Reopening Health & Safety Plan

Posted on: August 7th, 2020

Please click here to review the Reopening, Health & Safety Plan carefully.  


October 23, 2020


Dear YC Families,

Thank you for the support and flexibility you have shown since we reopened our school in August.  As we end the 1st marking period next week, we are blessed to share we have had no positive cases of students or staff to date.  

For the 2nd marking period, we will continue all of our current health and safety protocol:

  • Students and staff are COVID-screened each morning, including temperature checks.
  • Each classroom is provided with sanitizing wipes (to clean high touch points such as desks after each student use). 
  • Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and common areas. 
  • Our cleaning staff uses non-toxic cleaning solutions for all high touch surfaces including restrooms, handrails, doorknobs, and hallways and clean these areas frequently throughout the day. They also use cleaning equipment similar to that which is used in the medical setting (Clorox Total 360 Cleaning System eligible for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, antistatic backpack sprayers, and antistatic foggers).  
  • All air conditioners contain filters or ionizers.  
  • Students and staff wear masks.
  • Students and staff maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  • Lunch tables are equipped with plexiglass dividers between each student.
  • Classes are dismissed on a staggered schedule to reduce high traffic in the hallways.

For the second marking period, we will also continue to provide our students and families with a virtual learning option in an effort to meet any health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To help us continue to provide a virtual learning option that balances academics with health and safety needs, the following procedure will be in place throughout the remainder of this school year for those families who wish to change from one learning option to another (Virtual to In-Person or In-Person to Virtual ) during the 2020-2021 school year. The chosen learning option will be in place for a full marking period before it can be changed again, should a family wish to do so.  

  • If you do not wish to change your child’s learning option, you do not need to do anything at this time.
  • If you do wish to change your child’s learning option for Marking Period 2, please see below for instructions

Deadlines for notifying Mrs. Hand at of your intent to move from one learning option to another for Marking Periods 2, 3 and 4 are listed below: 

  • October 28 Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 2nd marking period (Q2)
  • November 2 Change in effect (duration of Q2)
  • January 14  Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 3rd marking period (Q3)
  • January 19  Change in effect (duration of Q3)
  • February 17 – Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the second half of 3rd marking period (Q3)
  • February 22 – Change in effect for the remainder of Q3

  • March 26  Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 4th marking period (Q4)
  • April 6   Change in effect (duration of Q4)

Please note the following: 

  • Students who are required to quarantine due to health and safety concerns and/or travel may still switch to remote learning during the quarantine period to avoid the disruption of their studies. 
  • York Catholic reserves the right to make changes as needed on a case-by-case basis. 

Thank you for all your family is doing to help keep York Catholic a safe learning environment.


Katie Seufert ‘96


August 1, 2020


Dear Families,

As you know, the start of the 2020-2021 school year will look and feel different as we continue to navigate the health situation related to COVID-19.  As guidelines evolve, our school will continue to adapt to the recommendations issued by federal, state, Diocesan, and local entities for our area.  

As previously published, York Catholic High School plans to “Return to Learn” in person, on campus, 5 days per week for the 2020-2021 school year.  As an alternative to in-person instruction, families will be given the option to participate in virtual instruction via “simultaneous teaching.” Webcams and tripods have been placed in every classroom to allow students who choose (for COVID-related reasons), to participate live in the classroom from home as if they were seated in the physical classroom themselves.  We are prepared for all possible alternatives, should further remote learning be necessary as a result of a required physical campus closure.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to Return to Learn at YC for the 2020-2021 school year.  As always, we appreciate your partnership in the Catholic education of your children.


Katie Seufert ‘96

Message Regarding Face Mask

Posted on: August 2nd, 2020

August 12, 2020

~York Catholic Mission Statement~
Guided by a Christian moral compass, we educate our students
in an atmosphere of faith, family and mutual respect,
preparing them to serve the global community.

Dear York Catholic Community,

Recently, the mission of York Catholic High School has been called into question. Our community finds itself performing the necessary work of reflection. For more than 90 years, our school’s faith-based mission has provided for the education and formation of a community comprised of 10,000 alumni. Our desire has always been to ensure our community members feel they are equal and respected.

“There may be no division in the body,
but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it;
if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.”

~ 1 Corinthians 12: 25-26 ~

We’re all united in our desire for York Catholic to be a community that provides an inclusive environment for everyone within the teachings of the Catholic Church. It’s through that truth that we will remain strong and follow a path forward that seeks to ensure everyone can freely express their feelings.

