Coronavirus 2021

Coronavirus Information for Families, Staff
Posted on 06/10/2021

Updated Face Covering Exemption Request Process for Central York Students - 9.14.21

Please review the attached letter from the Central York Board of School Directors regarding changes to the District’s Mask Exemption Request Process for students. 
These changes will take effect on September 16.  
Requests made under the previous exemption process and form issued on September 3 and 4 will no longer be valid after September 15 and will be replaced with the new Section 504/IDEA Exemption Request Form (attached).
Thank you.
Central York Board of School Directors and Administration



COVID Tracker

CYSD COVID-19 Web Tracker 

Central York School District will report the number of positive COVID-19 cases with an impact on our schools/district via a COVID-19 Web Tracker.

This resource will list the following items:

·      Total number of confirmed (active) positive cases by building within a 14-day, rolling window

·      Total number of confirmed (active) positive cases in the District within a 14-day, rolling window

·      Total number of confirmed positive cases year-to-date for both buildings and District-wide.

The tracker will be updated each day on our website, A link to the tracker and any COVID-19 updates will be shared in any CYSD Updates sent to families and published on our website under our COVID-19 Resource Center.

If there are no new positive cases, the numbers will not change. The tracker will be dated, so that you can view the date it was last updated.

Please note - the District will not report the number of quarantines because we cannot enforce quarantines this school year according to the new guidelines. Therefore, quarantines will not be reflected in the COVID-19 Tracker. 

August 18, 2021

COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan & Procedures
The Health & Safety Plan is an attempt to provide families with options to make decisions that are best for them and their children while prioritizing the importance of in-person education for our learners. The Central York School District Health and Safety Plan for 2021-2022 has been approved by the School Board and is available on our District website: To go directly to the plan, please click here or cut & paste the link in your web browser:

While there are no plans to make changes to the Health and Safety Plan, the plan will, at a minimum, be reviewed and revised every six months as required.

COVID-19 Vaccines
COVID-19 Vaccines are optional and not required and the school will not inquire about an individual’s status or require proof of vaccination for any faculty, staff, student or volunteer. 

Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of our buses and facilities will be continued as was in place when we opened last year and in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

Regular cleaning and air circulation will be employed throughout all CYSD facilities.

    • MERV 10 filters have been installed since last year and will continue to be utilized.  These filters are higher than the EPA required MERV 8 for schools.  The systems are programmed to bring in outside air and this ensures all outside air is filtered, since we are required to remain below certain levels of pollens, allergens, mold and fungi.
    • Custodial staff will conduct frequent cleaning of high traffic areas throughout each school day as practicable.  
    • Sanitization of high touch materials/surfaces will occur to the maximum extent possible.
    • School buses will be cleaned at least two times per day and windows will be open to increase air circulation when feasible.  

Personal Hygiene/Self-Monitoring
Individuals are encouraged to practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.

    • Sanitizing supplies will be made accessible throughout all CYSD buildings and high traffic areas.
    • Efforts to reduce touch points, especially in high traffic areas, will be made where applicable.
    • Appropriate signage and communication will be provided regarding hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
    • Routine reminders of self-monitoring protocols and to stay home while ill will be shared via messages to families and reinforced with existing signage for Health & Safety procedures placed throughout all District facilities.
    • Individuals will continue to be encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school for use.
    • Nursing staff will continue to assess student and staff populations for signs and symptoms of acute illness, as needed.
    • Students and staff experiencing symptoms of illness should stay home.

Fall Events/Spectators
There will be no limits on spectators or attendance at fall sports or activities. 

Social Distancing
While social distancing is recommended, we are not able to enforce social distancing in classrooms, buses or common areas in accordance with CDC guidelines. Students and staff are welcome to physically distance themselves as practicable.

Public Reporting of COVID-19 Cases/Quarantines
Because of the changed guidance in closing procedures for schools established by the PA Department of Health for this school year, the District will not maintain and share a daily COVID-19 Tracker. Decisions on closing school or suspending activities due to COVID-19 will be made based on varying criteria and in consultation with the PA Department of Health. To learn more about the criteria, please view the accompanying document provided to school districts from PDE.

Quarantine/Contact Tracing
CYSD will follow the guidance outlined below when it comes to quarantining and contact tracing.

  • Contact tracing/Quarantines/Isolation Periods
    • The District will use the following criteria to determine close contacts.
      • Close contact definition: Within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period.
      • EXCEPTION – in a K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.  This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

  • Isolation periods
    • For positive COVID cases (vaccinated OR not vaccinated), the isolation period is 10 days from start of symptoms or 10 days from positive test if asymptomatic).
    • Following the 10 day isolation period, individuals may return if they are fever-free , without fever-reducing medications, and all other symptoms have improved

  • Notifications for Close Contact/Exposure From School
    • Once the school is notified of a positive case in a school setting, administrators will send a letter to families/students who may have been exposed.
    • The letter will contain recommended quarantine information for those who wish to quarantine, however the District will not enforce the quarantine for those who were exposed.
    • Anyone exposed and showing symptoms must stay home and may follow the quarantine guidelines for testing and their return.
    • The DOH might also contact families with quarantine information.
    • CYSD cannot enforce any quarantine for exposed individuals showing no symptoms at the time.

The School Board will continue to review timely information related to the Health and Safety Plan and to provide opportunities for public review and dialogue of this plan during the 2021-2022 school year.

Thank you for your continued support of Central York School District.


Coronavirus Resources  from other sources

The following are resources that have been shared with the District and that the District has shared in an effort to help us communicate with our staff, families and community about this issue.

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Informational Website

Pennsylvania Department of Health Coronavirus Informational Website