Knight News
January 8, 2021
CEO Corner
Dear York Academy Families:

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Education updated their guidance for determining instructional models during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this guidance, the Safe Return Committee met today to discuss changes to our Safe Return Plan. I want to give you an overview of the changes that will be proposed to the Board during the meeting on Monday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m.

First, we will propose that York Academy utilize the following learning models, relevant to the level of community transmission of COVID-19 in York County, effective February 1, 2021: 
Next, we will propose that York Academy engage in weekly pooled testing of all staff and in-person students for COVID-19. Classroom pooling is a method of surveillance testing where lower nasal swabs are collected from everyone in a class, mixed together and tested with a single molecular test. Pools will be established based on cohorts/groups. Everyone will self-administer the test by swabbing the inside of their nostril. The samples will be sent to a lab in Boston, MA for testing and results from each pool will be provided to York Academy within 36-72 hours. In the event of a positive result, the parents/guardians of those in the pool will be notified and the students will stay home for 14 days. 

To minimize possible staffing shortages related to a positive pooled test, we propose that the Board approve the purchase of individual tests to be self-administered and sent to a lab for results. These individual tests would be utilized on a case by case bases to eliminate staff members who are part of a positive pool. Because of the associated cost of individual tests, parents/guardians will be responsible for following up with their child’s health care provider for individual testing and/or next steps should their child be part of a positive pool.

As a reminder, all Board meetings are live streamed on the YARCS Connections YouTube Channel. If the proposed changes to the learning models are approved, we will connect with all parents/guardians to verify their selected learning model as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for your continued support. York Academy is a school of choice and we are grateful that you have selected us!

Warm regards,
Angela Sugarek
Progress Reports and Calendar Reminders
Please note that your child’s Progress Report will be emailed to you today at the email address that you are using for Canvas. If you have not received it by this evening, please contact their homeroom teacher.

Wednesday, January 13 is an Early Dismissal Day. Free meals will be available curbside at the Upper School from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for students and children under 18 in the community. This is a time change from our normal schedule because of the half day.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 18 and both offices will be closed. Our meal program will not be offered.
Upper School Newsletter: The Round Table
by Carol Alvarnaz, MYP Coordinator & Instructional Coach
Click on the graphic below to read this week's Upper School newsletter, "The Round Table" from Mrs. Alvarnaz.
Knight Staff Superstar
Congrats to Tracy Zeiders, Reading Specialist and Federal Programs Coordinator, for being our Knight Staff Superstar! She was nominated for embodying the International Baccalaureate learner profile attribute of being a strong communicator. Communicators express themselves confidently, collaborate effectively, and listen carefully to the perspectives of others.
 
According to her nominee, Ms. Zeiders goes above and beyond to ensure her students are meeting with her and receiving the interventions they need to be successful. She has been so helpful in communicating with students, families and teachers during this trying time of virtual learning. Students AND teachers are so thankful for her!
 
Thanks for being a caring communicator, Ms. Zeiders. You are appreciated!
Notes from the Kitchen
Gina Arnold, Food Services Manager
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We made it to 2021! With the cold winter months ahead, it’s the perfect time to celebrate National Soup Month. Soup provides warmth and comfort. It is easy to get a quick soup on the table for a weeknight dinner. Pair it with a salad and crusty bread for dunking, and your family will be satisfied. I’d like to share my personal recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup. Clean out your vegetable drawer and add any type of pasta to the soup. You can buy a rotisserie chicken and purchase good chicken stock to make this recipe quickly, or slow cook your own chicken and make your own stock. Either way, this soup is fast and delicious.

Ms. Gina’s Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T olive or avocado oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced carrots
  • 58-64 oz. chicken broth or stock
  • 14.5 oz. can of vegetable broth
  •  ½ pound or so of chicken breast
  • 1 heaping cup of egg noodles (if you like a thicker soup add an additional ½ cup noodles)
  • ½ tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp of fresh thyme (I really like thyme in this soup and tend to add more.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion, celery and carrots in butter and oil until tender (5 minutes or so). Add thyme to pot and cook 30 sec. or until you can smell it. (This wakes up the dried herb. If using fresh you can skip this step.) Add the chicken and vegetable broths, chicken, noodles, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

The staff will be curbside at the Upper School handing out meals every day that school is in session from 12 - 1 p.m. Please note that on early dismissal days the time is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. An announcement will be made if meal service is cancelled due to inclement weather. Help support our program by picking up a hot meal every day.

Eat well and stay healthy,
Ms. Gina
Open Enrollment Is Coming
Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will take place from February 1 - March 31. The link to apply online will be posted on our website on February 1.

We will be offering Virtual Information sessions and Open Houses during February and March so families can learn about York Academy. Click here for more details.

Please note that if your child is currently on the waiting list you will need to reapply, since applications are not permitted to roll over from year to year.

Make sure to share this information with your friends so they can be part of the York Academy family!
Education Is the Key
Check out this COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It provides information by age level to help you support your child's social, emotional and mental well-being during the pandemic.
Are You Connected With Us?
Let's connect! Follow York Academy on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and download our mobile app (search your app store for York Academy Charter). If you download the app, make sure to turn on notifications, since we'll be utilizing it as another way to communicate with you this year.
January 11
Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 p.m.
January 13
Early Dismissal
January 18
No School
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