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When should my c
hild return to school 
if they have been sick?  

Click here to see new YCS Illness Guidelines

Topping It Off!

Blue Ridge Elementary School is "Under Roof"


Drone Footage of Setting the Cupola - Click here:

A huge project milestone for the new Blue Ridge Elementary School has been reached!
Under blue sky and bright sunshine, the metal cupola roof for the Maker-Space section 
of the new elementary school was set in place on Wednesday, October 31st.  
This officially marks the construction project being “under roof”. 

Staffs from Bald Creek and Clearmont Elementary Schools will be touring the new facility on November 6th.  

Free and Reduced Meals Online Application

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Pay Schools- Secure Online Payment


YCS Parents,

As a convenience, you now have the ability to make secure online payments to your child's school. You can easily add money to your child's lunch account as well as other school payments. Credit card information will be required along with the knowledge of your child’s student id number, school name and grade.  Funds deposited to a student’s account typically appear in their account within 24 hours. An internet convenience fee will be charged for each transaction.  Select the icon below to access.

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School Bus Safety


Good News

A special thanks to our students, staff, leadership and extended school community for your part in making Yancey County Schools a community of excellence. As each of us work individually and collectively, we ensure continued improvement for all.

2018 Roadmap of Needs Released

This week, the 2018 edition of the NC Roadmap of Needs was released. Again this year, as in 2017, Yancey County Schools rank as the 8th best in the state. The NC Roadmap of Needs, sponsored by the Public School Forum of NC and the NC Center for Afterschool Programs, considers four educational criteria in determining their rankings. The four criteria are; graduation rate, 3rd grade reading proficiency, Math I proficiency, and AMO targets reached. A ranking of 8th is an improvement over earlier years. In the 2016 edition Yancey County Schools was ranked 13th. In the 2014th edition of the Roadmap of Needs, Yancey County Schools was listed at 16th. Five years ago, the 2013 edition listed Yancey County Schools as 24th. This steady improvement over the past few years is something we can all be proud of.


The Roadmap of Needs is a whole child needs assessment that includes 20 indicators of wellness across four domains: health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development. When looking at all four domains and the 20 economic factors, Our county ranks 33 in the state. In the other three domains, Yancey County ranked 88th in health, 50th in youth behavior and safety, and 44th in economic development. To read the full assessment go to:


Ready Rosie Lint to Web Site

ReadyRosie sends 2 minute videos to your phone or email. The videos show parents like you, doing fun and interesting activities with their child, ages birth-eight.  When you do them with your child, they build important learning skills and have fun too!

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Yancey County Schools is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina providing education to approximately 
2,400 students through six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and a K-8 alternative program.

MISSION STATEMENT                                                  
Yancey County Schools strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower all students to achieve their full potential as life-long learners and global citizens.


Press Releases

  • Press Releases and other Items of Special Interest
  • Changes to YCS School Calendar Last week’s Winter Storm Diego kept Yancey County students out of school a total of four days, returning to school on Friday on a two hour delay.  As of Friday, this makes a total of nine days of school that have been lost to inclement weather this school year – creating a challenge for the remainder of the school year as we’ve yet to move into the true winter weather months of January, February, and March. To help recover instructional hours, Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton has made changes to the school calendar as follows: Friday, December 21st – The last school day prior to winter break and originally a half-day of school is now a full day of ...
    Posted by Xan Robinson
  • New Notification System Nov. 1st       Yancey County Schools will begin using a new notification call system beginning November 1st … called SwiftK12 … and parents and staff will see a difference in how they are receiving school news through calls, texts, and emails.    With our previous system, YCS was, at times, experiencing significant delays in call delivery, the looping of messages, partial message delivery, or no delivery at all. In moving to the SK12 system, this will allow YCS to get contact information more streamlined, allowing calls, texts, and emails to be delivered in a much quicker and more efficient manner.    So what does this mean to our parents?   SK12 is embedded in our PowerSchool Student Data System.   The only numbers that will now receive calls ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:30 AM by Xan Robinson
  • American Red Cross Pillowcase Project Recently, third and fourth grade students at both South Toe and Micaville Elementary Schools participated in the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project.  The Pillowcase Project was created by the American Red Cross after the organization learned that during Hurricane Katrina many people used pillowcases to carry their valuables when they evacuated.  In partnership with Disney, the Red Cross developed a multiyear effort to provide elementary school students with an emergency preparedness education program. This program includes information on how to stay safe during an emergency as well as provides a Disney-designed pillowcase to every participant. Guided by nursing students from Lees McRae College, students at both elementary schools learned how to prevent and stay safe during a home fire ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2018, 9:36 AM by Xan Robinson
  • Yancey County Schools Works to Maintain Quality Educational Programs Despite Budget Concerns Yancey County Schools is working hard to maintain stable learning environments for students, consistent work environments for Yancey County School employees, and a responsible budget despite low revenues. Three revenue sources - state, federal, and local- provide large portions of general operating funding for Yancey County Schools.  The majority of state funding is based on yearly student enrollment figures or average daily membership.  Declining student enrollment in past years has caused a decrease in the number of state-funded positions awarded to Yancey County Schools on a yearly basis. According to information from the NC Department of Public Instruction, from the 2011 – 12 school year until the present, Yancey County Schools lost approximately 44 full-time positions from cafeteria staff to ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 10:15 AM by Xan Robinson
  • Storm Damage to Schools and Campuses Across the County Storms across the region the past couple of weeks have caused numerous issues to Yancey County Schools. A lightning strike to the scoreboard on the football field resulted in multiple issues at Cane River Middle School.  Superintendent Tony Tipton reports, “Not only did we have several computer desktops that were damaged at Cane River, but the fire alarm system had to be serviced by the installing company and two of the employee badge scanners that allow staff to enter the building were damaged and are having to be replaced.  And of course, the scoreboard on the football field – that could end up being a major expense to repair or replace.” The football field area at East Yancey Middle School also ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 12:39 PM by Xan Robinson
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