June 11, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, Today, the District learned of another positive COVID-19 case in our elementary school. Our school personnel has worked closely with the Department of Health to identify those directly affected. Nineteen individuals were impacted and are now in mandatory quarantine. Our building principal is working with instructional staff and families to ensure continuity in instruction. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools TCSD
13 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
June 8, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, The search for the next Charles O' Dickerson High School Principal is underway. The selection process began with 11 applicants; from that pool based on certification and experience, the pool was narrowed to six candidates. The administrative team screened those six applicants on Friday, June 4, lending to four individuals participating in a future principal roundtable interview process with stakeholder focus groups. The focus groups will be composed of students, parents, other community members, and staff. Participants will offer their feedback on the question: "What are the qualities necessary for the next principal of Charles O' Dickerson High School?" and arrive at key interview questions to assess which candidate is the best choice for our district. Based on the interviews, focus group input, and qualifications, two finalists will be recommended to the Superintendent and the Board. We desire to have a new appointment in place by August 15, 2021. If you are interested in participating in a stakeholder focus group, please click on this link (https://forms.gle/Cd81kQEfqJgZpQd68) noting your interest. We are looking for eight to ten individuals in each focus group. If there is more interest than opportunity, it will be necessary to draw names at random for participation. We have identified June 22, 2021, as our date for focus group interviews. Your participation will require a time commitment from 7:45 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. We will dedicate the first hour and 15 minutes meeting with your cohort to edit and revise interview questions, analyze the scoring rubric and the process, and review the bias training information. We look forward to this shared experience in finding our next school building leader. Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
16 days ago, Tina Lincoln
June 8, 2021, Updated Mask Guidance Dear Trumansburg Community, On June 7, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo held a news briefing. He reported that the Centers for Disease Control has advised against changing the state's requirements for schools regarding the wearing of masks indoors. Therefore, there will be no change in indoor mask requirements announced by the state. However, the guidance is amended regarding the outdoor activity. New Guidance Excerpts: "In New York State, we're going to modify the CDC guidance and allow schools to choose no mask outside for children. In other words, children wear masks in school, inside. When they're outside of the school building in recess, et cetera, it's hot, they're running around, but they're outside, there is no mandate for masks outside. We'll leave that up to the local school district [emphasis added]. " The updated guidance is available here. The changes apply to employees as well as students. The changes do not explicitly require the engagement of stakeholders before making a change in local policy on outdoor mask requirements. "The numbers show that the risk of transmission by children is extremely low, especially in this state, which has an extremely low positivity rate." Based on the guidance, we will allow families and students to exercise their free choice if they choose to adorn a mask outdoors. For grades Pre-K-6, we asked that families directly communicate with a classroom teacher if the preference is for your child to adorn a mask while in the outdoors. For grades 7-12 we encourage families to speak of the new guidance at home; your child will be able to exercise their choice effective June 9, 2021, when in the outdoors. Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate these changes. Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
16 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
June 7, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to you with an update: "The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community to a recent announcement by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding updated mask guidance in schools. As of Monday, June 7, New York State is modifying U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mask guidance to allow children to not wear masks when outdoors in a school setting. This change aligns youth camp and school guidance. CDC has no objection to this change in the mask mandate. School districts will be required to uphold consistent mask use indoors based on recommendations from the CDC. The mask guidance changed very quickly for adults who are fully vaccinated; however, most children are still unvaccinated. Evidence continues to show that consistent mask use indoors for those two years and up who are not fully vaccinated, along with other prevention strategies, is key to reducing the spread of COVID,” stated Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director. All prior protocols for TCSD students and staff will remain in effect until June 25, 2021. We will continue to allow students to take mask breaks in our outdoor spaces with attention to distancing guidelines. We have had several positive COVID-19 cases in the past month. The mitigation measures implemented on campus, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, have prevented the spread of cases within the classrooms. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Our partnership in this work will maximize the number of healthy individuals that may partake in year-end celebrations. Kind regards, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
17 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
