District Closure Communication

May 5, 2020

Dear YCS Community,

On May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all school buildings will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year with the continuation of remote learning. While not a surprise, it was disappointing to many of us to learn that our school year would end this way.

While this impacts all of us, it is taking an especially difficult toll on our seniors who will miss out on many of the senior year events that they have been looking forward to for many years. While we do not have all the answers to the many questions at this time, I wanted to assure you that we, as a district and community, will pull together to make the end of the school year as good as possible, as it has already been very memorable.

In the coming days we will be making decisions and recreating plans for our traditional end-of-year activities. We will be sharing these plans out as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through all the details to celebrate our accomplishments while keep our students, staff and families safe.

A decision surrounding graduation has not yet been made. While there have been many rumors and speculation as to what the district is planning, at this point there are no definitive answers. We are currently in the process of gathering input from our seniors and their families. We have reserved a time slot at the Silver Lake Drive-In, but this is only one possible option. Please rest assured that whatever the decision is, it will be to provide the best experience for the graduates and their families. We are hoping to have this, along with other end of the year events solidified in the coming days.

Again, thank you for all the support.



April 8, 2020

Dear YCS Community,

As we continue with our long term school closure, we find ourselves taking further precautions to protect our staff and community, while still meeting the needs of our students and families.  Part of this is our Food & Nutrition Services program providing both breakfast and lunch to our students.

As we monitor and adjust, we have found it necessary to revise our everyday Grab and Go and meal delivery.  Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 our staff will distribute meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  This will be for both our onsite Grab and Go and our meal deliveries.  The distribution times will remain from 10:30am to 12:00pm. You can expect the following:

            Mondays and Wednesdays: Four meals; two breakfast and two lunches

            Fridays: Two meals; one breakfast and one lunch

Please remember that ALL students and children, even those of preschool age are eligible.  This is not limited to Free and Reduced lunches.  Grab and Go is available in front of the elementary cafeteria and if you are not able to come to us, we can come to you.  Please call   243-1730 ext 2222 and request delivery.  Simply leave your name, number, address and the number of children you are requesting meals for at this time.     

We miss our students and families, and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Again, thank you for all the support.

 

April 2, 2020

Dear YCS Community,

As we move through week 3 of the school closure, I want to thank all for your flexibility and support as we move through these unprecedented times. We are all learning and working in ways that a month ago wouldn’t have even been a thought. We are all united in working to keep our friends, family, and community safe, while still providing the basics for our students, such as meals and education.

In other news, we are quickly approaching the week that was designated as Spring Break for YCS. I’m sure that you have heard that the Governor’s latest Executive Order closes schools until April 15, 2020. However, he has made it clear that child care, distribution of meals, and continuity of learning must continue during that time. YCS takes our work with students and the community very seriously and our very dedicated staff plan to provide the continued learning through the planned Spring Break. This is not just to meet the Governor’s Executive Order, but to help with trying to bring a sense of ‘normal’ or ‘new normal’ for our students and families.

Meal distribution will continue through next week, with the exception of Good Friday, April 10. On Thursday, April 9 meals will be for both Thursday and Friday. Please remember that ALL students and children, even those of preschool age are eligible. This is not limited to Free and Reduced lunches. Grab and Go is available daily in front of the elementary cafeteria and if you are not able to come to us, we can come to you. Please call 243-1730 ext 2222 and request delivery. Simply leave your name, number, address and the number of children you are requesting meals for at this time.

It truly is a testament to the strength of a community that can face something such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and come out all the stronger for it. I know this to be true of our community. Again, thank you for all the support.


March 16, 2020

York CSD Students, Staff, and Community:

First, and foremost, thank you for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented situation with COVID-19. As we go through these difficult times, it will be important that we work and communicate together to ensure the safety of our community and all of our members. Given the constantly evolving nature of this topic, please know that we may be required to adjust our plans. You will be notified of any changes when and if they occur.


