Family Engagement

  • The division’s Strategic Plan states that The York County School Division will foster effective partnerships with families and our community and promote positive relationships between and among staff, students and families. Engaged families have a direct impact on learning outcomes and are especially critical for the success of remote learning. The closure of school buildings due to COVID-19 conditions highlights the importance of developing and nurturing partnerships and relationships with community groups and partner organizations.

    The school division has established a YCSD Family Engagement Committee which includes stakeholders from each school zone. The committee will resume meetings in the fall of 2020, focusing on the establishment of a family engagement policy as well as the best practices for engaging families. Members of the Family Engagement Committee are currently participating in the College of William and Mary School University Research Network Family Engagement Academy. The Academy began in March 2020 and will culminate in June of 2021. At the conclusion of the Academy, division staff will have established a meaningful and purposeful plan for family engagement.

    The department of School Administration provides leadership, coordination, and information dissemination for outreach and engagement initiatives conducted by, or in cooperation with, other division departments. Examples include securing funding or other resources to resolve critical needs and food insecurities, mental health support, and affordable internet access for families and students. A two part “Building Resiliency” parent workshop is planned for the fall, to provide information about best strategies for how to support students at home during this time when instruction is presented in different ways in response to COVID-19 parameters.

    The division is exploring opportunities to establish a rotating schedule for a mobile Student and Family Engagement Hub (SAFE) to provide division tech support, SEL support, distribute materials, etc.

    Child Care

    YCSD recognizes that many families depend on students being in school while they are at work. While public health and social-distancing guidelines currently limit the division’s functional use of space, structures are being explored to support this need for our families. The following community partners will provide limited enrollment childcare options for YCSD families, including the children of YCSD staff, beginning September 8:

    Champions

    Coventry, Grafton Bethel, Magruder and Tabb Elementary schools
    6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
    Virtual and remote learning support programming in place

    YMCA

    Victory Family YMCA (Yorktown) or R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA (Williamsburg)
    6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
    Virtual and remote learning support programming in place

    Boys and Girls Club

    Yorktown Middle School
    7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
    Virtual and remote learning support programming in place

    In addition, the Bethel Manor Youth Center located on Bethel Manor housing is exploring the option of opening a full day program for military families.