Families with kids at the York County School Division can let their kids sleep in on Thursday.
The school division announced on Wednesday all schools will be closed for all students, including those learning remotely.
“This closure is in response to expected overnight wintry weather in our area as well as increased opportunities for a significant number of division staff to receive their first COVID-19 vaccinations,” according to the YCSD’s announcement. “Middle and high school students with planned remediation appointments on Thursday may be rescheduled to Friday.”
“Affected students will be notified,” the statement noted.
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For the past couple of weeks, students in grades Pre-K through sixth grade have been attending school in a hybrid format with virtual and in-person learning days.
“Unfortunately, while we would like to continue moving forward, we do not have the capacity to safely shift more grade levels into the Hybrid Model at this time,” according to the YCSD’s Return to School update on Jan. 25. “Once transmission rates begin to trend downward and more staff have begun the immunization process, we will reassess our operational integrity (staffing) to identify new target dates for grades 7-11 to enter the Hybrid Model.”
While students have the day off on Thursday, the school staff does not. Most employees have a “two-hour delay” except for custodians and maintenance staff, who are required to come to work on time.
It is not clear whether the division will cancel after school athletics programs at this time.
“The ability to hold after school athletic events will be assessed tomorrow morning and will be communicated before noon,” according to the YCSD’s statement announcing the schools’ closure.
#YCSDAlert: All schools will be closed for students, including Virtual Academy, tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, 2021….
Posted by York County School Division on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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