No Early Dismissal 04/29/2016

posted Apr 29, 2016, 11:01 AM by Xan Robinson

This is YCS and this is to clarify what has happened today.

YCS did receive a call from the Town of Burnsville that a water line break had occurred and was told that it would not be repaired for a couple of hours.

The decision was made for early dismissal—which involves all our schools because of our bus system . . . However, shortly after the decision to dismiss was made, the water was restored.

YCS will not dismiss school early today, Friday, April 29, 2016, BUT parents who received the dismissal information and were enroute to pick up their children DID have their children released to them without an early dismissal being charged against them.   We do apologize for the confusion.  


Thursday, April 21st Half Day School - Several Events

posted Apr 19, 2016, 12:51 PM by Xan Robinson

This Thursday, April 21, 2016, is a half day of school for Yancey County students - regular dismissal times of elementary 11:30 . . high school 11:45 and middle schools at 12:00 noon.

Kindergarten Kickoff at the Burnsville Town Center from 12:00 noon till 3:00 p.m. that day with Kindergarten Registration from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Parent are reminded to register at the elementary school in their home district elementary school.  

Middle School transition is also this Thursday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools. This is a great opportunity for current 5th graders to walk the halls and meet the faculty and staff at the middle schools to get ready to make their move to middle school next year.

And then finally on Thursday is high school parent day from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.. Parents of our Mountain Heritage students are encouraged to come out to the high school for teacher conferences at that time.

Looking into May, YCS does have  a holiday on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.  There is no school for students OR staff on Memorial Day, however, parents need to be aware of the following:

Elementary and middle schools will be giving End Of Grade tests on Thursday and Friday prior to the Memorial Day Weekend.  Students absences on Thursday and Friday will have great impact on the testing process.  Parents are encouraged to mark their calendars and make plans to begin their holiday weekend after school on Friday!

Last Day of School and MHHS Graduation Dates Set!

posted Apr 5, 2016, 7:20 AM by Xan Robinson

    At the April 4th regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education, Yancey County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton announced the last day of school for Yancey County students and the date for Mountain Heritage High School Graduation.
    Thursday, June 9, 2016, will be the last – half-day – of school for Yancey County students. Inclement weather in January and February had pushed the student end date to Monday, June 13th, however, meeting the state-mandated instructional hours of 1,025 per school year allows the Superintendent to forgive June 10th and 13th, making June 9th the final student day.
    Mountain Heritage High School Graduation will be on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. “Starting graduation earlier in the day helps with the problem of heat in the gymnasium. We want to keep our graduates, parents, and guests as cool and comfortable as possible during the graduation ceremonies,” stated Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton.
    Although this winter could be considered mild when compared to past winters, the threat of spring rains and flash floods can still cause an impact to school days and lost instructional hours. The YCS calendar still has a bank of instructional hours that could allow for 1-2 more days being forgiven should an unexpected spring snowstorm or flooding result in additional lost school time.
    “We appreciate the patience of our students, parents, and staff as we have worked through this year’s school calendar,” added Dr. Tipton. “We understand that parents, students, and teachers all want to know the last day of school as soon as possible to begin making summer plans.”

Good Friday & Other Calendar Updates

posted Mar 17, 2016, 5:29 PM by Xan Robinson

Next week is our final week before Spring Break!  Friday, March 25th will be a half-day of school for staff and students with regular early dismissal times of elementary at 11:30, the high school at 11:45 and the middle schools at 12:00 noon.

The end of the third nine weeks is April 8th  and don't forget that April 21st is a half-day of school for the Kindergarten - Pre-K Registration / Middle School Transition / High School Parent Day.

The original YCS Calendar had a May 3rd optional teacher workday (no school for students day).  The state board of elections has moved this primary run-off date to June 7th so Yancey County Schools WILL have school on May 3rd.

Because June 7th (new primary run-off date) is so close to the end of the school year, the local board of elections has worked very hard in finding alternate locations for voting precincts so there WILL BE SCHOOL on Tuesday, June 7th, 

Graduation and the last day of school will be set some time after Spring Break.

Calendar Update

posted Mar 11, 2016, 3:24 AM by Xan Robinson

The original date of March 24, 2016, for the Kindergarten Registration / Middle School Transition / High School Parent Day has been changed.

