York County schools plan to bring back more grades in early November

More grades could return to schools in November under a plan presented Monday evening to the York County School Board.

Last week, preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders returned as part of a two-day-a-week hybrid model. District leaders released a plan in September to bring back students up through third grade by Oct. 19. Some students with disabilities — and English language learners — also returned in September.

Superintendent Victor Shandor told the school board they’re on target to meet that goal and tentatively hope to have all elementary grades back on Nov. 5. Sixth and ninth graders could return Nov. 9, assuming conditions allow.

“This is a draft — it is target dates,” Shandor said. None of this is in stone.”

Administrators described the return of pre-K through first grade on Oct. 5 as a success that will hopefully translate to older grades.

“I would consider it definitely a success

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West Orange-Cove schools to require virtual learning students with failing grades, too many absences to return to campus

The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District amended its virtual learning policy, and the changes may force dozens of students to return to campus. 

Some parents angry as West Orange-Cove schools change virtual learning policy for students with failing grades, too many absences

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It’s a move that isn’t sitting well with some parents as they weigh the dangers of face to face learning during a pandemic. 

The policy has sparked outrage among some students and parents of WOCCISD, and many feel like they’re having to choose between health and an education. 

Virtual learning has become a way of life during the pandemic. The prospect of it not being available concerns parent Ryan Melancon. 

“This decision doesn’t just affect money, it doesn’t just affect kids’ education, it affects the lives of parents and the grandparents these students will come and contact with,” Melancon said. 

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