The COVID-19 pandemic has forced YCSD and school divisions across the country to approach teaching and learning from entirely new perspectives. On September 8, YCSD started the 2020-21 school year with all students learning from home in either the Remote Model of the Flexible Framework or the YCSD Virtual Academy.
In late September, we began implementing a gradual return to school starting with specific student groups in accordance with the state's phased guidance. By early November, we moved from the Remote Model of the Flexible Framework (all students learning at home) to the Leveled Model (all elementary grades on alternating hybrid schedule and all secondary students learning at home). In early March, all students in the Flexible Framework were in the Hybrid Model. After spring break, all students in the Flexible Framework were in the Expanded Hybrid Model (students attend school in-person four days a week).
Instructional Model Status
(as of April 12, 2021)
School Level Instructional Model Elementary School Expanded Hybrid Middle School Expanded Hybrid High School Expanded Hybrid
Gradual Return Timeline
(as of March 17, 2021)
While our goal is to continue moving towards a full reopening as the year progresses, we must first meet identified health and operational integrity metrics - such as local and regional COVID-19 transmission rates, mitigation strategies, and availability of teachers and staff to work on-site. It is also important that we remain prepared to shift between learning models as the course of COVID-19 changes in our community and world.
As we have communicated these plans and gathered feedback from our staff and families, there have been many very strong opinions around that work. We truly understand that this is a tremendously challenging time for our families and staff and we value this critical feedback. It certainly plays a part in our decision-making, but prioritizing the safety and health for all remains the top priority.