York County School Division

Maintaining Health & Safety

As we return to school five days a week, layered prevention strategies will help YCSD maximize full, in-person learning in school buildings.

The division will adhere, to the maximum extent practicable, to any currently applicable mitigation strategies for early childhood care and education programs and elementary and secondary schools to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 that have been provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • Medical experts agree that vaccinations are the most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Vaccines are readily available at pharmacies and doctor's offices. Additional information can be found at vaccinate.virginia.gov.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are only approved for adults and children over the ages of 12.
  • Approximately 50% of YCSD students are under the age of 12 and are currently ineligible for vaccination.

Mask Use

The Virginia State Health Commissioner issued a public health order on August 12, 2021 regarding mask requirements in schools. After consulting with the division's legal counsel, the division has been advised that the Commissioner’s order supersedes any local action. All School Board members have also been advised and have individually indicated they understand and support the division’s plan to comply with the state order. As such, the division will adhere to the commissioner’s order effective August 12, 2021.

Physical Distancing

Although physical distancing may be challenging as all PK-12 students return to in-person instruction, YCSD schools are advised to provide as much physical distancing as possible between students during instruction, without sacrificing instructional best practices, as well as during food service.

Hand Hygiene

Handwashing will be encouraged throughout the school day, such as before and after meals, after using the restroom, after sneezing/coughing, and before and after using classroom materials and manipulatives. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in all schools.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Measures will be implemented to ensure that common areas and equipment, and personal workspaces, are regularly cleaned and sanitized. YCSD custodians are using effective disinfectant and sanitizing products to clean our facilities every day.

Contact Tracing

In the event of a COVID-19 exposure, school staff will work with Health Services staff and the Peninsula Health District to conduct contract tracing and implement any necessary isolation and/or quarantine protocols.

Isolation & Quarantine Guidance

YCSD staff and students will follow the quarantine guidelines listed in our Safe Return Plan To In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services to determined contact tracing. These guidelines follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.