York County School Division Strategic Plan

Goal 4: Partnerships & Relationships


Objective: Relationships


  • Staff will continue to implement and refine strategies annually to promote positive relationships among students.

    • Schools continue to provide many activities for students that build a sense of belonging and positive relationships through several programs that promote and recognize good citizenship. For example, schools offer character development activities, guidance lessons, conflict resolution opportunities, positive thinking activities, decision making activities, bullying prevention activities, mentoring programs, peer helpers and other support groups, volunteer service opportunities, and friendship networks.

    • A division Bullying Prevention Committee has held several meetings and as a result of the committee's work, additional bullying prevention resources have been added to the division website and all school websites. Resources are also available for administrators and teachers on the division's Intranet. The committee will also conduct an electronic survey of students in grades 5-12 during the 2013-2014 school year.

    • Internet safety instruction is provided to students and information on this topic is also included on the division's Intranet for teachers and on the division's website for parents.

    • Information for parents on a myriad of topics is available on the division's website. During the fall of 2013, teachers, administrators, maintenance and transportation staff completed training on the following topics: bullying, cyber-bullying and harassment.

  • Staff will facilitate strong school-family relationships, including welcoming school environments and effective two-way communication with families. Schools and departments will provide data to measure the facilitation of strong family-school relationships.

    • Schools held various activities that involved parents in the education of their children. A few of the many activities included hands-on science activities, fun and fitness nights, school-wide reading activities, storybook character parades, movie nights, Reader's Theater, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Parent Universities, Math Moms, Career Night, High School Credit Night, and individual guidance meetings with parents and students.

    • In the fall of 2013, the division hosted its first Internet Safety Forum for parents, students and the community. The presentation demonstrated how quickly a child predator can learn private details about children from social media sites and public chatrooms.

    • Several school based administrators and central office staff attended the Family Engagement Conference. Strategies of engagement were discussed with representatives from each of the schools. Some of these strategies, such as effective ways to increase parent involvement and solicit parent input, have been used in the review and development of an integrated K-5 literacy model and in the review of the secondary guidance program evaluation.

    • The division has added social media to the avenues used for communicating with parents and the community. The division's Facebook page garnered more than 200 likes within weeks of launching, while the YCSD Twitter account has added more than 350 followers since the 2012-2013 school year.

    • The division launched a new approach to distributing community information from nonprofit organizations by sending monthly emails directly to parents registered with Edline. This approach ensures a more direct and reliable delivery method.

    • In 2012-13, volunteers and partners provided more than 122,000 hours of service to YCSD.
    • YCSD Volunteer Hours
      2012-2013 School Year 122,108
      2011-2012 School Year 115,877
    • The York Foundation for Public Education, Inc. (YFPE) increased support for educational initiatives, with a total of $59,065 in funds awarded. The YFPE also increased the value of its endowment to $234,000 in order to support future generations of division students. Generous support from community members and organizations, including new business partnerships formed during Restaurant Week 2012, made this possible.

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