On Tuesday, July 14th, our Board of Trustees approved our district's 2020-2021 Reopening Plan. This plan provides two options for our families: a virtual academy and a face-to-face opportunity. Our Board-approved plan for the mode of face-to-face instruction is to be determined by the level of spread of COVID-19 in our community. In times of low virus spread, we would operate in a traditional model, with all students present five days a week with enhanced safety protocols. In a medium level of virus spread, we would operate in a hybrid model utilizing a combination of face-to-face and remote instruction. In times of high virus spread, we would provide instruction in a fully remote manner. Full details of our plan are located at www.york.k12.sc.us/tlc.
However, the Honorable Governor Henry McMaster announced today new recommendations for the state regarding the return to school for the upcoming school year. The recommendations provide only two options for instruction; a full return to face-to-face learning, five days a week, or an entirely virtual option for those that choose not to return to face-to-face learning.
While this has not been mandated, Governor McMaster stated he instructed the South Carolina Department of Education to reject any plan that does not include a full face-to-face return of students. This has forced the district to re-evaluate our plan under these new guidelines. We will be sharing more information with parents as we get further clarification from the State Department of Education.
Along with the recommendation for school options, Governor McMaster also recommended that schools delay opening until September 8, 2020. As such, we will re-evaluate the school calendar and will share any changes to the calendar as soon as they are determined.
We understand our parents and staff have begun preparing for a return to school and this new uncertainty will cause more stress and anxiety. We will work quickly to notify our parents and staff of any changes as soon as they are determined.
In conclusion, I want to stress our focus has been directed toward protecting the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff while giving students the best possible learning experience that is as close to normal as health and safety allow. That remains unchanged.
York School District One