YCS Announcements

EMU Upward Bound and EMU Financial Aid Office is hosting a Financial Aid + FAFSA event.
Monday, 6:30-8:00pm, Setember 21, EMU Upward Bound and EMU Financial Aid Office is hosting a Financial Aid + FAFSA event. The goal of this event is to provide students and families with information that they'll need to prepare for FAFSA completion before it opens Oct. 1. 

Link to the flyer for more information

Friday Independent Student Work Project-Based Learning

The FOCUS: Cultivating our Students’ Genius through Project-Based Learning and Stories from our YCS Freedom Dreamers

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FREE* Flu Clinic event

Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Ann Arbor Pharmacy are hosting a FREE* Flu Clinic event on Saturday, October 10th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., for students, families, and community members.  Flu shots* are covered by insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid with a possible co-pay.  For those who are uninsured, the shots will be $25 each (cash or credit card).  We will also have a limited number of immunizations available for students who need updated immunizations.

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YCS Message From Transportation

Dear YCS Parents & Guardians,
Link to letter from Transportation

This message is to inform you that bus routes are available on the district website under the transportation page.  Please click on the school tab your student will attend for bus information.

Bus route information has been assigned based on your student’s Powerschool profile.  If your address has changed, you must contact your student’s school to update and provide the required documentation.  Changes may take up to 72 hours to complete.
If you have any concerns or if your child's route is more than 10 minutes late on Tuesday, September 8th, please call 734.221.2449.

Bus Routes

Estabrook YCMS YCHS



Start Time

End Time

Days of the Week

Estabrook TK - 5 8:15 a.m 2:15 p.m. Monday - Thursday
YCMS 6 - 8 9:15 a.m. 2:45 p.m. Monday & Tuesday
YCHS 9 - 12 8:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday


Ypsi Mask Project Launched To Help Ypsilanti Community Schools

A group of Ypsilanti residents launched a program called the Ypsi Mask Project for the purpose of making masks for Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

The goal is to provide masks to students, teachers and staff who will be taking part in face-to-face instruction in the fall. The Ypsi Mask Project has teamed up with Engage @ EMU to make 4,000 masks.  Maria Goodrich co-founded the Ypsi Mask Project in July and says, so far, they’ve made about 900 masks for Ypsilanti Community Schools

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YCS Food Distribution Locations and Schedule

As we begin the new school year remotely, YCS will provide meal services (breakfast and lunch options) at several locations in the Ypsilanti area for students 18 and under starting Tuesday, September 8th.

Link to Food Distribution Information 

YCS Options

This school year will be different than any of us have ever experienced or anticipated.  We are dedicated to keeping your children safe and giving them the best possible opportunity for school.  The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8th. Please take a few minutes to fill out the attached enrollment form and let us know your preference by completing the linked survey for returning to school. 

Here are the 3 options:

In-Person (face to face instruction): 

A traditional approach to school.  Students will physically attend a school and meet with their teacher(s) face to face.  Students attending Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade will meet 4 Days per week of in-person learning and 1 day a week of remote learning.  In grades 6 through 12, students will meet 2 days per week in-person and 3 days per week of remote learning.  There is no in-person option for preschool at this time. Classes will be limited to 15 students in each class.  Only certain schools will be open, and students may have to attend a school that is not their 'neighborhood' school.  

Remote (via Chromebook or Ipad):

Students will start the school year with online instruction.  Students will receive online instruction altogether (synchronous) sometimes and do work on their own using a Chromebook or Ipad (asynchronous) at other times.  When it is safe, students will transition back to in-person learning.  We will be making decisions about returning to in-person the first week in November. 

Online 100% (via Chromebook or Ipad):

Students will spend the entire year working online (asynchronous) and not in a school setting.  Students will check in twice a day (once in the a.m. and again in the pm).  Teachers will be available for the entire school day to assist students.  Students that select 'Online' will not transition back to a school this year.  This is a full-year commitment to Online school.  The advantage of Online instruction is that students have the flexibility to do school work on their schedule.  Another advantage is that students who are autoimmune compromised can still take YCS classes by YCS teachers safely. 

