Transportation

Students residing in a home district that provides busing are eligible to be bussed to and from York Academy. Please contact your home district’s department of transportation for opportunities to utilize their transportation. York Academy does not provide transportation, therefore it is imperative that you discuss your child’s transportation needs with your home district.

With summer approaching, we are asking that district transportation forms be completed as soon as possible so your home district can start planning their routes for the fall. If the district does not receive a form from you, they will assume that your child does not need transportation for the 2021-22 school year. Here are links to the forms for each district:

Central York School District

Dover Area School District
Eastern York School District
Red Lion Area School District
Dallastown Area School District
Spring Grove Area School District]
York Suburban School District
Northeastern School District
School District of the City of York
West York Area School District (online form)

  • West York is now utilizing a Google Form instead of a paper form. All required information and documentation must be provided through this online form. The district will send you a confirmation email once your information has been received. Read a letter from the district about this change.

All districts require two proofs of residency listing the correct address in the parent/guardian's name.

One proof must be a current mortgage, lease document, agreement of sale or rental agreement signed by both parties. The second proof must show the identical name and address, and should be a valid driver's license, valid vehicle owner's card, or current utility bill (current = last 30 days). A photo ID is preferred.  



Children are not permitted to enter the Lower School before 7:30 a.m., unless they are enrolled in our Before School Care Program through the JCC. If your child is participating in the breakfast program, he or she should report directly to the cafeteria at that time. Students must arrive for breakfast by 7:45 a.m. so they have enough time to eat.

Upon enrollment at York Academy, and every year thereafter, each student will fill out a Request for Transportation Form. York Academy’s transportation coordinator will communicate with the student’s home district to make the necessary arrangements for transportation. Each school year, information regarding bus transportation will be sent home to parents. Parents who move to a new home, within or outside of the original sending district, must inform York Academy of their new address. York Academy administration will contact the student’s sending district to inform them of the change.
Parents driving students to the Lower School can pull into the gravel lot across from the Simpson Station (playground). You may not park or drop off students on Beaver Street. York City has posted a variety of “No Parking” signs all along the southbound side. The eastbound lane cannot be utilized for parking, stopping or dropping off students, since this is the bus lane. The bus is active between the hours of 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Please note that York City Parking enforcement will be ticketing throughout the year.
Since York Academy does not own the land or parking lots surrounding the Lower School, make sure to pay attention to the posted parking signs. The dismissal process is designed to limit your need to park long-term. Lower School dismissal begins at 3:15 p.m. with bus students, followed by K-3 at 3:20 p.m. and grades 3 – 6 at 3:25 p.m. Parents should be able to park close by for 15 minutes or less, walk to the gate, pick up their child(ren) and return to their car.

LATE PICK UP

Unless there is a special schedule, all students are officially dismissed by 3:25 p.m.

Staff will stay with children in the playground area at the Lower School until 3:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. we will take any remaining students to the front office to be watched by staff while we call their parents. If you have difficulty in picking up your student(s) by 3:30 p.m. each day, please contact one of the following after school programs to arrange child care.

• JCC: (717) 843-0918 (on-site at the York Academy)
• Crispus Attucks: (717) 718-9620
• Lighthouse Youth Center: (717) 843-7995
• Lots of Love: (717) 962-0305
• Sunshine Day Care: (717) 846-2273
• Fairview Early Learning Center: (717) 900-1962
• PA Preparatory Academy: (717) 817-2188 
• Magical Days Learning Center: (717) 764-1750
• YWCA Childcare Center: (717) 845-2631

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

All transportation changes must be made by 1:30 p.m. on the day of the change. This includes leaving early for appointments. If this happens you can:

• Send a note with your child
• Call the Lower School Office at (717) 801-3900 or the Upper School Office at (717) 900-5001
• Contact Yailine Eshelman, Administrative Assistant/Transportation Coordinator, at (717) 801-3900 or yeshelman@yorkarcs.org. 

We understand that emergency situations happen. However, after two late pick-ups you will receive a letter from the school. After the third late pick-up, you will be required to attend a meeting with the Transportation Coordinator and Administration.

If you have any questions about transportation, please contact Yailine Eshelman at (717) 801-3900 or yeshelman@yorkarcs.org.