We have collected answers to some of the most common questions WYAMS 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 on the same day of absence.
What are the guidelines for students riding the bus?
In order to provide safety to passengers, and effective use of buses, the following rules are established to regulate the conduct of school bus passengers:
Students must ride the bus assigned to them. Parental written request must be approved by an administrator prior to the student riding a non-assigned bus.
Students are to stand back in an orderly line at pick-up points until the bus comes to a complete halt.
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. The driver has the right to assign seats.
Any action by a rider that creates a safety hazard by demanding unnecessary attention of the driver is called misconduct by the bus rider. When a rider is guilty of misconduct, he/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 the box provided, not on the floor.
Students must not extend their heads, arms, or hands out of 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 must return from cocurricular activities on the same bus unless approved by the principal.
Students arriving by bus must enter the school and remain in the appropriate areas for the start of the school day. Students riding the bus home must remain in the lobby or in the bus loading area from the end of classes until boarding.
For the safety of our students, video cameras are assigned to all buses.
Is there a dress code at the middle school?
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 will not be worn to school.
Clothing that is racially or ethnically offensive will not be worn to school. Attire that is generally offensive, suggestive, vulgar, revealing, or disruptive to students or staff will not be permitted.
Attire will be neat, clean, and worn in its intended manner. NO undergarments may be exposed at any time.
Head apparel and sunglasses are not permitted to be worn inside the building.
Midriff area should be covered with material at all times. It is the right of the student to govern the length of his/her hair. If the length or style of hair causes disruption of the education process, constitutes a health or safety hazard, or presents a problem, the student will be required to alter their hair.
Heavy outer garments such as trench coats, jackets, or winter coats should only be worn before and after school, not in the classrooms.
Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be at least mid-thigh.
Any garment which is deemed to be too revealing or tight-fitting will not be permitted. Note: Tank tops, see-through blouses, low cut shirts/blouses, halter-tops, muscle shirts, and any apparel with thin spaghetti straps are not acceptable. Shoulders must be covered at all times.
Flip-flops and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted in Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, Art and Physical EducationStudents should not wear any clothing or accessory that disrupts the educational process. The administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of attire. Any student dressed inappropriately will be asked to change or cover the article of clothing or accessory. If the student does not have an alternative item of clothing to wear, the school will provide clothing located on the team.
What are the middle school'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.
Make sure they understand the assignment, its purpose, due date and how it should be done prior to leaving class.
Develop a personal system, such as the student agenda, for recording and keeping track of daily assignments.
Remember to take home appropriate materials necessary for the completion of all homework assignments.
Organize their after-school schedule, so as to provide sufficient time to complete all homework assignments.
Be neat and turn in all assignments on time.
Do their own assignments.
Arrange with the teacher to make up homework assignments, missed due to illness, on the day the student returns to school.
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
Our Website: ()
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.
Please note Snow Make-Up Days on the district calendar. Attendance is expected on all Make-Up Days.
What is the middle school's grading scale?
Advanced 92% - 100%
Proficient 80% - 91%
Basic 70% - 79%
Below Basic 0% - 69%
How do I access my child's grades online?
The West York Area School District utilizes an online Community Portal to give parents/guardians of secondary level students at West York an easier more convenient way to access information regarding their students. To access the Community Portal click here.