Details about response to accident involving district school bus

This morning, a bus transporting students from William Penn Senior High School to the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy was involved in an accident. Six students were transported to the hospital for assessment of possible injuries. As of 3 p.m., each of the students had been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the school bus was also transported to the hospital. All other students on the bus were evaluated by school nurses.

The school district contacted parents of the affected students and will report more information to the public when it is available. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we continue to investigate.

School District Of The City Of York

Board of School Directors announces schedule changes

Posted on April 12th, 2019

NOTIFICATION OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

The Board Meeting of the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York, Pennsylvania, previously advertised to be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 31 North Pershing Avenue, York, Pennsylvania has been changed.  The Board Meeting of the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York, will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria of William Penn High School, 101 West College Avenue, York, Pennsylvania.

 

MEETING CHANGE NOTIFICATION

The Board Meeting of the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York, Pennsylvania, previously advertised to be held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 31 North Pershing Avenue, York, Pennsylvania has been rescheduled to Monday, May 20, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 31 North Pershing Avenue, York, Pennsylvania.

 

Mindy A. Wantz, Board Secretary

Board of School Directors

Resources are available to families struggling with truancy

Posted on April 8th, 2019

A CBS21 news reporter recently contacted the School District of the City of York for a comment on a story about truancy. The district’s full statement in response is below:

 

At the School District of the City of York, we believe that every child deserves to learn in an educational setting where they feel safe, protected and loved.

Our staff works deliberately and proactively to promote a culture of caring in our schools that honors the intrinsic value of every individual.

We believe this culture of caring has a significant positive influence on the attendance rates at district schools, where more than 91 percent of students come to school on any given day.

However, for myriad reasons, some students struggle to get to school in time for the 8 a.m. bell. Others stop coming altogether.

When that happens, the School District of the City of York fulfills its obligations to state law – which defines truancy as the accumulation of three unlawful absences in a single school year.

In every case, the district’s first step is to notify the student’s parents/guardians of the situation in a letter sent home in both English and Spanish. Parents/guardians are invited to a meeting for the purpose of creating a Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP).

Information from the student and family is crucial to developing an effective plan that addresses the root cause of the student’s truancy problem.

However, if a parent/guardian fails to respond or show up for a scheduled meeting, district staff will develop a Student Attendance Improvement Plan and mail a copy to the parents with a request for their signature.

District staff members frequently involved in this process include attendance officers, social workers, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and representatives from the Special Education office.

The goal of every Student Attendance Improvement Plan is to resolve the student’s truancy issue before it escalates to involve courts of law and the York County Children, Youth and Families agency.

The School District of the City of York offers an extensive menu of free resources and services to help families resolve their students’ truancy issues.

Because the root of many truancy cases is poverty, the School District of the City of York often seeks to assist families discreetly.

However, it is important that students and their families know that resources are available and that the staff of the School District of the City of York is committed to helping families in times of crisis.

Those resources include, but are not limited to:

  • School social workers are available to students in every district building. It is their job to help students and families meet their physical, emotional, and mental health needs so that children can focus on learning.
  • Communities in Schools coordinators are available to students in most district buildings. The national dropout prevention organization seeks to connect students and families with needed community resources.
  • Through a partnership with the United Way of York County, the district offers the Youth Court Alliance to the families of students in grade 7 through age 16. An alternative to official court proceedings, the Youth Court Alliance is a student-led effort to help students overcome barriers to attendance and hold them accountable.
  • Check and Connect is an evidenced-based truancy intervention program provided by Pennsylvania Counseling Services that gives students an opportunity to build a trusting relationship with a mentor over a two-year time-frame.
  • The Bearcat Cyber program is available to students in grades 9-12 who prefer an online or blended learning opportunity. This flexibility addresses some students’ truancy issues.
  • The district refers families to free classes hosted by Family-Child Resources to discuss and learn about topics like family communication, limit setting and using consequences.

In addition to these formal programs and services, district staff members will do whatever it takes to help students overcome barriers to attendance.

Sometimes students avoid school because their clothes are dirty and they don’t have access to a washing machine. So, we offer “tub hub” laundry services in some of our schools.

Students understandably don’t want to walk to school in the winter without a coat. When we know about the problem, we give them a coat.

Every district school keeps food, personal hygiene items and clothing on hand to offer to families struggling to make ends meet.

We do these things discreetly and regularly because Bearcats take care of each other.

In accordance with state law, the district will issue citations and refer students to the county Child, Youth and Families agency in cases of habitual truancy.

However, this only happens if a family fails to participate in the process or if a Student Attendance Improvement Plan fails to resolve the truancy problem.

Because truancy issues so often stem from poverty, we believe it is important that the public understands the significant, stubborn and widespread challenges present in York City.

Half of all students who attend the School District of the City of York live in acute poverty, which means they live below the federal poverty line of $24,600 annually for a family of four. Only six out of 500 Pennsylvania school districts have a higher percentage of students living in acute poverty.

Socioeconomic factors have a tremendous impact on student transiency rates. Housing insecurity and homelessness cause students to withdraw from and transfer between schools at an alarming rate. Between August 2017 and June 2018, about 1,400 students had withdrawn from the district and nearly the same number enrolled – a 23 percent turnover in a single year.

