YCSD Schools Earn Virginia Purple Star Designation

Posted On: Thursday, October 10, 2019

The number of York County schools recognized for their commitment to serving military children and their families continues to grow. This week, Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary, Yorktown Elementary, Grafton Middle, and Bruton High received the Purple Star designation from the Virginia Department of Education, bringing the total number of YCSD schools earning this designation to 10.

The Purple Star award honors schools that demonstrate a commitment to meeting military families’ needs while also providing resources and programming related to transitions and academic planning. Virginia is home to several of the largest and most important military installations in the country and approximately 32% of all YCSD students have at least one parent serving in the military.

"We recognize that students of service members may experience multiple school transitions while their parents are actively serving our country and it's important that they feel connected to our schools," said Dr. Victor Shandor, division superintendent. "I am proud that our schools, our staff and our students are recognized for creating a supportive environment for our military families."

Virginia first awarded the Purple Star status last year. Coventry Elementary, Grafton Bethel Elementary, Tabb Middle and Yorktown Middle were among the first in the state to earn the designation. While awards are made annually, schools retain the designation for three years before being required to reapply.

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