District to operate on two-hour delay Thursday, March 16

The district will operate on a two-hour delay schedule Thursday, March 16. All students should report to school at 10 a.m. Breakfast will not be served.

School District Of The City Of York

Looping

The School District of the City of York will launch a new research-based program for the 2017-18 school year designed to improve student achievement and build strong relationships between teachers and families. It’s called looping, and we invite you to explore this page for more information about this initiative.

Jackson K-8 teacher Marissa James hugs student Ja’Tiana Gladfelter before school begins for the 2016-17 year. James ‘looped’ to 4th grade after having Ja’Tiana in 3rd grade. (YDR photo)

Teacher looping means that a teacher is assigned the same students for two years in a row, then returns to the previous grade level to begin the two-year process over again.  For example, students in Grade 1 during this school year will be promoted to Grade 2 for the next school year and will have the same teacher for Grade 2 as they had for Grade 1.  The current Grade 2 teacher will move down to Grade 1 and begin the two-year process for the next group of students.  This “loop” is what gives the process the name.

Looping is an integral part of the district’s Recovery Plan, which you can view here.

Here’s a story from The York Daily Record about the district piloting the looping program for 2016-17.

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers About Looping

Teacher looping means that a teacher is assigned the same students for two years in a row, then returns to the previous grade level to begin the two-year process over again.  For example, students in Grade 1 during this school year will be promoted to Grade 2 for the next school year and will have the same teacher for Grade 2 as they had for Grade 1.  The current Grade 2 teacher will move down to Grade 1 and begin the two-year process for the next group of students.  This “Loop” is what gives the process the name. Grades 3-6 will experience a “Modified Looping” structure where students will have the same teacher for English Language Arts and Social Studies for two years in a row.  These students will also have the same teacher for Math and Science for two years in a row.
Relationships always play a huge role in the success of any child.   The relationship between the teacher and child, teacher and family and of course, family and child is the driving force behind learning and growth.  As a school district, we value those relationships more than anything else in our school culture.  We believe in the importance of easing anxieties about the school year to allow our learners to have a sense of belonging which fosters academic and social success.

The research suggests that transitions for primary-aged children are difficult and time consuming.  Grade transitions require that students get used to a new teacher, new classmates, and learn new classroom rules and routines.  Having the same teacher for two years in a row will ease these anxieties and will benefit your child in the following ways:
  • Your child is used to the teacher’s routine and will begin the year without having to learn a new routine. They won’t spend the summer wondering who their teacher will be, if they can learn the rules soon enough, or who will be in their class.
  • The teacher knows your child’s strengths and needs, after having spent the past year with them. As a result:
    • They can begin with meaningful instruction on the first day of the school year and not have to spend two or three weeks “Getting to Know the Students.”
    • The teachers can develop a deeper understanding of the student’s learning styles and needs, both academically and emotionally.
    • Time-on-task will increase because of fewer disruptions and the students will be provided with a greater opportunity for learning a high quality curriculum.
  • The teacher will be able to implement a curriculum that builds on previous experiences and knowledge because they had the same student two years in a row.
  • Research shows that having the same teacher two years in a row may increase student achievement, improve student behavior, improve the student’s attitude toward school and builds greater parent/teacher partnerships.
  • This assignment structure helps to build a lasting and positive relationship between teacher, student and families. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to grow their friendships within the class from surface-level relationships to more meaningful and lasting friendships.

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