Criteria for In-Person Instruction:

The following criteria will be considered when selecting students for the “In-Person” (face to face) instruction.  Students will be evaluated case-by-case, and parent requests will be considered:

  • If the student has been identified as being academically behind at least 1.5 years or more
  • If the student needs access to food security 
  • If the student is homeless
  • If the student has an IEP or 504 Plan and does not have pre-determined health conditions that put the student at-risk of contracting COVID-19
  • If the student is identified as an English Learner
  • If the student needs access to supervision during school hours
  • If the student needs access to additional support services

You will be notified by email on or about August 21st of your child(s) assignment.

More information on the YCS return to school plan is available at the following link: 

Return to School Plan (YCS)

MI Safe Schools: Michigan 2020-21 Return to School Map (Governor’s Office)

School will begin Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.


District News

District News

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, is the first day of Fall!

Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Ann Arbor Pharmacy are hosting a FREE Flu Clinic event on Saturday, October 10th, for students, families, and community members.  Flu shots are covered by insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid with a possible co-pay.  For those who are uninsured, the shots will be $25 each.  We will also have a limited number of immunizations available for students who need updated immunizations. 

The community event will also have food distribution and curriculum packet pick-up for students. Eventbrite REGISTRATION is required for the community event on October 10th.

We are also hosting three clinics for current YCS students and teachers attending in-person classes on September 29th and 30th plus October 1st.
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Ypsi Can I Share is hosting a YCS/AAPS School Board forum for the candidates to speak to the community about their platform.  There are three people running for the YCS school board and will be on the panel. 

YCS Administration will host a Town Hall Meeting on September 28th at 6 p.m.  Log in information will be available on the website the day of the town hall.
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Parents and Guardians, please find the following information and reminders while students are in online learning.  These reminders are to help your students and to protect other students in online classrooms. 
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Food distribution continues at ACCE, Erickson, Holmes, Perry at YCHS. All sites are free for any child under the age of 18 or under 26 with special needs.  Please visit www.ycschools.us for detailed information and other up to date information!


YCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan 

Link to YCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Pla



Grades K - 12 - Revised

Our YCS Vision

The K-12 YCS Online Learning Program offers rigorous courses that are aligned to the Michigan Academic Standards and the Michigan Merit Curriculum. We are committed to offering a comprehensive list of courses that will prepare our students to be college ready upon graduation.

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The Lab School is committed to preparing all students to be conscientious, thoughtful, critical thinkers who are prepared for college and/or career success. Supporting our learners in this endeavor begins by creating innovative, high-quality learning experiences that are individually tailored.

  • Innovative, Individual, Differentiated, and Engaging STE(a)M Curriculum
  • Access to Ypsilanti Community Schools sports, clubs, and activities
  • Open, Inclusive, and Welcoming Environment
  • Access to Robotics, CNC, 3D Printing, Laser Cutter, Electronics, and more

111 S. Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti
STE(a)M FOCUSED Integrated STE(a)M curriculum

Link to application

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2020-21 School Year Calendar

PDF DocumentYCS 2020-21 Traditional Calendar

Please remember the first day of school for students K-12 is Monday, September 8, 2020. Pre-school students start after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 


Upcoming Events

  • 21 Sep
    • Financial Aid & FAFSA (All Seniors Families)
      Date: Sep 21
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
      About: College Financial Aid Office representative from Eastern Michigan University will be sharing and answering questions about college financial aid and FAFSA that are relevant to every college. 