Food Distribution:

Our Food & Nutrition Services program will provide both breakfast and lunch by providing Grab and Go Meals to all K-12 students, free of charge, starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. These meals will be available Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Pick up will occur in the York Elementary School parking lot by the Elementary Cafeteria. All meals will be brought to your vehicle. If your child(ren) has any confirmed dietary needs, please let the workers know when you arrive. Additionally, if you have extreme circumstances and cannot make the pick-up, please call 243-1730 ext 2222 to make arrangements for delivery. If you leave a message, please include: name(s) of child(ren), address, and a call back number.


Communication:

It is vital that you receive all communications from YCS. If you have not been receiving text or email alerts, the easiest way to be updated is through the York CSD app enabling the notifications feature.

Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information from the District:
  - School Website: www.yorkcsd.org
  - School App: Search ‘York CSD’ on App Store or Google Play


Instructional Resources:

Teachers are currently preparing learning activities for students to stay engaged with school work while school is not in session. For all students who do not have access to a device at home, the following options are available:

For students in grades 6-12, students can pick up their Chromebooks on Thursday, March 19th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

For students in grades K-5, devices will be available to be signed out from the elementary library on Thursday, March 19th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. 
     
We would like families to be aware that the Charter Communication company is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.


Facility and Building Access:

Students will be afforded an opportunity on Thursday, March 19th during the hours of 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm to come in and pick up any personal items or classroom materials they will need during this closure period. Please keep in mind the social distancing protocols during this timeframe. It may not be prudent to schedule play dates and group gatherings.


Thank you for your continued patience and collaboration as we work through this together.


David Furletti


March 14, 2020
York CSD Students, Staff, and Community:
In consultation with the Livingston County Department of Health, Livingston County Officials, and the GVEP superintendents, we believe that it is in the best interest of public health that we act swiftly, even though there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our community or county. This follows the action earlier taken to declare a State of Emergency for Livingston County.
Effective Monday, March 16th York Central Schools will be closed until further notice. This includes ALL school activities, sports and outside activities that may be scheduled on campus.
There will be more information and plans coming out in the days to come and throughout the school closure. For now, please understand that our main goal is to support the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families.
We are extremely committed to the education of all our students; however, in these unprecedented times, we must first take care of each other and our most vulnerable community members.
Please take care of one another and yourself.
Sincerely,
David Furletti

March 13, 2020

Dear YCS Community and Families,

We certainly are living through an unprecedented public health concern. Given the concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), YCS continues to actively monitor the latest information available from the Center for Disease Control, NYS and Livingston County Departments of Health, as well as NYS Department of Education. 

While our goal is to keep schools open and provide a safe place for learning, it is important that you prepare for the unfortunate possibility of temporary school closing. Should there be a confirmed case in our school district, we would close for a minimum of 24 hours per the Department of Health and State Education Department directives. Once the disinfection occurs, along with an assessment of exposure, a determination will be made when school can be resumed. 

In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reactions and panic. The best way to combat fear is with facts. For the latest guidance and links to official information sources, please visit our district website. 

 

Family Action Steps

There are a number of steps you and your children can take to reduce the spread of illness, including COVID-19, according to the State Department of Health:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
       
  • Stay home when you are sick.
       
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
       
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
       

District Action Steps

  • We will follow Livingston County Health Department’s recommendations regarding large group gatherings, this includes field trips during the school day
       
  • Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as desks, doorknobs, light switches, handrails, and instructional materials
  • Teachers are preparing for continued instruction outside of the classroom
  • Food Services are implementing recommendations from the Department of Health regarding food safety (ie: eliminating self-serve options in the cafeteria)    
  • Frequent and ongoing communication through district website and app
  • Event status updates

   

What We Know

  • Currently no confirmed cases in Livingston County
       
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is passed between people who are in close contact with one another
       

Resources:

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Spanish)

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (English)

 

Event Status Update

This chart will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Please check back frequently.

Event 

Date

Status

Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition

3/14

Cancelled

National College Fair

3/16

Cancelled

Ag Day

3/20

Postponed

PK-12 Field Trips 

3/16 -  3/27

Cancelled or rescheduled

York Kid’s Night Out

3/21

Cancelled

PTO Meeting

3/25

Cancelled