annual salaries, and cost of living. They reveal the top 50 cities for teachers in the newly published study, and Hanford comes in at the very top!

View the full article at AdvisorSmith for all the information.

Substitute Teachers

Are you interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the Hanford Elementary School District?

Substitute teachers are needed on a daily basis. Daily substitute pay is $150 per day.

If interested, please contact:
Michelle Shannon, Credentials Analyst
Kings County Office of Education
1144 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230

Requirements for becoming a substitute teacher:

Option 1: Passed CBEST/ACT/SAT and Bachelor’s or higher Degree from an accredited university;

Option 2: 90 units of course work on your CA University transcript; passed CBEST/ACT/SAT and currently enrolled in an accredited 4-year CA University.

School Bus Driver Shortage

The Hanford Elementary School District along with the Central Valley are experiencing a shortage of qualified bus drivers. In anticipation of a possible driver shortage, preparations are being made in order to ensure our student bus riders are transported safely. If Hanford Elementary experiences a shortage of bus drivers, bus routes will run 15 – 30 minutes off schedule. Parents will be notified of route updates and/or changes in route times.

We greatly appreciate your patience and support.

Thank you! 


El Distrito Escolar Elemental de Hanford junto con el Valle Central están experimentando un escases de conductores de autobuses calificados. En anticipación de una posible escasez de conductores, se están haciendo preparativos para garantizar que nuestros pasajeros de autobús sean transportados de manera segura. Si el Distrito Elemental de Hanford experimenta un escases de conductores de autobuses, las rutas de los autobuses correrán de 15 a 30 minutos fuera del horario. Los padres serán notificados de las actualizaciones de ruta y/o cambios en los tiempos de ruta.

Apreciamos mucho su paciencia y apoyo.


HESD Mission

Everything we do must be for the express purpose of improving teaching and learning, therefore: “Our mission is to provide an educational environment which reinforces basic cultural values, ethical behavior, including respect for others, personal integrity, responsibility and accountability. We will work together to provide students with a safe environment in which they can discover their potential and strengthen their motivation for living and learning. As tomorrow’s leaders, students will be prepared to participate and function effectively in society.”


No one will be allowed open access to the campus, or pass the fenced area without securing authorization and a visitor pass from the administration.  Parents must make prior arrangements with the Principal to visit classrooms.  Volunteers must be fingerprinted and approved by the HESD Board of Trustees.  In the morning, parents may wait for their child to enter the classroom in the designated area only.  In the afternoon, parents may wait for their child’s dismissal in the designated areas only.  Also note that parents are not allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch times.