Over the last week, we have been in contact and spoken with several members of our community, and we have listened a great deal. We have communicated with a representative of the York Catholic African-American Alumni Association and look forward to our continued discussions with their organization. Those discussions will involve our continued commitment to listen. As many of you know, a peaceful protest march is planned this Saturday, which will end at the high school. We have spoken with community members who are assisting with the march. Measures will be in place to provide for the safety of the participants and our campus. We respect the rights of all participants in this march, and we support their desire to be heard.

For our community, the path in front of us is important. We seek to listen for understanding and provide an opportunity for healing. In doing so, York Catholic will remain true to our mission by fostering an atmosphere of faith, family and mutual respect, as we prepare our students to serve our global community with grace.


Katie Seufert ’96

August 2, 2020

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, a statement written by the parent of a recent graduate of York Catholic High School circulated publicly on social media. The statement indicated that the graduate had been told to remove a “Black Lives Matter” face mask prior to entering St. Joseph Church in York for the celebration of the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020.

Each graduate was given a face shield to be worn in lieu of a face mask. Graduates gathered outside the church prior to processing inside. They were checked in, asked several questions regarding exposure to COVID-19, and temperature checked. Two other graduates chose to wear a solid face mask with no writing in addition to the actual shield and sought permission in advance to do so.

The graduate mentioned in the statement by the parent did not seek permission to wear a face mask in addition to the face shield, nor was the face mask worn at all during the 45 minutes prior to the processional portion of the ceremony. It was not until the last minute, right before entering the church, that the face mask with writing was put on. York Catholic administration directed the face mask to be removed privately, away from the other graduates and guests.

The decorum of York Catholic’s Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies follow the tradition that no messages are permitted on caps or gowns. Any graduate wearing a cap, gown, or mask with any message would have been asked to remove it.

We wish to re-emphasize that York Catholic believes in the dignity of all human persons, and the equal treatment of all people. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect.


Mr. Arthur Full
Chairman, York Catholic School Board

Very Rev. Daniel K. Richards, V.F.
Dean of the York Deanery
Pastoral Chairman, York Catholic School Board
Chaplain, York Catholic


June 2, 2020

York Catholic Family,

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 has left the world, our nation, our community, and each of us experiencing a variety of emotions including sadness, anger, and horror. It is disheartening that actions of hate and injustice continue in our society. It is clear there is much more progress to be made.

In the last week and a half, the York Catholic community has proven, across social media and through other communication channels, it stands for what is right and just, reinforcing the values of faith, family, and mutual respect for all of mankind. We are proud. With each graduating class, we become more confident that our future is bright.

As Mr. Dan Breen, Superintendent and Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg, stated in his address to the senior class of 2020, “the world desperately needs you!” The world needs young men and women who will peacefully work for justice, defending the dignity and sanctity of all human life, and using the values and lessons instilled during their formative years of Catholic Education.

As a community, we must continue to stand strong together to ensure our Catholic Christian faith and values permeate every corner, from our care for our students and their families while they are in our halls to the mandate to serve the global community, leaving it better than we found it.

During these times, we must rely on our faith in Christ and faith in each other, which unite us. We must rely on our Christian values where discrimination, injustice, violence, and hatred are sins that will not be tolerated. And we must not allow the political rhetoric to divide us, but rather be united in our values and our voice. We must “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.”  And we must “love our neighbor as ourselves.”  For “on these two commandments depend all the law.” (Matthew 22)

May we all continue to believe in the power of the York Catholic community and remain proud of our collective voice for peace and justice. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect.

With hope,

Mrs. Katie Seufert ‘96

Click here for a message from Pope Francis and Bishop Gainer.

Open House

Posted on: July 9th, 2020



Spring Sports Livestreams

Posted on: March 11th, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the State of Pennsylvania currently has capacity limits for extra-curricular activities. As of March 3, 2021, indoor events and gatherings are limited to 15% of maximum occupancy. Outdoor events and gatherings are limited to 20% of maximum occupancy.
Those numbers include players/participants, coaches, trainers, security, medical, athletic game management, etc. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has instructed schools to follow the State of Pennsylvania directives regarding these capacity limits. With that direction, York Catholic will follow these spectator guidelines for Spring sports:

Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer Games
We can allow 4 guests per player, per game to attend home and away games. A guest list will be used at the admissions gate instead of tickets. The admission gate will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the game.

Volleyball Games
We can allow 2 guests per player, per game to attend home and away games. A guest list will be used at the admissions gate instead of tickets. The admission gate will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the game.

Track Meets
All track meets are held off of our property. While we do not regulate our off-site venues, we ask that all of our spectators respect our host schools and observe social distancing guidelines and Pennsylvania’s face covering mandate. York Catholic fans are expected to follow the 4 people per player rule at these events.

