Teachers and staff have been preparing for a new school year in the West York Area School District, and in some cases also setting up their classrooms in a new building.

The start of the school year marks the first days of the district's reconfiguration, in which students will attend school based on grade level instead of district address.

Second- and third-graders will attend Lincolnway Elementary School, and fourth- and fifth-graders will attend Trimmer Elementary School. First-graders and kindergartners will attend Wallace and Loucks elementary schools. Loucks will close after the construction project at Wallace is complete, expected to be July 2015.

Students received their teacher assignments in the past week, said assistant superintendent Paula Rudy.

For younger students especially, a nametag sent out with the back-to-school packet has a symbol that matches their building assignment. For example, students with red circles on their nametags will look for the red circle sign posted outside their school building. That system will hopefully help students get to where they need to be as they adjust to bus routes dropping students off at three elementary buildings, Rudy said.