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Coronavirus: York County schools will go all virtual after holiday breaks

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Learning in the York County School Division will shift to all remote the weeks following holiday breaks.

Temporarily.

The decision was made during a York County School Board meeting Monday night — as the division has evaluated the potential spike following the holidays, a temporary shift to the remote learning for all students the week following Thanksgiving Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. and the week after the school’s winter break Jan. 4-8 is necessary.

Employees should complete the division’s Daily Health Screening and report to work onsite, as scheduled, those weeks, division officials said.

A presentation during the meeting reviewed student academic performance during the first quarter, action steps underway to support students, staffing and substitute levels, and current health metrics, as well as YCSD Superintendent Victor D. Shandor’s recommendations for next steps.

As cases are rising in the country, York County and Virginia may not be at the level of other areas, we are still facing an increase. As the cases increase, contact tracing and effective quarantine procedures are essential to keeping schools open, according to a letter penned by Shandor to families and division staff.

YCSD has announced new target dates for students in grades seven through 12 to move to the Hybrid Model.

Nov. 30 Staff report 4 days in-person to prepare for shift to Hybrid;
All students temporarily learn in Remote Model​
Dec. 7-18 Grades PreK-6; EL and self-contained resume Hybrid Model
Jan. 4 All staff report 4 days in-person; students temporarily learn in Remote Model
Jan. 11 Grades PreK-6; EL and self-contained resume Hybrid Model
Grades 7,8,9 or 12 could possibly begin Hybrid Model*
Jan. 19 Grades 7,8, 9 or 12 could possibly begin Hybrid Model*
Feb. 1 Remaining grades could possibly begin Hybrid Model

*One or more of these grades, dependent on staffing and health metrics

“While we are committed to moving forward, we must also remain flexible. We have stated numerous times that our Return to School plan is a living document and it may become necessary to move between the models. If that happens, we will work to provide as much notice to our families and staff as we can,” Shandor wrote in the letter. “I encourage families and staff to be prepared for that possibility,” said York County superintendent Victor D. Shandor in a letter addressed to YSCD families and staff.”

Read the superintendent’s full letter here.

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