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Food Distribution Serving times for this week

Meals for seven days will be provided

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27, 2020. School Resumes: November 30, 2020.

Local Resources for Mental Health

Please find this helpful document to share with families and the community regarding mental health especially during the pandemic and the holidays approaching

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YCS Artwork Display Hosted By First Fridays Ypsilanti

A collection of artwork created by Ypsilanti Community School students based on the theme of "Equality, Justice, and Diversity" will be on display in area businesses in November beginning on First Friday.

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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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Be a Grizzly

Welcome to Ypsilanti Community Schools

Mask Up YCS Design Contest for K-12 Students

The Marketing Department has two billboards near the high school that need a new design!  We want to invite YCS students K-12 to submit a design to be considered for our new MASK UP YCS campaign.  
Please see link to flyer for complete details and read carefully to ensure you have covered all requirements. All submissions are due Friday, December 4, 2020, by 4 p.m. to :  marketing@ycschools.us   Link to flyer
We are already excited to see the creative minds of YCS students at work!

YCS Food Distribution Locations and Schedule 

YCS Food Distribution Revised Schedule - Starting November 16

  • YCHS- Monday and Wednesday 9 am -2 pm

  • ACCE-Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-2 pm

  • Erickson- Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-2 pm

  • Holmes- Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-2 pm

  • Perry-Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-2 pm

Link to new food distribution flyer

Food Boxes

Starting Dates:

  • Thursday, October 1,  ACCE, Erickson, Holmes and Perry will distribute the combo boxes (dairy, produce, meat)
  • Tuesday, October 6,  ACCE, Erickson, Holmes and Perry will distribute the non-perishable food boxes
  • Monday, October 5, YCHS will distribute the combo boxes (dairy, produce, meat)
  • Wednesday, October 7 YCHS  will distribute the non-perishable food boxes
We will continue to follow this schedule until funding has ended.

Grab and Go Food Delivery

Ypsilanti Community Schools will now provide Grab and Go Food Delivery on Friday’s beginning October 9th through December 2020*.  Families can go to a bus route nearest their home to pick up 7 days worth of breakfast and lunch for each student in their household.  Food distribution sites will still remain 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.

Link to Grab and Go Food Delivery

Important Parent Letter Regarding YCS In-Person Instruction

A letter to parents from YCS Superintendent Alena Zachry-Ross regarding school closure for student's in-person. Link to letter to families.

Joint Call to Action

Washtenaw Schools and the Washtenaw County Health Department

Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) and their Superintendents plus the Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) have issued a joint statement regarding the spread of COVID-19 and prevention methods necessary so schools can continue planning for face to face learning (in phases). 
Please share this with your students, families, and friends so they may continue to take action on staying safe!

Letter from YCS Regarding Joint Statement from WCHD and WISD

Media Round-Up: Joint WCHD/Schools Press Release available in Spanish and Arabic

YCS District News

November 23, 2020

In the News:

  • In-Person Learning Tentatively Scheduled to Resume the Week of December 7th
  • Local Resources for Mental Health Especially During the Holidays
  • Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Turkey Giveaways by Puffer Reds
  • Thank You McDonald’s on Ecorse Road
  • Washtenaw Health Initiative Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period
  • Mask Up YCS Marketing Campaign
  • CDC Covid-19 Reminder
  • YCS Food Delivery

Click on the  link below to read the news articles
Link to District News: Week of 11.23.2020

YCS Virtual Online Directory

Link to the virtual online directory

Information can include:

  • School
  • Grade Level/ Teacher - First & Last of Teacher
  • Grade Level
  • Google Class Code
  • Zoom Chat Times
  • Live Instruction
  • Virtual Phone Number
  • Email Contact

YCS COVID Information

(all data updated every two weeks as of Nov. 6, 2020)

The report below  COVID-19 cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff.  Schools are required to report cases to their assigned Local Health Department.

Dashboard details and definitions link below:

Link to Dashboard Information

YCS Cases Dashboard

Link to Cases Dashboard Information

YCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan 

Link to YCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan



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.
Link to YCS Online Learning Program

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:

Link to more information about the 3 options




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

Last Month November 2020 Next Month

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


Education Project Referral - Homeless Services


Parents can complete the referral digitally now for homeless services.

Link to referral services

Preschool enrollment is open now!

Preschool enrollment is open now! Please see the attached document for more information on the enrollment process.

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Grassroots video series enlists Ypsi-area leaders of color to read children's books

When Erickson Elementary School teacher Kayla Dillion asked Erickson paraprofessional Kallista Walker and two other community members to record themselves reading a book, it sparked a grassroots initiative called Our Community Reads that has caught fire in the Ypsilanti area.

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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

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






A2 Community Foundation 2020 Youth Needs Assessment for High School Students

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AACF) is working with 25 youth from the Washtenaw County area to do a 2020 Youth Needs Assessment to learn about teens' disparities and issues in the area.
Please take a moment to share this survey with high school-aged students at YCS or in Washtenaw County.

Link to more information

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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

Washtenaw Health Initiative - Need Health Insurance

Marketplace Open Enrollment - November 1 - December 15, 2020

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When is the winter shelter open? – November 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2020 pending weather conditions. Shelter is available each night beginning at 8:30pm.
Link to flyer

Community Resources

Parkridge Community Center - Fall 200 Youth and Teen Programs

Come Join Us                                           

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Foster Parent 

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 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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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.

RAHS at YCMS Information

YCS Manuals

PDF DocumentM-STEP Parent Guide
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