Yancey Superintendent Weekly Report 9/25/20

Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

September 25, 2020

As we prepare for our students return on October 5, I appreciate everyone working together to meet the needs of our students and employees. We know that school will look different for our students as they return to health screenings, wearing masks and social distancing. However, the spirit of life long learning, friendships and being a part of an inviting school culture is very much alive and well in our school buildings. Students, we look forward to your chatter, inquisitive nature and most of all your laughter. Welcome back!

Custodian Appreciation Day 2020 !


Next Friday, October 2, is Custodian Appreciation Day! Our custodians are more important than ever in keeping all of us safe as we return to school. Thank you for keeping our buildings clean and sanitized so we can return to healthy school environments.

Last spring was most unique for our Senior Class of 2020. Through the difficulties of that last nine weeks, thank you to the students, faculty and staff for helping the kids finish strong at MHHS. The Cohort Graduation Rates were released this week and 92.2% of our students graduated on time with their class. Despite the pandemic, we continue to strive to assist all students to accomplish their life long dreams and goals. We also thank our parents and community members who work with our students to help them achieve their future goals.
Big picture
Big picture

Great Trails State Plan

Many of us are spending more time outdoors these days, exploring North Carolina’s trails and greenways by walking or biking. Take a moment and imagine one statewide trail network that connects all 100 counties. The N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina State Parks need your help to develop the Great Trails State Plan!

Take a minute and fill out this short survey.

What trails do you use and like most? What would make that experience better? What are the most important new trail connections that should be made? Your feedback matters and can help shape a trail network that will benefit generations to come.

Big picture

Revised YCS Calendar 2020-21

Big picture
Big picture


September 30, 2020 is the deadline to complete three additional training requirements that have been added to Public School Works for YCS employees.Please logon and complete your modules!

Big picture
Big picture

Are YOU Ready for 2021 Open Enrollment?

2021 Open Enrollment is October 15-31, 2020. Here’s what you need to know to make the right decisions in October to save you money throughout 2021.

All active and non-Medicare members will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan for the 2021 benefit year. Members who wish to enroll in the 80/20 Plan or who wish to reduce their monthly premium in either the 80/20 Plan or the 70/30 Plan by completing the tobacco attestation will need to take action during Open Enrollment.

Please note that retirees continue to have a $0 premium on the 70/30 Plan.

Here’s some important news for 2021:

  • No premium increases for the 3rd year in a row!
  • Members who select a Clear Pricing Project Provider as their Primary Care Provider will enjoy a $0 copay!
  • Reduced copays for members who visit a Clear Pricing Project Specialist!
  • Preferred and non-preferred insulin will have a $0 copay for a 30-day supply!
  • Preventive Services remain free – no copay or deductible – on the 80/20 and 70/30 plans!

Check out these savings that members will enjoy in 2021:



Big picture

Tobacco Users: Get a Head Start on Your Premium Credit for 2021!



(Active and Non-Medicare Members)














Tobacco users who want to earn their 2021 premium credit don’t need to wait for Open Enrollment. Tobacco users can complete a tobacco cessation counseling session at a CVS MinuteClinic or Primary Care Provider’s (PCP) office for FREE to earn a lower premium for 2021!









Tobacco users have until November 30, 2020, to take action. (If you combine your tobacco cessation visit with another service, there may be a copay.) For non-Medicare retirees, this activity is only applicable if you want to enroll in the 80/20 Plan.

Before your cessation counseling visit, visit the Plan’s website and print off instructions for your provider to ensure your visit is billed correctly and is FREE. This document is not required, but helpful for your provider. You will need to verify if your PCP offers tobacco cessation services as some providers do not offer this service.

If you are NOT a tobacco user, you will simply need to attest to that during the online enrollment process during Open Enrollment.

If you need additional help to quit using tobacco, the State Health Plan offers a variety of tobacco cessation resources to help you quit smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff, or even e-cigarettes (vaping). Get started today on your journey to quitting tobacco!