January 15, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to update you regarding the recent impact of COVID-19 on our school community. We currently have 64 students in quarantine due to exposure across our Middle and High School buildings. We have 20 instructional staff, 3 support staff and 2 transportation providers in quarantine. We have two positive COVID-19 cases at the High School, two positive cases at the Middle School with a potential third not yet confirmed, 1 positive case at the Elementary School with a possible second case not yet confirmed. As such, we will continue with 100% remote instruction for the Middle and High School through Friday, January 22, 2021 with return to our regular in person learning schedules on Monday, January 25, 2021. The Elementary School grades Pre-k-4 will return to in person learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Please anticipate follow up communication from Building Leaders and individual Teachers, as well as our School Lunch Specialist. Continue to refer to our website for all past and future communications at www.tburgschools.org. These are difficult times for our community, thank you for your flexibility, support, and commitment to the success of our scholars. Please keep those directly impacted by the virus in your thoughts. We send you our best wishes for good health. Be well, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
January 14, 2021 (Message 2) Dear Trumansburg Families, In consultation with the Department of Health and our Administrative Team, the District will be 100% remote for ALL grades (PreK-12) on Friday, January 15, 2021 to minimize additional exposure and follow precautionary measures during contact tracing. We will provide additional communication and updates as we receive more information. REMINDER: NO SCHOOL – Monday, January 18, 2021 Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
January 14, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Families, The District was notified by the Department of Health mid-day today of COVID positive cases that will impact student attendance on campus at the Middle School and High School levels. The Department of Health has recommended an early dismissal at 1:00 p.m. today for Grades 5-12 to minimize additional exposure. Students in Grades 5-12 will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. today. The District will provide transportation for students that typically ride an afternoon bus home. The Elementary School (Grades PreK-4) will be dismissed at regular dismissal time. Out of an abundance of caution, January 15, 2021 will be 100% remote learning days for Grades 5-12. The Elementary School (Grades PreK-4) will report to campus tomorrow for in-person learning. All afternoon activities and athletic practices have been cancelled for today and tomorrow. We will provide additional information and updates as we receive more information. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
Dear Trumansburg Community, In the wake of the distressing events that took place at our national Capitol yesterday, we feel the responsibility to share how our District is responding. We look to our staff to help children understand our government through active listening and constructive dialogue honoring multiple perspectives, experiences and backgrounds while emphasizing that acts of violence are not representative of how our government works. We will continue to support our staff as they facilitate discussions around the recent incidents within the context of all of our recent history including: • Perspectives on the campaign and election process • Social Justice movements and the quest for greater understanding of race in our nation’s history • The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of our community As a District, it is always our responsibility to educate our students in a way that reflects our evolving history without taking sides on politics or religion. That said, we maintain an obligation to promote ideals of non-violence, justice, anti-racism, and equity. Additionally, our pupil personnel teams will be available to provide support and resources to adults and students. The following website may be beneficial in helping students unpack the emotions and viewpoints they may be experiencing during this stressful time. Please take care of one another and be well. Sincerely, The Administrative Team Parent Engagement Website: https://sites.google.com/tburg.k12.ny.us/parent-engagement/home Notification Dated: 01/07/21
The Food Service Department has produce boxes available to families that could use them. They are available today between now and 12:00pm, and then again today from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the High School circle. Please sign up at this link. https://forms.gle/85kL7dsJbtnMxDWx6 Distribution will be self-serve
Did you order your student meals for next week? Orders are due by the end of the day every Thursday! https://www.tburgschools.org/page/school-nutrition-services
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT! Did you order your remote student meals for next week? Orders are due by 3pm today! https://www.tburgschools.org/page/school-nutrition-services Orders can be picked up at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, January 5th and Thursday January 7th at the High School Circle. If you need extra food, please email email@example.com for additional non-perishable food items to be included in your pick up.
REMINDER: No School from December 23, 2020 - January 1, 2021! Have a wonderful break!
Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you that I am writing to provide you with another COVID-19 update. We have been notified that two of our high school students have tested positive for COVID-19. The last date of attendance for both students was Thursday, December 10, 2020. Our high school nurse, building administrator and other personnel are working in cooperation with the Department of Health on contact tracing. The contact tracing process aims to identify all students and faculty members who may have been exposed and determine whether they need to quarantine. At this time, we anticipate that approximately 41 high school students and 14 faculty members will be placed in quarantine. Any person on the contact tracing list will be notified by both our school nurse and the Department of Health. Our sincerest well wishes for a quick and full recovery to all of those who have been directly impacted. My thoughts are with you as we approach this holiday season. Sincerely, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT! Pre-Ordered Produce Boxes – no pick today, rescheduled for 4pm on Friday, December 18th. Did you order your student meals for next week? Orders are due by the end of the day every Thursday! https://forms.gle/n5Pk4LDDaz64ttJB7 - pick up is scheduled for December 22nd! If you ordered a Holiday Meal Kit, just a reminder that pick is scheduled for Tuesday, December 22nd. Questions can be directed to our School Lunch Specialist, Rosemarie Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
T'BURG SCHOOLS FOOD DRIVE! Please help us meet our goal! Let's feed T'Burg students that are homebound over the holidays and into the new year! Donations are accepted at the Trumansburg Shur Save until Friday, December 18. Thank you for your support! #tburgstrong For more information check out our Facebook page!
MESSAGE FROM FOOD SERVICE: If you are interested in picking up meals for your students who are newly remote as of today, we are offering 2 days of meal pick-up on Tuesday and Friday, with two lunches and two breakfasts at each pickup. Please sign up here by 9PM tonight (Monday 12/14) if you are interested. https://forms.gle/kWsTtobX6151oGH68 Pick-up is at the High School Main Office. We are also receiving 63 produce boxes from the Food Bank this Thursday 12/17. If you are interested, please sign up below. Pick-up will be 4:00-4:30 pm at the high school main office. https://forms.gle/rRmC92qhqQBzA7et6 Lastly, we have another holiday box planned for families who could use a little extra food for the long holiday break. The first 100 boxes will feature local kale from Stick and Stone Farms, butternut squash from Silver Queen farm and Stick and Stone, Gold Rush apples from Black Diamond Farms, apple cider from Red Jacket, eggs from Autumn’s Harvest Farms, Ciabatta Bread from Wide Awake Bakery, and a gallon of NYS milk. We will post recipes online on our website. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oDPodoK3Pij6xeaL7
December 14, 2020 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to inform you that although our District has attempted to adapt to the conditions caused by COVID-19, we are currently struggling to adequately provide classroom coverage in far too many of our classrooms. Our commitment to teachers and students to keep them in similar pods is no longer possible as we have multiple adults covering any one classroom daily. Acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure students, faculty, and staff's health and safety, we will move to 100% remote learning for grades PreK-12 starting Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and continue through December 22, 2020. Holiday recess is Wednesday, December 23 through January 2, 2021. After the holiday, student on-line instruction will resume January 4, 2021 with a tentative plan to return to in-person instruction Monday, January 11, 2021. As an administrative team, we believe that moving to 100% remote instruction for a planned period will provide a higher level of instruction versus the constant disruption of unplanned absences that fall outside of our control. Shifting the District to remote instruction the week following the December break will ensure a safe and healthy return to learning after the recess. Please anticipate follow up communication from Building Leaders and individual Teachers. School Lunch will continue to be provided through December 22, 2020 and resume again after the New Year. A direct communication from the School Lunch Department will follow later today. Please continue to refer to our website for all past and future communication at www.tburgschools.org. These are difficult times for our community, thank you for your flexibility, support, and commitment to the success of our scholars. I hope this holiday season you have time to enjoy your traditions safely with family. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
December 11, 2020 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to provide you with a COVID-19 update. As a continuation of the impact from the positive Middle School (MS) COVID-19 case that we received notification of late Wednesday, December 9, 2020, we will continue 100% remote instruction for just the 8th-grade cohort, including 8th-grade faculty and staff, through Tuesday, December 22, 2020. That means the 8th-grade cohort, including faculty and staff, will not return to in person instruction until January 4, 2021. The Department of Health has a complete list of individuals that need to be contacted due to exposure. The contact tracing process may be delayed due to the vast number of cases in the general region of Tompkins County (not just our District). Students, faculty, and staff in grades 5-7 should plan to return to their regular in person schedules beginning the week of Monday, December 14, 2020, unless instructed otherwise by our building leader, Megan Conaway. We will continue to provide you with updates as expediently as possible. Our sincerest well wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who have been directly impacted. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
MESSAGE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES: Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to navigate COVID safety protocols. As indicated in this evening's District communication, all 7th & 8th grade students will continue with remote learning for tomorrow, Friday, December 11, 2020 (Fridays are asynchronous learning as usual). After careful consideration, we determined that ONLY 7th & 8th grade students will remain remote at this time. All 5th & 6th grade students (with the exception of the Morse/Stearns pod) will return to in-person learning for tomorrow, Friday, December 11, 2020.