Pennsylvania’s new Basic Education Funding Formula allocates money based on need, using factors such as poverty rates and English Language Learners. But it only applies to new money approved by the Legislature.

As a result, the School District of the City of York is under-funded by $52 million.

If the new formula was applied to all state education funding, York City would receive an additional $6,565 per student – more money per student than any other Pennsylvania school district.

With equitable funding, the School District of the City of York would have more resources to combat the effects of poverty that so often lead to student truancy.

District parents invited to learn basic Spanish in workshop

Posted on April 4th, 2019

Through its Title 1 parent liaison office, the School District of the City of York has scheduled a series of workshops open to district parents/guardians who would like to learn basic Spanish.

Starting April 10, the classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30 a.m. at Hannah Penn K-8, 415 E. Boundary Ave., through May 22.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling Elodia Barajas at (717) 600-6365.

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Delayed start in effect for youngest students during PSSA testing weeks

Posted on March 29th, 2019

In order to provide maximum accommodation and support to all of our students during the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), it has become necessary to delay the start of school for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second grades at all schools in the School District of the City of York.

While students in grades 3-8 are taking the PSSA, all students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second grades will have a two-hour delayed start on:

Monday, April 15
Tuesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 17
Thursday, April 18
Monday, April 29
Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3

On the days listed above, students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second grades should report to school at 10 a.m. Please note that breakfast will not be served for students for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First or Second grades on these dates.

Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 should report to school at their regular start time. Breakfast will be served to students in grades 3 through 8. Please encourage your student to come to school prepared to do well on the PSSA.

All students at William Penn Senior High School will come to school at their regularly scheduled time and be dismissed at their regularly scheduled time on each of the days listed above.

Due to the Easter Holiday, all schools in the District are closed on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22.

Students who are bused to school will follow a normal full-day schedule unless parents are contacted by the building principal with changes.

Please contact your child’s school with any further questions regarding the change of schedule during the PSSA testing.

A letter sent home with this information is in the PDF below.

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District announces kindergarten registration details for 2019-20

Posted on March 25th, 2019

The School District of the City of York is accepting online registrations for 2019-20 kindergarten students.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2019 to register for kindergarten during the 2019-20 school year.

Online registration is available to parents/guardians at this link.

Parents/guardians can also register their children for kindergarten at the District Administration building, 31 N. Pershing Ave, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the following dates. No appointment is necessary.

Friday, March 29
Monday, April 8
Friday, April 12

The following documents must be submitted at Registration:
• Original/legal certificate of birth (child’s birth certificate)
• Proof of child’s immunizations
• Proof of residency in the York City School District (utility bill, mortgage statement or lease)
• Photo identification of the child’s parent/legal guardian

For more information, please contact Central Registration at (717) 845-3571, extension 4029 or 4025.

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Kindergarten Registration – English

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Kindergarten Registration – Spanish

STEAM Academy accepting applications for 2019-20 school year

Posted on March 19th, 2019

The Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, a district school that emphasizes a project-based learning approach to education, is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Any student who lives in York City is eligible to apply. The STEAM Academy will serve grades 3 through 10 during the 2019-20 school year.

Students must submit an application to be considered for enrollment. A completed application for each grade level includes a student questionnaire, a parent/guardian questionnaire and a teacher recommendation. Students entering grades 5-10 must also submit an essay and secure a second teacher recommendation.

The deadline for completed applications is Monday, May 13. Applications may be submitted to the main office at the student’s home school or at the STEAM Academy, 701 Texas Ave.

Each application will be reviewed by a committee at the STEAM Academy, and acceptance letters will be sent by Friday, June 3. Students who are placed on the waiting list will be acknowledged via mail by June 7.

For more information, contact the STEAM Academy at (717) 849-1240. Applications are available in PDF format below and in the main offices of each school.

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Grades 3-4 | English

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Grades 5-10 | English

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Grades 3-4 | Spanish

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Grades 5-10 | Spanish

York’s Belmont Theatre announces youth summer programs

Posted on March 14th, 2019

The Belmont Theatre in York has opened registration for its summer 2019 youth programs.

The Belmont 2019 Summer Academy is offering a series of programs for children 5 and older. Programs range in cost from $200 to $400 per child.

More information is available on the theater’s website here and on the flyer below.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bearcats advance to Tuesday (3/12/19) playoff game

Posted on March 11th, 2019

The boys’ basketball team defeated Chartiers Valley on Friday, March 8 to advance to the next round of PIAA 5A playoffs.

The Bearcats will be back on the court Tuesday, March 12 for a 6 p.m. game against Mars. The game location is Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, 1510 N. Montgomery St. in Hollidaysburg.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the athletic office at William Penn Senior High School.

Advance tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but will cost $6 for everyone.

BOYS BASKETBALL: State playoff game set for 6 p.m. Friday (3/8/19)

Posted on March 6th, 2019

The Bearcat basketball season continues Friday at Chambersburg High School with a 6 p.m. state playoff game against Chartiers Valley. Tickets are $3.

We’re sending a fan bus! Tickets for the bus are $5 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis in the athletic office at William Penn. The bus will leave at 4 p.m. from the high school Friday.

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