      For questions or concerns 
      Mrs. Hairston: 301-653-1586 | jhairst6@emich.edu
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Washtenaw Superintendents' Association Statement

Statement on Racial Equity, Police Brutality, and Justice in the United States

Letter from the Washtenaw Superintendents' Association regarding the current events happening in the United States and our community. 
Ypsilanti Community Schools is always #StrongerTogether
Link to Washtenaw Superintendents' Association Statement


YCS and WCSO Announce Changes to the School Resource Officer Contract Press Release

Link to the press release

Administration Statement of Solidarity

Link to administration statement of solidarity

Statement of Solidarity Read at June 29 Board of Education Meeting

Link to the statement of solidarity read at the board meeting

YCS Town Hall Meeting - August 5, 2020

2020-21 - Return to School Plan

Link to 2020-21 Return to School Plan

We Are YCS

Ypsilanti Community High School Virtual Tour

Erickson Elementary School Virtual Tour

Feel the #IMPACT at Estabrook Elementary

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Happenings Around the District:

We Miss You!

Link to happenings

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Employee Rights

Link to download PDF


COVID-19 Human Resources - FAQs

Link to COVID-19 Human Resources - FAQs






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WIMA & WIHI Application Process and Dates

WIMA & WIHI Application Process and Dates

Washtenaw International Middle Academy
Application Process for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

Washtenaw International High School
Application Process for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

Dear YIES 5th-grade families,

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) partner school with Washtenaw International Middle Academy (WIMA), we want to share important dates and details about the 6th-grade WIMA Application Process for the 2020-2021 school year. We hope you can join us at the WIMA Admissions Info Night on January 8th @ 6pm where you can learn about WIMA's caring, diverse, and academically-focused learning community! The application opens tomorrow, Friday, November 8th and closes February 7th. For more information about WIMA&WIHI, please visit our website (wihi.org) and view this informational video.

YIES students who apply prior to the deadline have priority into WIMA after siblings (State Policy) are admitted. Since we have limited seats (64 total), we will likely have a lottery for the seats available for WIMA 6th grade students. Please review the dates and application details attached and contact admissions coordinator, Kelly Cartwright (KCartwright@wihi.org) with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school community!

Ms. Do 

Nhu Do, Principal
Program Director, Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium

Resources & Information

Community Resources

Education Project Referral - Homeless Services


Parents can complete the referral digitally now for homeless services.

Link to referral services

YCS Community Supporters] Ypsilanti Rotary Club Special Meeting

The Ypsilanti Rotary Club is excited to have a special guest speaker, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, on Monday, September 28, 2020, starting at noon.  This meeting is open to the public and will be presented via Zoom.  

Please register at https://ypsirotaryclub-congresswomandingell.eventbrite.com

(registration is not mandatory)

As the Ypsilanti Rotary Club President, please join us on Monday, September 28, 2020!

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YCS District News

First Day of school at YCS

Ypsilanti Community School (YCS) is excited to start the 2020-2021 school year under new learning options for students and families to stay safe and healthy! 

YCS is dedicated to student achievement and supporting the community, which was evident over the last four months as the district quickly transitioned to an online learning platform.  Our administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, and other staff are ready for the new school year as we adjust to face to face learning for our most vulnerable students and online learning for the majority of our students.  

We have worked tirelessly to prepare for Tuesday, September 8th, to ensure the safety of our students and staff while ensuring that our pre-k-12th graders are experiencing interactive learning opportunities remotely that will enrich their minds.  At YCS, we know our young scholars are resilient and will work hard to adjust to the new mode of learning.

A few reminders:

The YCS District Update was sent out last week to give families an outline to the start of the school year and how learning will operate per grade level.   Please review this outline and check your student’s PowerSchool account for detailed schedule updates and information.  All classes begin Tuesday, September 8th.

YCS Transportation Department has prepared bus routes for students who will have face to face classes starting Tuesday, September 8th. 

Estabrook F2F 2020-2021 Routes

YCMS F2F 2020-2021 Routes

YCHS F2F 2020-2021 Routes

YCS Food Distribution also begins on the first day of school.  Students 18 and under are eligible to receive food distribution weekly.  Please review the attached flyer for details about the distribution schedule and locations.  

Finally,  as we embark on this new journey together, please join us in celebrating the first day of school!  We have created signs for students, staff, and family to print and share their first day of school photos with us on social media.  

