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.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: On a winning streak, Bearcats compete again Thursday (2/21)

Posted on February 19th, 2019

Having clinched the title of YAIAA Division 1 champions for the fifth time since 2009, the Bearcats will compete at home Thursday against Northeastern for the second round of playoffs.

The Bearcats defeated New Oxford on Friday for the league title. On Monday, the team beat Gettysburg 85-50 in the first round of the District III boys 5A basketball championships.

Game 2 vs. Northeastern is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (2/21) at William Penn Senior High School. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only and will cost $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Information about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Posted on February 14th, 2019

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012.  This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary schools within this Commonwealth that ranked in the lowest 15% of its designation as elementary for the 2013-14 school year based on the combined Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments (PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone) administered in the 2014.

Please click here for more information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, including instructions to apply and parental responsibilities regarding child enrollment. More information is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here.

The following district schools are designated as low-achieving:

Davis K-8

Devers K-8

Ferguson K-8

Goode K-8

Hannah Penn K-8

Jackson K-8

McKinley K-8

William Penn Senior High School

CALENDAR UPDATE: Schools will be open Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 11

Posted on February 6th, 2019

To minimize students’ exposure to extremely cold temperatures, the district closed all schools on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31. As a result, the district will be open and students will be expected to report to school on the two remaining “snow make-up days” built into the 2018-19 calendar (which you can review here). Those days are Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 11.

We have decided to operate on an early dismissal schedule on Friday, Feb. 15. This will allow teachers and parents/guardians to schedule parent/teacher conferences that were cancelled when schools closed due to the cold weather.

When schools operate on an early dismissal schedule, K-8 students are dismissed at 1:30 p.m. and William Penn Senior High School students are dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Students at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy and all Pre-K students are dismissed at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 11 will operate on a full-day schedule.

Consider scheduling a parent/teacher conference with your child’s teacher on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 15. Contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to make an appointment.

The following letter to parents/guardians has been sent home with students.

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Preparing for cold weather: Here’s what parents/guardians should know

Posted on January 28th, 2019

Forecasters predict very cold temperatures in the York area through the end of this week. A letter from Acting Superintendent Dr. Andrea Berry is going home with students today (1/28/19) with helpful information about the District’s plan to notify families of closings/delays and ways we can work together to keep children safe and warm.

A PDF version of the letter is available here, and the text in both English and Spanish follows below:

Dear Bearcat Families,

I hope this letter finds you well on the 100th day of the 2018-19 school year! From our Pre-K youngsters to the Class of 2019 at William Penn Senior High School, the Bearcats are making us all so proud. I cannot wait for the spring season of musicals, art shows, science fairs and graduation ceremonies.

Though we may have begun the “spring” semester, winter is still upon us. Over the next few days, meteorologists have predicted very cold temperatures for the York area. I want us all to be as prepared as possible, so please take note of the following reminders:

Delays/Closings: If it is necessary to close or delay school for any reason, you will find that message delivered promptly on the following platforms: District website (; District Facebook page (; District Twitter account (@yorkcityschools); WGAL; CBS21; FOX43; ABC27; and robo calls. Please note that our system delivers robo calls only to the primary contact person for each child. If you do not receive a robo call, check with the office staff at your child’s school to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Clothing: Kids grow fast, and it’s not always easy to maintain a wardrobe of cold-weather clothing for them. If you need some help with clothing items like gloves and hats, contact your child’s school. Each building maintains a supply of clothing items that students may need to stay safe and warm during the winter. You can also contact your school’s social worker or Communities in Schools site coordinator for additional resources.

Arrival to School: On extremely cold mornings, we will open the schools to accommodate early arrivals. The safety of our students is our top priority. However, we ask that you work with us by arranging for your child to arrive at school no more than 15 minutes before the official start time. Though it may be inconvenient, this is particularly important on one-hour and two-hour delay days because staff member schedules are also delayed.

Thank you so much for the privilege of educating your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school or District Administration at (717) 845-3571. Stay warm!


Andrea Berry, Ed. D.
Acting Superintendent of Schools


Estimadas Familias Bearcat,

¡Espero que esta carta los encuentre bien en el día número 100 de año escolar 2018-2019! Desde nuestros pequeñitos del Pre-Kínder hasta la Clase del 2019 de la Escuela Preparatoria William Penn, los Bearcats nos están haciendo sentir muy orgullosos. No puedo esperar a la temporada de primavera de musicales, exposiciones de arte, ferias de Ciencias y ceremonias de graduación.