Because this day / events much coincide with the end of the third nine weeks, this day must "move forward" as snow days cause the end of the third nine weeks day to move forward.  Therefore, as April 8th is now the current end of the third nine weeks, Thursday, April 21st is now our new event date.

There will be a half-day of school on Thursday, April 21st with a Kindergarten Kick-off at the Burnsville Town Center beginning at 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.  Kindergarten and PreK Registration will be held at the elementary schools from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at each elementary school that day.

Middle School Transition will be held at Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. that day as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity for upcoming sixth graders to walk the halls of the bigger schools, meet the teachers, ask questions and go through an orientation by administration and staff.

And finally, Mountain Heritage High School will hold Parent Day from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday April 21st.  High school staff will be available for parents to drop for discussion.

School Calendar - Where do we stand?

posted Feb 18, 2016, 9:55 AM by Xan Robinson   [ updated Feb 18, 2016, 11:55 AM by Kay Ball ]

With the last few weeks of inclement weather, we wanted to provide an update as to where we currently stand on the Yancey County Schools Calendar.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016, is day 107 of our 180 day school year – which is actually a little bit better than where we were this time last year.  Here in Yancey County Schools, we calculate our school year on the number of instructional hours (1,025) with a 180 day calendar vs. the other option allowed by the state which is a flat 185 day calendar.

A couple of years ago, YCS extended our instructional day by a few minutes which gives us an overage or a “bank” of time in addition to the 1,025 hours.  Each time we have a 2 or 3 hour delay, those hours are deducted from this bank of time.  With the recent weather and loss of student days, YCS has used all Annual Leave Days and Teacher Workdays originally built into the school calendar.  For the remainder of the school year, any days missed will be No Days

Currently, our last day of school for students is Friday, June 10, 2016 and the final day for teachers/assistants is Monday, June 13, 2016.   With using No Days and Bank Time, Dr. Tipton does hope to avoid Saturday School or having to use Spring Break days.  But keep in mind, Spring is still several weeks away and if we experience another week or more of lost school days, this plan will have to be reassessed at that time.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents and the community as we continue to work through this school year.  It is our goal to keep everyone as updated as possible as we move forward in our school calendar.

Community Close Up YCS NC Pre-K Event

posted Feb 9, 2016, 7:55 AM by Kay Ball   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 7:57 AM ]

Listen to the recorded broadcast regarding the YCS NC Pre-K Kickoff by clicking link below.

WKYK Community Closeup  select YC Schools - Pre K Special Event


posted Jan 25, 2016, 9:06 AM by Xan Robinson

Yancey County Schools, who is the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Contract Administrator for Yancey County, is hosting a Pre-K Kickoff Celebration for Yancey County families on Tuesday, February 16th at the Burnsville Town Center.  Festivities begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. 

This event is the first opportunity for families with eligible three and four year-old children to register to attend one of the county’s four licensed NC Pre-K sites for the 2016-17 school year. 

If you have a child that will turn four before August 31, 2016 and meets NC Pre-K Program eligibility standards, your child may further qualify for free NC Pre-K slots at one of the four centers.  Yancey County Schools will have staff on hand to assist families in completing applications and to answer questions about the Pre K centers. 

Other agencies will also be available to assist families with funding opportunities to assist them in covering the cost of Pre-K services, including the Department of Social Services who will have information on NC Child Care Vouchers.  The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children will have information regarding other child care services available. 

You are encouraged to bring your child to the Kickoff Celebration.  There will be several fun activities and learning centers and each child will receive a “Welcome to Pre-K” learning bag filled with items that will help prepare them for this exciting new Pre-K learning adventure!  You can complete registration forms on site or pick them up and return them at a later date.  For more information about the Pre-K sites in Yancey County or the NC Pre- K Program, you can visit or call Yancey County Schools at 828-682-6101.


Retirement Celebration

posted Jan 17, 2016, 4:09 AM by Xan Robinson


posted Jan 6, 2016, 7:58 AM by Xan Robinson

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Yancey County Board of Education shall, pursuant to NC General Statute 143-33(c), hold a special meeting at the following designated place and time:

Date of Meeting:

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Time of Meeting:

6:00 p.m.

Place of Meeting:

Superintendent’s Office

YCS Central Office Building


Purpose of Meeting:

To discuss a personnel matter.


Xan Robinson

Board Recorder

Posted 01-04-16  6:21 p.m.

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