MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

This communication supersedes all previous communication.

Greetings, West York Area School District Community:

 

    This week, we’ve communicated information to our District families about positive cases of COVID-19 that have impacted both the High School and Middle School. We know that everyone is doing all they can to prevent the spread of this virus, and we thank you for your efforts. Please continue to remain vigilant and consistent with your efforts at home as we continue our efforts here in the District. We wish those impacted a speedy and uneventful recovery. 

 

Homecoming

    Homecoming in West York is not only a time for our current High School students to celebrate West York, but it’s also typically a time for alumni to return to their alma mater to gather with old friends, watch the mighty Bulldogs dominate their foes on the field, and revisit cherished memories. Our current High School students usually enjoy a spirited week of a parade, bonfire, and pep rally, culminating with the annual Homecoming Dance. While we all feel the disappointment of fewer activities this year, it is our hope that next October, things will look different and we can once again enjoy those long-standing traditions we treasure. 

 

    Tonight’s game will be livestreamed, as will the Homecoming Court coronation ceremony. The link to view can be found here, along with links to livestreams of all of our sports teams. 

 

Increasing In-person Classroom Instructional Time

    Our School Board has tasked the District Administration with preparing a plan to offer more in-person instructional time to our students, especially at the High School. We sought input from our families, faculty, and staff on this topic through recent surveys. The plan was presented to the Board for discussion at the October 13, 2020, Work Session, and the Board will vote on the final plan at the October 20, 2020, regular Board meeting. All are welcome to attend the Board meeting.

 

Spectators

    At the Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Ad Hoc Committee Meeting of the West York Area School District Board of Directors, we presented the Governor’s new executive order regarding congregate gathering limits and what the impact would be in West York. That presentation with an outline of how that will impact West York may be found here. You may also review the most current version of the District’s Athletic Health and Safety Plan here

 

    Please keep in mind that everyone may watch the games via livestream. Links to each livestream channel for District teams may be found here. 

 

October Board Meetings

    The Board will meet during the month of October as follows.  All meetings are open to the public either via Zoom and/or in-person. Public comment is always welcome. Please visit our website to register.

 

  • October 20, 2020 @ 5:15 PM - Facilities Committee Meeting

  • October 20, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - Board Voting Meeting

 

Reminders:

 

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.

 

    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. 

 

    Below are links that will provide important information regarding the processes we have in place for notifying families and implementing quarantine measures, should the need arise.

 

  • WYASD Notification Process: Family Packet /Paquete Familiar en Español.  

  • This linked Flowchart, prepared by the PA Department of Health, is the process we will follow when a student or staff member becomes symptomatic.

  • This linked Webinar, also prepared by the PA Department of Health, offers guidance for K-12 schools in PA to follow after identifying possible cases within their districts.  This also provides an idea of how long your quarantine my last, and why.

  • Level of Transmission in Pennsylvania counties - link to excel document may be found on the right side of the linked page.  The data, updated weekly, informs what actions we will take when somebody tests positive for Covid-19. 

  • The PA Department of Health chart for determining a school district’s response when positive cases are identified within a district.  This chart is also outlined below.
     

Student Meal Programs

    We have received notice from the USDA that through Thursday, December 31, 2020, 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 resides 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. Should this program be extended past December 31st, we will let everyone know.  

 

District Calendar 

    The current 2020-21 District calendar may be found here.

 

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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