December 10, 2020 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to provide you with a COVID-19 update. As an outcome of the positive Middle School (MS) COVID-19 case from last evening, we will continue 100% remote instruction for all MS students in grades 7&8, including 7&8 faculty and staff, until further notice. Our nurse, building administrator, and other personnel have been working in cooperation with the Department of Health on contact tracing. The contact tracing process may be delayed due to the vast number of cases in the general region of Tompkins County (not just our District). We will continue to provide you with updates as expediently as possible. Our sincerest well wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who have been directly impacted. Sincerely, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
December 10, 2020 Good Evening Trumansburg Community, I am writing to provide you with a COVID-19 update. We were notified this past hour that a member of our Middle School (MS) faculty has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we will shift to 100% remote instruction for all MS students grade 5-8, including 5-8 faculty and staff, for at least tomorrow, December 10, 2020. Our nurse, building administrator and other personnel will work in cooperation with the Department of Health on contact tracing. The contact tracing process aims to identify all students and staff/faculty members who may have been exposed and determine whether they need to quarantine. We will be providing you with another update late tomorrow afternoon. Our sincerest well wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who have been directly impacted. Sincerely, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
Did you order your student meals for next week? Orders are due by the end of the day every Thursday! https://www.tburgschools.org/page/school-nutrition-services
December 7, 2020 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to provide you with an update on items that began late last week and carried over into the weekend. Some of you are already aware that there was a positive COVID-19 case in the MS on Monday, November 30th. We have been working with the Tompkins County Department of Health Department (DOH) as they continue to lead the contact tracing work. After considering all students and staff's safety, I decided that the pod of students in the exposed MS room would move to remote learning for today, December 7th . Also, all staff members who had direct contact (for more than 10 minutes) with this group will be /working remotely. That represents five teachers, one school monitor, and twelve students in anticipated quarantine. This afternoon, I was able to confirm with the DOH that remote learning should be extended through December 14, 2020, that means this pod and associated teachers will return to in-person instruction on December 15, 2020. It is critical to highlight that as of 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, the DOH had not successfully reached all families or faculty/staff to inform to quarantine. I was also informed that Schuyler County would not have opportunity to notify two of the faculty members until today as they are closed over the weekend. Acting out of an abundance of caution, the District notified all parties that they "may" need to quarantine and should expect a call from DOH. This is a public health issue; therefore, a mandate to quarantine can only come from DOH. The DOH is overextended, handling the volumes of calls and investigating potential contacts for the entire region. Additionally, late Thursday afternoon, we were notified that BOCES had multiple persons impacted by exposure, which led to a BOCES wide move to remote learning. The exposure placed one of our school monitors as well as five students in quarantine. Please keep all of these individuals in your thoughts. Schools continue to be a low spread community; our mitigation efforts will promote everyone's safety. Have a fantastic Monday! Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
MESSAGE FROM THE FOOD SERVICE DEPT: Great news! The Food Service Department has 63 produce boxes to give away! Squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, and more! Please sign up if you are interested. https://forms.gle/bqbKN66UQ1THLtLQA Produce boxes will be handed out today (12/03/20) between 3:00 and 3:30 pm at the High School Bus Circle. If you are unable to pick your produce box up until later today, a box with your name on it will be left at the High School's main entrance on the sidewalk. If you are already scheduled to pick up student meals this Friday at 12:30 pm, you can opt to have your produce box included with your student meals. #tburgstrong