YCS First Day of School Signs



As always, please continue to check our website at www.ycschools.us for the most up to date information.  We wish you much success this school year and are here to help with any obstacles that may arise.  We are STRONGER TOGETHER!

MLive Articles on YCS Students First Day!

We are almost finished with our first day of school!  MLive did a very nice article with great pictures of our students returning to the first day of in-person classes at Estabrook! 


Rain greets Ypsilanti Community Schools students on the first day of school

First day of Ypsilanti Community Schools at Estabrook Elementary

EMU Upward Bound

EMU Upward Bound is looking to virtually support YCHS students during our Virtual College Club 4 nights a week. We have trained mentors and intentional programming for parents and students to support academic excellence and college readiness. We have been here to help Ypsilanti students for 50 years, and we will continue to exceed expectations! 

We Accept The Challenge! 

YCS Power of YOUth presents: #GiveASmile Gratitude Banner

Our first effort with YCS Power of YOUth is to publicly thank some of the essential workers in the Ypsilanti Community. We decided to personally thank the essential workers from our community who work hard and take risks so that the majority of us can buy food and have what we need. We chose to begin with grocery store workers. Our community will design a banner that will be displayed in local Kroger stores to express to the workers that we appreciate them, that we see them, and that we value them. This is a fun activity that offers families, siblings, and students an opportunity to create something for others.

Link to flyer

Enrichment Packets for Preschool to 8th Grade

Enrichment Packets for Preschool to 8th Grade

Enrichment packets are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed. These are the same packets passed out at the YCS Food Distribution Sites.

Link to Enrichment Packets to download

Link to Enrichment Parent Resources

Enrichment packets are still available at most food distribution sites or online at www.ycschools.us

Link to Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak - English | Link to Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Arabic | Link to Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Spanish

TRAILS Tips for Supporting Student Wellness at Home

RAHS Clinics are able to provide over the phone counseling services to students (and/or get them connected to needed resources) at phone number 734-998-2163. Washtenaw County CMH is also available for mental health support of families at 734-544-3050.

In addition, we are creating a guide to support staff self-care strategies during this difficult time and compiling resources that school staff can share directly with students to support student development and use of coping skills. If you find there are other mental health components we can provide and promote, please don't hesitate to let me know. 

Link to Tips for supporting student wellness

Link to Electronic_tips-for-supporting-student-wellness-at-home


Looking for Affordable Child Care?





Link to flyer

Link to more information page
A new child care program opened this summer at the former Chapelle Community School, an elementary school within the Ypsilanti Community Schools District at 111 South Wallace Boulevard, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Registration forms may be found here. For more information about touring the facility, please contact Lee Anna Pasker-Edens at lpasker@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8058.

The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center  (CDC) addresses a critical need for excellent quality, affordable child care in eastern Washtenaw County.

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YCS Sex Education

Advisory Board

We are seeking YCS parent input before recommendations are sent to the Board of Education. If you are a parent, please complete the survey found on our SEAB page.
Link to flyer information

Advisory Board Application

We're also recruiting new members of the YCS Sex Education Advisory Board to meet 4-6 times during the 2020 school year. Join the team by completing the application, the link to the application is found below.

We're also recruiting new members of the YCS Sex Education Advisory Board to meet 4-6 times during the 2020 school year. Join the team by completing the application, the link to the application is found below. If a paper application is necessary, please contact Shannon Hurley at Email: SHurley2@ycschools.us or Ph: 734-221-1104

An application for parents to join the Sex Ed Advisory Board.


Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools - University of Michigan for Healthy Schools

School-Based Health Center

  • YCHS contact phone number:  734-221-1007
  • YCMS contact phone number:  734-221-2271

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975

Ypsilanti Community Schools is in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in District programs, services, and activities. The District's policy manual for Section 504 can be found on the District's website.

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YCS Manuals

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PDF DocumentYCS FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

Employment Opportunities

Link to YCS employment opportunities

YCS substitutes teachers are needed! 

Daily substitutes are now at a $100/day rate and can contact EduStaff directly for the application process.
 www.edustaff.org or 877-974-6338