MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

This communication supersedes all previous communication.

Greetings, West York Area School District Community:

 

Increasing In-person Classroom Instructional Time at the High School

     At this week’s meeting of the School Board, the Directors voted 7-1 to increase in-person instructional time at the High School to mirror what has already been taking place in our K-8 buildings. Beginning November 23, 2020, all High School students will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will continue to be a Distance-learning Day across the District. We know that this pivot will be welcomed by many, but not all. Our decisions are based on research, survey feedback from families, and what we, as educators, know is best for our students. We appreciate the community support, patience, and cooperation that we have received since last March when all of this began. I ask that you continue to extend your support and consider this transition a step toward a stronger educational experience for our students.

 

CDC Redefines Close Contact

     This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new definition of what close contact is. This change from within six feet for fifteen consecutive minutes to fifteen cumulative minutes within a twenty-four hour period is currently being reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

 

     The District will continue to consult the PA Department of Health and follow their guidance when determining our response to positive cases of Covid-19 in West York. 

 

Inclement Weather Days

     We are getting close to the time of year when we begin to anticipate inclement weather days. Because the pandemic forced us all to learn how to virtually provide and receive instruction, we are now equipped to look at inclement weather days as a Distance-learning Day, just like our Wednesday Distance-learning Days. This is good news because we will not have to use the snow/emergency make-up days. Since Distance-learning days are handled differently at each building, be on the look-out for communication from your building’s principal regarding how these days will look for your children. For reference, the current 2020-21 District calendar may be found here.

 

Student Meal Programs- Update

     We have received notice from the USDA that they have extended the free breakfast and lunch program through June 30, 2021. This is wonderful news for our families and means that all breakfast and lunch meals across the District shall be provided, free of charge, to ALL students. This includes pick-up meals for WY Cyber Academy students, as well as meals for anyone 18 and under who reside in our District. Please follow your child’s home building guidelines for ordering pick-up meals. At the secondary level, a second meal may be purchased at the regular meal rate. Menus for all buildings are posted on our website.  More information may be found on our website. Please contact Mr. Scott Rutkowski at scrutkowski@wyasd.org if you have any questions. 

School Board Vacancy

     We have a vacancy on our School Board. Interested parties may find more information here about how to submit a letter of interest for the seat. The term runs until December 2021.

 

Reminders:

 

Spectators at Sporting Events

     Please keep in mind that while spectators at District events are still limited, everyone may watch these events via livestream. Links to each livestream channel for District teams may be found here

 

COVID-19 Prevention

     Keeping our schools open requires everyone’s help every day. The following are two ways that everyone can pitch in to keep West York schools open to students:

 

  1. Use the symptom monitoring tool with each of your school-age children prior to sending them every day, and if your child is demonstrating symptoms - please keep them home - and contact your school nurse. The symptom monitoring tool and nurse contact information can be found in the Family Information Packet.

  2. If students or family members have been in close contact with someone known to have tested positive for COVID-19, please keep everyone home and reach out to the nurse in your child’s building, immediately. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. (Even though the CDC issued new guidelines, we will continue to use this metric until we receive further guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.)

 

     These two proactive measures will go a long way in preventing a large-scale quarantine while also saving our families and staff a lot of stress and worry. You can find more COVID-19 resources on our website

 

Building Visitors

     All visitors must complete a screening form and have their temperature taken at each building and will be expected to adhere to posted guidelines for social distancing to include wearing facemasks until further notice. 

 

The Blue & White

     The Blue & White is published at the end of each week and delivered via email. Past issues may be found here. Please continue to share your positive photos throughout the year - it’s a bright spot for all of us! You can send them to cmgreco@wyasd.org.

 

     Best wishes for a great weekend.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Todd M. Davies

Superintendent of Schools

2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR REOPENING HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN

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