2020-21

HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN

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Family COVID-19

Information Packet 

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Familia COVID-19

Paquete de información en español

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Athletic

Health & Safety Plan 

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CURRENT

COMMUNICATIONS

En español

AUGUST 7, 2020

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JULY 31, 2020

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JULY 28, 2020

BOARD PRESENTATION

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JULY 1, 2020

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JUNE 23, 2020

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JUNE 22, 2020 

BOARD PRESENTATION

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JUNE 17, 2020

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JUNE 16, 2020

BOARD PRESENTATION

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JUNE 11, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions

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VIDEOS

June 23, 2020

Rapid containment

and communication protocols

June 24, 2020

Maintaining the health

and safety of students and staff

RESOURCES

HEALTH CARE HELP

PREVIOUS 

COMMUNICATIONS

March 6, - May 30, 2020

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COVID-19 RESOURCES

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MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT

Friday, August 7, 2020

This communication supersedes all previous communication. 

Previous communications are archived on the District’s COVID-19 Webpage
 

Greetings, West York Area School District Community:

 

     In last week’s communication, I outlined our Board approved plans for reopening schools later this month. Our principals and building faculty and staff are hard at work preparing and planning to offer our students the best possible educational experience, despite the extraordinary circumstances that are affecting all of us.

 

Transportation Survey

 

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, we opened a Transportation Survey to ascertain how many students will be riding buses to and from school. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. Your responses will go a long way as we adjust our building-level arrival/dismissal procedures. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey, I encourage you to take a few minutes this weekend to do so. Please know the survey will be open through 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

 

Responding to Questions from Families

 

    Building principals have created and shared a survey with families with children in their buildings. The purpose of the survey is to gather building and grade-level questions about reopening and the 2020-21 school year. Principals will respond to those questions through a video, next week. 

 

Important Reopening Dates

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

  • All faculty and staff will return to our buildings for a full week of planning, preparation, and professional development.

 

Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and all 9th Grade students will attend

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

  • All students, K-8th Grade, will attend

  • Students in grades 9-12 on the “A” schedule attend

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

  • All students, K-8th Grade attend

  • Students in grades 9-12 on the “B” schedule attend

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • All students, K-8th Grade attend

  • Students in grades 9-12 on the “A” schedule attend

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

  • All students, K-8th Grade attend

  • Students in grades 9-12 on the “B” schedule attend

 

Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Regular weekly schedule for K-8th Grade begins: M, T, Th, F, with a Distance Learning Wednesday

  • Students in grades 9-12 will attend on the designated A/B schedule outlined by Principal Jones

 

Monday, September 7, 2020 - Labor Day Holiday, all buildings closed

 

    As a reminder, to provide more time for students in our classrooms, many of the late starts, early dismissals, and professional learning days were moved to the Distance Learning Wednesday. You can access the revised calendar, here.

 

Health and Safety Plan

 

    At the July 28, 2020, Ad Hoc Committee meeting of the Board, updates to the Health and Safety Plan were approved. The updates reflected the latest guidance regarding mandatory face coverings, social distancing guidelines, and the changes to the number of days students will receive in-person instruction.  The current Health and Safety Plan may be found here Please keep in mind that this is a fluid document and changes will be made as we receive new guidance from federal, state, and local agencies. 

 

Cyber Academy

 

    We have had an astounding response to the West York Cyber Academy option. To date, we have over 600 students representing all grade levels that chose to begin the year in our Cyber Academy. Even though the window for enrolling in our Cyber Academy to start the school year is now closed, other opportunities will be made available after the school year begins.  

 

Flexible Instructional Days

 

    As a reminder, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has approved West York School District’s application to provide Flexible Instructional Days (FIDS) to our learners. This means that on days when weather or other emergencies might necessitate the closing of schools, we can now provide instruction to our students at home rather than in the classroom. While this may appear unnecessary, due to all the distance learning students have done and will be doing, the approved application was still needed to count weather/emergency closing days as student days.  The District has been approved to use up to five (5) of these days this school-year. 

 

    Since all West York students will have access to technology, a FID day will resemble a “Distance Learning Wednesday.” Families can expect more information about the use of FID Days as the year progresses.

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

    Due to the limit of 25 people in an indoor meeting, we are asking that the public pre-register for any Board or Board Committee meetings that they would like to attend in person. Links to register and information may be found on our website. In addition to allowing in-person meetings of no more than 25, we will continue to live stream and host Zoom webinars so that everyone may participate. 
 

  • On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 5:30 PM, we will hold an Educational Programming Committee (EPC) Meeting, to be followed by our monthly Work Session of the Board at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. 

 

  • On Monday, August 17, 2020, at  6:00 pm, we will hold a Co-curricular Committee Meeting. All are welcome to attend.  

 

  • On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 5:30 PM, we will hold a PRIDE Committee meeting to be followed by our monthly voting Board Meeting at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to attend. 

 

Reminders

 

  • Activity Bus: Due to the altered schedules in each of our schools, the after school Activity Bus option for middle and high school students will be postponed until further notice.  

 

  • Building Office Hours: As a reminder, our regular office hours in all buildings have resumed. If you need to see someone specific in any of our offices, it’s advisable to call ahead for an appointment. All employees and visitors must adhere to posted guidelines for Social Distancing to include wearing facemasks until further notice. 

 

  • The weekly Blue & White is published at the end of each week and delivered via email. Past issues may be found here

 

 

    I’d like to thank the Board, Bulldog Community, and all of our District families for the ongoing support, feedback, suggestions, and patience over the past few months. I ask that you continue to support the District in the coming weeks and months as the start of the 2020-21 school year will be unlike anything we’ve experienced before. We’re all in this together, and with your help, we will continue to focus on Every Student Every Day as we strive to ensure the best possible educational experience for all of our Bulldogs.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Todd Davies

Superintendent

West York Area School District

2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR REOPENING HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN

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