York County school officials outline plan for returning some students to in-person learning

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 11:17:10-04

YORK Co., Va. - York County school officials presented updates Monday on the start of the school year and plans for returning students to in-person learning.

In accordance with the School Board’s vote on July 23, school staff say they have established target dates to begin in-person instruction for identified student groups prior to the end of the first nine weeks.

School officials also say that the target dates are tentative and subject to health and operation metrics remaining at levels that support safety and operational integrity.

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York County Schools website states that, "This use of a gradual return will allow the division to monitor and assess operations and instruction and make any necessary adjustments. As we evaluate our staffing levels for in-person instruction based on these target dates, we will be able to establish the appropriate model/schedule for each student group as they return."

According to the school division's plan, the staff meet with representatives from the Peninsula Health District to receive updates on COVID-19 statistics in York County and the surrounding region. These health metrics, along with division operational metrics are posted on the division Return to School website weekly. Rates will be considered fluctuating, rather than increasing or decreasing, if the rates are for a period of time less than 14 consecutive days.

Each year, parents receive back-to-school paperwork to be completed for each child. Forms that are due in September are now available in Rycor, the division’s forms and online payment system. You can log in, or create your account if you don’t have one yet, click on the student’s name and look for “New Items” at the bottom of the screen.

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If you are unable to complete the forms online, contact your child’s school for assistance.

You can watch the 'School Board Special Meeting' from September 14, at this link.