The following update was sent via email and SMS text to all district parents on January 19, 2021:
The District has announced that the instructional model will remain unchanged for all grade levels through the first week in February. The current model is outlined below:
Current Instructional Mode:
- Students in PK – Grade 6 attend face-to-face school four days per week, with remote/eLearning learning on Wednesdays (SEE Day).
- Students in Grades 7 – 12 attend school on the Hybrid Model AA/SEE/BB.
With this delay, the secondary schools (middle and high) now have a target date to move to the 4+1 model on February 8, 2021, if it is safe to do so.
While York County is at a high incident and positivity rate, the YSD1 student and staff positivity rates remain low (LINK TO COVID DASHBOARD). However, due to detailed contact tracing, a higher number of individuals were quarantined following the winter holiday break. In an abundance of caution, the District will continue to monitor the number of quarantined individuals for another two weeks to confirm that the positivity rates remain low.
The District remains committed to monitoring our data daily to make operational decisions that are in the best interest of our students and staff. Moving forward, the District will notify families at least two weeks before we make any change from the Hybrid A/B/SEE model to the 4 +1 model at the secondary level. If there is a need to delay the February 8 start date for the 4 +1 model, the District will notify families on Wednesday, January 27.
Additionally, while we are excited Governor McMaster included school personnel in the COVID vaccine dissemination for Phase 1B, we do not have an updated timeline for when we expect Phase 1B to begin. However, please know, the District is working on a coordinated plan with health officials to rapidly and efficiently make the vaccines available to staff. Although it is not clear when Phase 1B will begin, we remain hopeful that implementing the vaccine could help the consistency of school models for families and staff for the second semester.
Next Update: Wednesday, January 27, 2021