- The elementary day begins as 9:00 AM and ends at 3:25 PM.
- Morning Kindergarten begins at 9:00 AM and is dismissed at 11:35 am.
- Afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:55 pm and is dismissed at 3:25 pm.
- Students should not be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 am.
The new layout of Pequea allows for separate entrances and exits for cars and buses. We ask that you please assist us in ensuring everyone is safe and respectful of property during this time. No cars may enter the bus driveway during the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM. All vehicles should enter the parking lot from Bauer Avenue.
As parents arrive to drop off and pick up students, they should remain in their vehicles in a single-file line and students will enter the building and exit the building independently while supervised by staff members. Please be sure you notify the office of who is picking your child up. If it is someone unknown by the school, they may be asked to show photo ID before your child is released to their care.
We ask that if you need to enter the building, you park in an appropriate parking space and use the main entrance at the front of the building only, this includes arrival and dismissal times. Visitors will not be permitted to enter from other doors during our arrival/dismissal times. We appreciate your cooperation in assisting us in the supervision and safety of all students.
Penn Manor School District welcomes and encourages opportunities to engage volunteers. That being said, our number one priority for all students is a safe and supportive learning environment. Pennsylvania now requires all volunteers to obtain clearances.
Clearances are now free for school volunteers with the exception of the FBI Criminal Background. You can learn more about the clearances required and how to get them on the Penn Manor website. Please contact us if you need assistance with your clearances.
All visitors are required to enter from the main entrance of the school at the front of the building. Visitors will need to sign in at the office and must exchange their keys or ID for a visitor’s badge.
Parents will not be permitted to go to classrooms during the school day unless prior arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher and principal. We are happy to assist with delivering forgotten items, notes, etc. to your child or child’s teacher. We appreciate your cooperation.
Two Hour Delay (Modified Kindergarten)
- Students will be picked up two hours later than regularly scheduled.
- Morning kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:45 pm for parent pick up.
- Afternoon kindergarten can be dropped-off between 1:35 pm and 1:40 pm.
- School will start at 1:45 pm and be dismissed at 3:25 pm.
Delays and early dismissals are announced radio stations: WDAC, WIOV, WLAN, WSBA, WQXA, WJTL and WRKZ and TV stations: WGAL and WLYH.
Please do NOT call the school for this information.
* Weather related information will also be posted on our blog, text message updates, and Twitter.Click here to view our communication page.
Loose fitting clothing or footwear (including flip flops), which could cause injury, is not appropriate for school. Students no wearing appropriate footwear will have limited participation in outside activities. Shorts should be long enough to reach fingertips when students are standing up straight. Spaghetti strap shirts and muscle shirts will not be permitted.
As defined in the school board policy: Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
- Substantial interference with a student’s education.
- Creation of a threatening environment.
- Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
- Required counseling within school.
- Parent conference.
- Loss of privileges.
- Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.
- Referrals to counseling outside of school.
- Referral to law enforcement officials.
Technology is an essential part of curriculum and instruction at Penn Manor School District. Over the past 10 years the district has expanded classroom technology availability, promoted teacher professional development and worked to weave technology into the fabric of student learning experiences.
Just as technology has become a part of our classrooms, students have also embraced technology for communication, homework and personal studies. In the past, the use of student owned cell phones, laptops, netbooks and iPods was forbidden during the school day. Penn Manor School District has recognized the importance of allowing students to utilize their own personal technology at school for legitimate instructional activities. For this reason, all district school buildings now offer filtered guest wireless access for students in all grade levels. Student and parents need to be aware of several rules and requirements before a device is brought to school:
- The student is solely responsible for any equipment that he/she brings to school. Penn Manor School District is no liable for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.
- Student use of personal electronic devices is still prohibited during the school day unless a teacher or principal grants permission.
- The guest wireless network is to be used solely for educational purposes. Any device being used for non-educational use will be subject to disciplinary policies outlined in the student handbook.
- Penn Manor IT staff and teachers do not install software or assist with personal student devices. Additionally, the district is not responsible for technical malfunctions on personal devices. Students are responsible for securing their devices with software updates and anti-virus tools.
- Additional details on the student guest network are available online: http://www.pennmanor.net/techblog/?p=699.
We are thrilled to offer this exciting new service and hope you and your child will be too. Questions related to the student guest wireless service may be directed to Charlie Reisinger, IT Director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be assigned seats and MUST remain seated until the bus arrives at their bus stop. They will be expected to keep the aisles clear and avoid all behaviors that may divert the driver’s attention from driving safely. If damage is done to the bus, the offender will pay for it. Respect for the driver and for other students will be expected at all times. Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Students who violate bus rules or jeopardize the safety of bus riders may forfeit their bus riding privileges.
BUS BEHAVIOR POLICY
We will continue using a “Three Strikes, You’re Off” system to address inappropriate behavior. Be aware that the following disciplinary steps will be taken when bus issues are brought to my attention:
First strike: Bus Referral 1
The student will lose their recess privileges for the day and the referral will be sent home to parents, which needs to be signed and returned the following school day. Students may not regain their recess until the office receives the signed note.
Second strike: Bus Referral 2
The student will lose their recess privileges for the week and the referral will be sent home to parents, which needs to be signed and returned the following school day. Students may not regain their recess until the office receives the signed note. In addition, the student’s seat will be moved to allow for closer supervision by the bus driver.
Third strike, you’re “OFF”: Bus Referral 3
The student will lose their recess privileges for one week and lose their bus privileges for a period of time to be decided by the principal. The bus referral will be sent home for parent signature and must be returned the following school day. During this time, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.
*Exception: Any physical aggression may result in an immediate bus suspension per the principal’s discretion.
Additionally, the district policy states that each student will be assigned one bus and one bus stop. Either the district transportation director or school administrator must approve all changes, in advance. These changes will only be permitted for emergency situations.
Outdoor Recess Information
Indoor Recess Information
At Pequea Elementary we ask that you refrain from bringing pets inside the building. There are many children who are highly allergic to different types of animals and we need to be sensitive to their individual situation.
Due to the potential interruption to the learning environment and the danger of them being broken, lost or stolen, these items are NOT to be brought on the bus or to school.