YORK Co., Va. - York County Schools are planning to bring back more students to in person learning beginning February 22.
Students in grades 7-11 will be returning in a hybrid model.
Beginning Monday February 22, 11th grade students will return to school. These students will be followed by grades seven and nine on Monday March 1, and grades eight and 10 on Monday March 8. As with other grade levels, students will be scheduled to attend school in-person two days per week as part of either Cohort 1 (last names A-K) or Cohort 2 (last names L-Z), the school division said.
Each school will provide information for your child's grade level. You can learn more about safety protocols in place for students as they return to buildings on the division’s Return to School website by clicking here.
The notice to parents said community transmission rates - while still in the highest category - have declined significantly over the last two weeks. In that same time, officials said they have also seen improvement in staffing levels. In addition to monitoring those metrics, division and school administrators continued to prepare and plan for the safe return of students in grades 7-11.
The notice went on to say, "Dr. Shandor participated in a meeting with Virginia Superintendent of Instruction Dr. James Lane and superintendents from across the state to review updated guidance issued by the CDC Friday afternoon. Much of this guidance aligns with the approach YCSD has adopted throughout this school year, placing greater reliance on effective mitigation strategies. Our staff and students have clearly demonstrated that adhering to the protocols we have in place makes our schools safe in the midst of this pandemic. As such, we have confidence in resuming our plan to bring all grade levels into the Hybrid Model."