Tennis Matches
Unfortunately, York Catholic was informed by Penn State York that, due to COVID-19, we could not use their courts for our home tennis matches this season. As a result, all matches will be away matches. While we do not regulate our off-site venues, we ask that all of our spectators respect our host schools and observe social distancing guidelines and Pennsylvania’s face covering mandate. York Catholic fans are expected to follow the 4 people per player rule at these events.

General Rules for Home YC Athletic Events
  • All fans will be asked COVID-19 screening questions before entering.
  • All fans MUST wear face coverings during the events on school property.
  • Fans must maintain at least a 6 feet social distance between themselves and the fans near them, unless they reside in the same household.
  • All spectators must remain in the designated bleacher/sitting areas.
  • Spectators will not be permitted to stand outside the fence area and watch the games. Any spectator doing so will be asked to leave.
  • Spectators may not stand on the blacktop track around turf or grass areas.
  • All spectators will be asked to leave immediately after a game is completed. No congregating or meeting the players on or around the field/gym will be permitted.
  • For outdoor events, use of indoor school facilities will not be available. Portable restrooms will be available at the field.
  • No concession stands will be open during the games. No outside food or beverages are permitted at games.
  • There will be no re-entry to athletic events. Please be sure to bring everything from your vehicle that you will need during the event.
  • Stadium admission will be from the school-side gate only. The alley gate will not be used this season.

Home games will be live streamed from the stadium and gymnasium. Please click below and save to your Favorites:

York Catholic Stadium:

York Catholic Gymnasium:

Away Games
(click on the name of the host school):

This is and will be a fluid plan. We will continue to adjust as needed based on updated direction from the governing bodies (PA, PIAA, YAIAA). The safety protocols for all involved (participants, staff, and fans) are our first priority. The next priority is to give the students as many events as we can to get the full experience of middle and high school. We all understand having the support of parents, friends, and classmates is important to the students performing. At this time providing the students performing the experience they have earned is the goal. We ask all fans to comply with the rules and regulations we are under today so the students will not lose the opportunity of those experiences in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Carnations for Seniors

Posted on: February 8th, 2020

Anyone wishing to send a senior a congratulatory carnation may order it by clicking here.

The cost is $1 for each carnation and the order deadline is Friday, April 23, at 12 noon.

National Honor Society members will distribute the flowers on Tuesday, May 11.



Getting Ready for College

Posted on: February 1st, 2020

Parents of YC juniors are invited to attend an in person session on Getting Ready for College on Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 PM in the York Catholic auditorium.

Mrs. Eva Phillips, York Catholic College & Career Counselor, will be presenting information on starting the college planning and application process, the junior timeline, SCOIR guidance system, and other important items. Admissions Counselors from a few of our Guaranteed Admission colleges will also take part in the program and will be available to speak to after the presentation.

If you would like to attend this program, please email the parent’s name and the YC student’s name to Ms. Dill at

COVID screening, mask protocol, and social distancing will be observed.

Senior Final Exams

Posted on: January 15th, 2020

Final exams for seniors are scheduled for May 12-14.  

As a reminder, no trips will be approved during final exams (Student Handbook/Agenda pg. 31).  Students will not be permitted to take a make-up exam due to a trip.

Students who take more than one class in a major subject area will take the second conflict exam during the conflict time slot on the day of their scheduled exam.  The exam schedule is as follows:

May 12
Exam 1:  Math
Exam 2:  Social Studies
Exam 3:  Conflict Exams 

May 13
Exam 1:  Religion
Exam 2:  Science
Exam 3:  Conflict Exams 

May 14
Exam 1:  English
Exam 2:  Foreign Language 

Time Schedule
8:15 AM – report to homeroom
8:40-9:40 AM – Exam 1
9:55-10:55 AM – Exam 2
11:00 AM – dismissal
11:10-12:10 PM – Conflict Exam

Students testing in the AAC may be dismissed at a later time according to documented learning needs. All students are required to leave the building at the conclusion of exams unless staying for a supervised activity.  

Lucky Charms Club

Posted on: July 1st, 2019



Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to join our Lucky Charms Club for fun activities throughout the year organized by our YC students.

Click here to join the club and receive reminders about upcoming events.


2021-22 Calendar-at-a-Glance

Posted on: June 29th, 2019

Click here for a printer-friendly version of the 2021-2022 York Catholic Calendar-at-a-Glance.



2020-21 Calendar-at-a-Glance

Posted on: June 28th, 2019


Click here for a printer-friendly version of the 2020-2021 York Catholic Calendar-at-a-Glance.