2022-23 Safety Plan

The YCDS Safety Committee continues to update our plan to maximize in-person learning for all students.   
We carefully consider data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the YCDS Safety Committee members, and in consultation with our medical advisor, Dr. Christopher Russo, Director of Pediatrics from WellSpan Health. 
Conditions may change in the months ahead given the unpredictability of COVID-19.  Our comprehensive plan provides flexibility and the ability to make adjustments minimizing disruption to learning.  This plan emphasizes the importance of maintaining the health and well-being of all community members and balancing the importance of maintaining daily routines and operations.  
The YCDS Safety Committee will continue to monitor public health developments, review campus policies and procedures, and make necessary adjustments as needed.  Division Heads will continue to share weekly updates and communication with reminders, and include updated protocols should they need to occur.
2022-2023 Updated COVID Safety Protocols
Masking is optional, but you should feel free to wear a mask for your own comfort and protection. Testing is available upon request and by appointment for all students with parental permission.  
  • A student who has symptoms consistent with COVID should stay home, even without a positive test, and parents should inform the school nurse Colleen Simpson at csimpson2@ycds.org
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will isolate at home for 5 days, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when on campus.
  • The class of a COVID-positive student will be notified via email once the case is confirmed.
  • Testing will be made available to all affected students upon request, but it is not required. Contact the school nurse Colleen Simpson at csimpson2@ycds.org to make arrangements for a test.
  • Masking is recommended for all students in a class with a positive case, but it is not required.
  • Remote learning will be made available to students testing positive for COVID and who feel well enough to attend. There is no expectation for students to attend classes remotely while they are sick. Remote learning may not occur immediately as materials may need to be gathered and picked up from school. Remote learning may also vary by grade level or subject area, including the possibility of asynchronous learning when livestreaming instruction by Zoom is not feasible.