Aunque ya hemos comenzado el semestre de “primavera”, el invierno todavía no termina. Los próximos días, los meteorólogos han precedido temperaturas muy frías para el área de York. Quiero que todos estén lo más preparados posible, así que por favor haga nota de lo siguientes recordatorios:

Entradas Tarde/Cierre de Escuelas: Si es necesario cerrar la escuela o entrar tarde a la escuela por cualquier razón, usted se va a dar cuenta que mandaremos un mensaje puntualmente en las siguientes plataformas: Pagina del Distrito (; Pagina de Facebook del Distrito (; Cuenta de Twitter del Distrito (@yorkcityschools);  canales de televisión WGAL; CBS21; FOX43; ABC27; y llamadas generales (robo-calls) para todo el distrito. Por favor tenga en cuenta que nuestro sistema de llamadas (robo-calls) solo entrega llamadas a la persona de contacto principal para cada niño. Si usted no recibe una llamada general (robo-call), chequee con el personal de la oficina de su escuela para asegurarse que la información de contacto este actualizada.

Ropa: Los niños crecen muy rápido, y no es fácil tener y guardar la ropa de invierno para ellos. Si usted necesita ayuda con algo de ropa como guantes y gorras, póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo. Cada escuela mantiene un suministro de ropa que los estudiantes puedan necesitar para estar abrigados y seguros durante el invierno. Usted también se puede comunicar con la trabajadora social de su escuela o con el coordinador del programa Communities in Schools en cada escuela para otros recursos adicionales.

Llegadas a la Escuela: En las mañanas que estén extremadamente frías, abriremos las escuelas para acomodar a los estudiantes que lleguen temprano. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra mayor prioridad. Sin embargo, le pedimos que trabaje con nosotros al hacer arreglos para que su hijo llegue a la escuela no más de 15 minutos antes de la hora oficial de entrada. Aunque pudiera ser algún inconveniente, esto es particularmente importante en los días de una-hora y dos-horas de entrada tarde porque el horario de los miembros del personal también es atrasado.

Muchas gracias por el privilegio de educar a sus hijos. Si ustedes tienen alguna pregunta o preocupaciones, por favor póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo o con la Administración del Distrito al (717) 845-3571. ¡Cuídense y abríguense!


Andrea Berry, Ed. D.
Superintendente de Escuelas en Turno


Registration open for YMCA spring sports programs

Posted on January 14th, 2019

The York YMCA is now accepting financial assistance applications and registrations for multiple programs beginning in early February. 

Group Basketball Training for ages 6-11 begins Feb. 4. A Co-ed Floor Hockey program for ages 11-14 and a Co-ed Indoor Soccer League for ages 4-11 begins Feb. 9. 

Girls interested in learning fundamental volleyball skills can join the Intramural Volleyball Program, which begins Feb. 11. 

Registrations with payments will be accepted up until two days before the start of the program. To apply for financial assistance, stop by the York YMCA membership desk to receive a financial assistance application form. Return the form no later than five days prior to the start of the program.

Free English classes offered to parents, guardians of District students

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

The School District of the City of York is offering free English-as-a-second-language classes to the parents and guardians of District students.

Beginning on Jan. 14, 2019, classes will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 21, 2019. Childcare will be provided to children ages 5 to 11.

Beginner and advanced level English classes will be offered at two locations:

Jackson K-8, 177 E. Jackson St.
District Administration, 31 N. Pershing Ave.

Registration is required, and the deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 11. To register, contact one of the following:

Gabriela De Hart | (717) 801-2852
Sandra Rojas | (717) 819-2290
Elodia Barajas | (717) 600-6365

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Hispanic Coalition, William Penn Music Boosters raising funds

Posted on December 17th, 2018

The York Hispanic Coalition is selling car wash passes to Mister Car Wash as a fundraising effort for its scholarship program to benefit Latino students pursuing higher education.

Contact Gabriela DeHart at for more information.

The William Penn Music Boosters, a parent organization supporting all district music programs, is selling Giant gift cards.

For more information, contact Beth Fogleman at or (717) 332-5261.

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