We have collected answers to some of the most common questions Wallace parents ask as a quick reference. We hope this makes your busy life a little bit easier. If you do not find the answer to your question on this page, please refer to the Student Handbook or contact us.

What should I do if my child must miss a day of school?

Parents or legal guardians should notify the building office by 9:00 a.m. when their child is going to be absent. Parents or guardians may call before school officially begins for the day. Please choose the attendance line to report your child as absent and leave a message. Parents or guardians who fail to notify the school when their child is absent will receive a confirmation call from the school the same day of absence.


What are the guidelines for students riding the bus?

When sending your child on the bus, please make sure your child understands these important safety guidelines:


  • Arrive at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes early.

  • Students must ride the bus assigned to them.

  • Students are to stand back in an orderly line at pick up points until the bus comes to a complete stop.

  • All students are to enter the bus in an orderly fashion.

  • All passengers must be seated immediately upon boarding the bus and must remain seated while the bus is in motion.

  • Loud talking, profanity, scuffling, throwing things, or changing seats are examples of activities that draw the attention of the bus driver from his/her main task of safe operations of the bus. Such actions, or any other action by a rider that creates a safety hazard by demanding unnecessary attention of the driver, is called misconduct by a bus rider. When a rider is guilty of misconduct, he or she will be reported to the principal of his/her school.

  • Eating and drinking will not be permitted on the bus.

  • Paper or litter must be deposited in a garbage can.

  • Students must not extend their heads, arms, or hands out the bus windows.

  • Before leaving the bus, students must remain in their seats until the bus stops; then enter the aisle and go directly to the exit door.

  • Students will express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner without offending or slandering others and without using profane or unacceptable language.

  • The driver will assign seats and may change them at his/her discretion.

  • Students will be assigned bus transportation at the beginning of the school year. There will be no deviation of this assignment unless a student requires a full-time assignment change. (Students may not change bus assignments arbitrarily for visits to friends’ homes, parties, etc.)


Are there guidelines for students who are dropped off/picked up?

Car Rider Information:


  •  There should be no cars in the bus circle.

  • Students will be assisted to find their rooms upon entering the school. Although they will be expected to become quickly independent, the teachers will help in this area.

  • School personnel will supervise the children at dismissal time. Dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.

  • Car riders should be picked up at dismissal at 3:25 p.m. Parents/Guardians should park along High Street and walk to the lobby doors and wait outside to meet their child.  Parent pick up cards will be available from the school office.


Is there a dress code at Wallace Elementary?

Neatness and groomed appearance of the student body reflect the atmosphere of the school. We are committed to conveying the message that the school does not provide a permissive environment for drug and alcohol use, as well as inappropriate acts or behavior. Dress should convey a sense of self-respect for self and others. Clothing and shoes should also provide for the safety of each child. The following guidelines are recommended:


  • Clothing displaying alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or obscene material shall not be worn to school.

  • Clothing that is racially or ethnically offensive shall not be worn to school.
    Attire that is generally offensive, suggestive, vulgar, revealing, or disruptive to students or staff shall not be permitted.

  • Attire shall be neat, clean, and worn in its intended manner. No undergarments may be exposed.

  • Head apparel, hats, or sunglasses shall not be worn inside the building.

  • Midriff area must be covered with material at all times.

  • The length of skirts, shorts, and dresses must be lower than the mid-thigh or a length deemed appropriate.

  • Heavy outer garments such as trench coats, jackets, or winter coats should not be worn in the classrooms during the school day.

  • Tank tops, see-through blouses, halter tops, muscle shirts, and any apparel with thin spaghetti straps are not appropriate school attire. All shorts must be an appropriate length.

  • Close-toed and secured shoes are suggested for your child’s safety. Flip flops are not appropriate for school activities and are not to be worn.


What are Wallace's homework guidelines?

Homework assignments are purposeful in content and are assigned according to the student’s ability level. The goal of homework is to provide for the practice and maintenance of mastered skills and for the development of student responsibility. We encourage all concerned persons to work together in support of the homework practices and procedures adopted.

Total minutes of homework per night:

  • Kindergarten: 15-20 minutes

  • 1st Grade: 25-30 minutes


What is the procedure for taking medicine during the day?

The West York Area School District recognizes parents/guardians have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. Although the school nurse strongly recommends medication be given in the home, we realize that the health of some children require that they receive medication while in school.

Parents/Guardians should confer with the child’s physician to arrange medication time intervals to avoid school hours whenever possible. When medication absolutely must be given during school hours, certain procedures must be followed.

For Prescription and Non-Prescription Medications:

1.  A written order must be provided by a prescribing physician for any medication,

     including over the counter medication, to be administered at school.

2.  The parents must sign the consent form for any medication to be administered at


3.  For any medication to be given during school hours, the doctor’s order must contain:

                  a.  Name of the drug.

                  b.  Why the medication is to be given.

                  c.  The route, time, frequency, or under what conditions the medication 

                       should be administered.

                  d.  Dosage of medication.

                  e.  Date medications are to be discontinued.

                  f.   If applicable, signed permission for the student to self-administer asthma


4.  A medication log will be kept for any child receiving medication during school hours.

5.  Students are not permitted to carry medication to school (this will include over-the-

counter medication).  All medications must be delivered to school by the parent or guardian.

6.  The medication must be brought to school in the original container.

7.  Any changes to medication administration must be accompanied by a doctor’s order.

8.  Students with the following conditions may carry medication with a physician’s order.

            1. Asthmatics – inhalers

            2. Diabetics – insulin or oral medication, supplies, glucose tabs

            3. Severe Allergies – Epi-Pen

 9.  All medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian by the last day of school or

     the medicine will be discarded.  Medications cannot be held over the summer months

     or sent home with children.


How will I be notified of school closures?

School closures, delays, and late buses due to weather or other emergencies will be announced over the following:


  • Automatic Calling System (ACS)
    (Please note, it is very important to keep your telephone number(s) current with the district to ensure you will receive timely information about school closings, delays, and/or emergency situations)


  • Local Television Stations
    WGAL-TV Channel 8
    WHTM-TV Channel 27
    WHP-TV Channel 21

      WPMT FOX - Channel 43


If schools are announced as beginning one hour late, all buses will be delayed for one hour. If schools are announced two hours late, all buses will be delayed for two hours.

If schools are announced as beginning one hour late, morning kindergarten hours will be 10:00 until 11:45 a.m. If schools are announced as beginning two hours late, the modified kindergarten schedule will be as follows:

Session Time:

  • Morning 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • Afternoon 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please note Snow Make-Up Days on the district calendar. Attendance is expected on all Make-Up Days.


How often will you send report cards home with my child?

All students in grade 1 attending Wallace Elementary will receive a "Progress Report" four times a year. All kindergarten students are evaluated the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th marking periods.



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