Families are encouraged to plan ahead and download or print the 2023-24 student calendar to familiarize themselves with student holidays and early release days. The calendar is available on the website and in the YCSD mobile app.
This year, we are adding staff to our middle school and high school teams to support overall campus security. This new role, the school security officer (SSO), supplement the School Resource Officers (SROs) provided by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. High schools will have two security officers, while middle schools will have one.
The school security officers will be responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors within their assigned schools. Specifically, their responsibilities include preventing incidents, investigating student violations of school board policies, and intervening in cases where students violate the law or school policies on school premises or during school-related events.
The York County School Division prioritizes proving safe, welcoming and caring environments in which all students and staff have a sense of belonging and purpose. To support that commitment, the division has partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of support for our community.
With Care Solace, families and staff gain access to a dedicated Care Companion 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Care companions identify local providers and find the right fit and availability of care for our families. Care Solace is now available for use for you and your family at no cost. To learn more about how you can connect with Care Solace, speak with your school’s counseling office or school nurse.
Returning students will not need to complete a new form for the 2023-24 school year if the student rode the bus last year. These students will be rolled over based on last year’s information. The only families who need to register for bus transportation are:
To register a child who has not previously use YCSD bus transportation, please contact your school’s main office. Bus route information will be published the week of August 21. If your family has moved and your child rides the bus, please make sure your school has you new address to ensure you receive the correct bus information.
YCSD recognizes clothing is one of the primary ways students express their personalities and ideas when attending school. In doing so, expressions must be in a responsible manner suitable for the school setting, and should not interfere with or cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment or present a potential safety hazard. All York County School Division students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and meet the standards of safety, good taste, appropriateness, and decency. Below are some of the updates to the student dress code. The complete YCSD Dress Code can be found on pages 44 of the Student Handbook and Conduct Code.
Pajama styled pants must ensure all intimate regions and undergarments are sufficiently covered to prevent unintentional exposure.
Any head covering must not interfere with or disrupt the educational operation of the school or display symbols, gestures, or language that violate division, state, and/or federal laws and regulations. Head coverings must not conceal the identity of students.
Flip flop-based footwear must consist of a supportive strap or have bands to support walking in the school setting.
The dress code applies to all students while in attendance at the school or school-sponsored events during the school day. The principal or principal designee at each school reserves the right to determine what dress and appearance is appropriate for the learning environment. The school administrators will make every effort to be fair in monitoring and addressing dress code violations.
Violation of the student dress code regulation will subject the student to disciplinary action by the school’s administration per the Student Handbook and Conduct Code.
The 2023-24 school year will begin with several new division and school administrators in our schools, as well as some veteran administrators in new roles within the division. Please join us in welcoming the following staff members to their new positions:
The division has also updated the names of two departments to more accurately reflect the department duties. The Student Services department has become the Special Education department while the School Administration department is now the Student Services department. Job titles have also been adjusted to reflect this reorganization.