YCSDigest - January 6, 2022

Posted On: Thursday, January 06, 2022


COVID-19 Update

As Dr. Shandor shared in his email on January 1, the division remains confident in the effectiveness of mitigation strategies in place in our schools. However, as expected, community transmission rates are affecting both staff and student attendance rates.

While the division believes students benefit most from in-person learning and belong in schools, these attendance rates are not sustainable. During Tuesday’s school closures, our staff worked to prepare for potential shifts to virtual learning. While we have not yet shifted any classes or schools, if we continue to experience the same level or higher absentee rates, we will be forced to adjust course.

To reiterate, the division has not made a decision to shift any classes or schools to virtual at this time, but every family should have a plan in place to support learning at home. We will continue to monitor our status daily and communicate any operating schedule changes to families if, and when, any changes become necessary.

FEV Tutor Family Informational Webinar

FEV Tutor Academic Specialist, Cassie Palisky, a former educator, will present a live demo of the FEV Tutor platform and answer questions from parents and guardians regarding FEV tutoring services. Two webinar dates are being offered and both will contain the same information. These webinars will be recorded and available on the YCSD FEV Tutor website.

To register for one of the webinars, click on a link below:

As a reminder, FEV Tutor provides students in grades 3-12 with free, 1:1 online tutoring for this school year. In addition to supporting coursework and homework in core subjects such as English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies, FEV Tutor offers support for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

THS DECA Recognition

The Tabb High School DECA club was recently awarded the Achievement Level recognition in the 2021 - 2022 DECA Membership Campaign. Each year, DECA recognizes leading chapters that have built strong local programs focused on serving an exceptional number of members, advisors, alumni and business partners. These chapters and individuals dedicate their year to academic and career preparation, community service projects, membership recruitment, school outreach activities and other DECA-related endeavors.

Driver Education Standards of Learning

The state’s proposed 2022 Driver Education Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools have been refined through feedback from parents, teachers, administrators and representatives from higher education. These standards define the skills and competencies necessary to become a proficient user of the highway transportation system.

Before final review and adoption, the Virginia Board of Education is accepting public comments regarding the 2022 Driver Education Standards of Learning through January 31, 2022. The 2022 Driver Education Standards of Learning can be accessed at the Driver Education Standards of Learning webpage. Public comments can be received at

Driver Education Standards of Learning

Data Science Standards of Learning

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has proposed a new course called Data Science, in which students will be introduced to the learning principles associated with analyzing big data. Students will have the opportunity to view data from authentic community contexts and collaborate with business, industry, and government entities to support the development of citizenship. The VDOE has proposed standards of learning and a curriculum framework for this course and would like to provide an opportunity for public comment.

To learn more about the proposed course, review the standards of learning and curriculum framework, preview the anticipated approval and implementation timeline, and/or participate in the public hearing, visit the VDOE Data Science webpage. The virtual public hearings are scheduled for January 11 at 5:30 p.m. and January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Interested participants must register on the website.

Data Science Standards of Learning

Community Announcements

The York County School Division offers local businesses and organizations the opportunity to share information with students and parents regarding educational/enrichment activities, events and opportunities, which are either available to YCSD students or support division programs. These flyers are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the York County School Division or the schools, but are made available as a community service for our families.

Community announcements can also be found on the division website and each school's website.

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