Changes to YCS School Calendar

posted Dec 14, 2018, 11:47 AM by Xan Robinson

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 school for students and staff. 

Friday, January 4, 2019 – Originally a mandatory teacher workday is now the return date for students from winter break and a full, regular day of school.  Professional Development training for teachers that had been scheduled for the 4th have been moved to January 3rd or have been adjusted on the 4th to accommodate the regular school day.

“These adjustments have not been made lightly nor something we want to do,” said Dr. Tipton, “but the reality is, the hours we can recover from this day and half equals attending Saturday School on three days.  Having already missed so many days – before January – can make it very difficult to meet our instructional hours for the year should we miss more school for inclement weather.”

A phone message was sent out to students’ families on Friday evening detailing the changes.  To see the current YCS school calendar, visit and click on the Calendars Tab – 2018-19 YCS Instructional Calendar.