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YCSD Schools & Offices Closed - Feb. 21

Posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2020

All YCSD schools and offices will be closed Friday, February 21, 2020 for students and staff. Essential personnel will be notified of work schedules by their supervisors. All after-school activities, including practices, are also canceled. We will monitor conditions tomorrow in regards to decisions for Saturday school for Grafton middle and high school students. We will provide that update as soon as we are able. Read more



February 2020 School Board Meeting

Posted on: Friday, February 14, 2020

The York County School Board held a special meeting on Monday, February 10. Board members received updates and held discussions on the following topics: (1) Grafton Complex - review of actions taken to address this emergency situation, including approval of expenditures related to the fire (2) Financial Literacy - annual Strategic Plan report on objective to evaluate and revise the Economics and Personal Finance course (3) Program Evaluation - Overview from Gibson Consulting regarding the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of the division’s delivery model for students with disabilities (4) FY21 Budget – presentation of the superintendent’s proposed budget Read more



Instructional Material Review

Posted on: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The York County School Division is currently conducting an Instructional Material Review (IMR) process for K-8 Mathematics, History/Social Science 6 and 7, AP Chemistry, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, and Discrete Mathematics. All textbooks, teacher resources, student materials and electronic materials are reviewed and adopted through this process. Materials that correlate highly with the Virginia Standards of Learning, YSCD curriculum, and The College Board were targeted for the review process. At this time, parents and community stakeholders are invited to review, and provide feedback, on the materials recommended for adoption. The public preview day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the YCSD School Board Office in conference room D. Read more



Grafton Complex Status Update

Posted on: Thursday, February 06, 2020

Monday’s fire, though contained to the electrical room, resulted in a total loss of the main electrical distribution panel for the complex leaving the building without power. While smoke spread through the entire complex, the only sprinkler heads activated were those in the electrical room. The greatest impact of the smoke damage is on the middle school side of the complex. Read more



Grafton Complex Closed - Feb. 6 & 7

Posted on: Tuesday, February 04, 2020

This is an important message from the York County School Division regarding the status of the Grafton Complex. Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School will remain closed to all students and staff through Friday, February 7, 2020. Read more



Grafton Complex Closed - Feb. 4 & 5

Posted on: Monday, February 03, 2020

Just before 4 pm today, school administrators initiated evacuation procedures due to reports of an electrical issue in the main electrical room. As emergency responders arrived, an active fire was discovered. The fire was contained to that electrical room though smoke did spread through parts of the building. Due to the nature of this incident, power to the building remains off and Dominion Energy is on site assessing the situation. We do not yet have an estimate for power restoration or a timeline for necessary repairs. Therefore, school is canceled for Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School tomorrow Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5. Read more



WMES First Grade Habitat Project

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Jamie Looby’s first grade class at Waller Mill learned all about animals during their Animal Unit in science. Students learned that animals need air, water, food, and shelter. Students classified animals based on being mammals, reptiles, birds or amphibians. They then learned more about where they live, how they move, body coverings, etc. To show what they have learned, students had the opportunity to put it all together and make a 3D model of an animal of their choice. Students then presented their animal to the class, along with important information about the animal Read more



My School is So Proud of Me!

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Seaford Elementary School administrators and staff took a field trip to visit the homes of some special students last night as the school launched its new Signs of Excellence program. The surprise visit were to recognize students who stand out in terms of perseverance, respect, responsibility, caring, and citizenship. Each student received a certificate and a yard sign that reads "My School is so Proud of Me!" Principal Barbara Nagel shared that they to continue these home visits every few weeks - so be on the lookout for these signs throughout the York zone! Read more



Principal for a Day Program

Posted on: Monday, January 27, 2020

The York County School Division will host its fourth annual Principal for a Day program on Tuesday, January 28. The program, which pairs local elected officials and community leaders with a principal, provides participants the opportunity to learn first-hand about the issues facing today’s educators and administrators. Activities will range from staff meetings, parent conferences, classroom observations, lunchroom and carpool duty, as well as the many unexpected events that occur every day. The day will conclude with a reception for all participants at the Freight Shed in Yorktown. Read more



Bus Stop Incident

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2020

As you know, safety is a top priority for the division. As such, we are letting you know that this morning, division staff received a report of potentially suspicious individuals in a dark-colored vehicle seen near a bus stop on Eagle Loop in the Langley housing community serving Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Middle, and Tabb High schools. This information has been reported to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. While information is very limited at this time, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some safety tips regarding school bus stops. Young children should be supervised whenever possible at the bus stop and while walking to and from the stop. Students should walk in groups or use a buddy system whenever possible. And remember, if you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood – particularly during the pick-up and drop-off bus stop times, please report this information to the Sheriff’s Office and the school. Read more



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