June 6, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I am writing to provide clarity about the June 4, 2021 statement released from NYS stating that "masks are optional in NY state schools starting Monday, May 7, 2021. As you are well aware, we had consistently worked with our regional Department of Health anytime state COVID-19 guidance was issued. We will do the same with this new information. I have a meeting first thing tomorrow a.m. with regional Superintendents and the DOH. For the time being, our practice will remain unchanged. Masks will be required of all individuals regardless of vaccination status on our school campus. Should this guidance change following tomorrow morning's meeting, we will notify you immediately. We have had several positive COVID-19 cases in the past month. Thankfully, due to the mitigation measures implemented on our campus, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, the cases have not spread within the classrooms. Kind regards, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
18 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
June 3, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, Late yesterday afternoon, the District was informed of a positive COVID-19 case in our elementary school. Our school personnel have worked closely with the Department of Health to identify those directly affected. Eighteen individuals were impacted and are now in mandatory quarantine. Our building principal is working with instructional staff and families to ensure continuity in instruction. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools TCSD
21 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
June 1, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you that we have had four positive cases of COVID-19 since May 18, 2021. Specifically, the dates of notification were: • May 18, one high school student. • May 21, one elementary school student. • May 29, one elementary school student and one middle school student. All four incidents have been reported on the live feed and posted on our website. However, if families do not have the application, you may not have received the notification. I will in the future continue to send emails to keep everyone informed of our health concerns in our community. The incidents seem to be much more isolated as many of our community members have received the vaccine. Nonetheless, it concerns to learn of anyone impacted by the pandemic. Please continue to be vigilant in your safety with social distancing in public and mask-wearing for those not yet vaccinated. Keep in mind that you are still required to adorn a face mask any time you frequent school grounds regardless of vaccine status. Additionally, the TC DOH has issued new guidance for those that have been vaccinated. Once our leadership team and school nurses have familiarized ourselves with the guidance, we will forward that information to families. I do apologize if you had not previously received information about the positive cases in May. It is always my intent to keep you informed. As always, please keep those affected in your thoughts. Kind regards, Kimberly Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
23 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
May 31, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you that we received notification over the holiday weekend that one of our middle school students and one of our elementary school students have tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with the DOH for contact tracing, in all, fifteen families were notified of the exposure across the two buildings. In an effort to keep our community safe, please continue to be vigilant in monitoring for COVID like symptoms. Best wishes to those affected. Best, Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
23 days ago, Trumansburg CSD
May 21, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, Today, the District was informed of a positive COVID-19 case in our elementary school. Our school personnel has worked closely with the Department of Health to identify those directly affected. Eighteen individuals were impacted and are now in mandatory quarantine. Our building principal is working with instructional staff and families to ensure continuity in instruction. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools TCSD
about 1 month ago, Trumansburg CSD
Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you that we received word last evening, May 18, 2021, one of our high school students has tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing efforts we have identified eleven students directly impacted. Those students are now in quarantine as ordered by Tompkins County Department of Health. As always, please keep those affected in your thoughts. Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
about 1 month ago, Tina Lincoln
TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Your Partner for a Healthy Community Frank Kruppa – Public Health Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 2021 For media inquiries: Samantha Hillson, 607-274-6714, shillson@tompkins-co.org; Dominick Recckio, drecckio@tompkins-co.org COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Pfizer Vaccine Authorized Use for Ages 12-15; Health Department Announces Vaccine Clinic in Partnership with Cayuga Health System (Ithaca, N.Y., May 13, 2021) – Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. NYS State-run Vaccination Sites are currently offering Pfizer vaccine to this age group. Appointments can be scheduled on the NYS Department of Health website. Tompkins County Health Department, in partnership with Cayuga Health System and local school districts, is offering the following clinic to this age group. Shops at Ithaca Mall - Old Sears (40 Catherwood Rd.)  Saturday, May 22 from 9:00am – 1:00pm  12 years and older  Appointments available: https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19popup#mall- may22  Pfizer vaccine  Call 211 (1-877-211-8667) during business hours, 8:30AM-5:00PM for assistance registering and for transportation options.  For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is required to identify the minor and provide consent. Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “In clinical trials, approximately 23,000 individuals 12 years of age and older have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Based on these trials, FDA has authorized use of this vaccine for young people 12-15 years old.” Kruppa continued, “This expansion will provide another layer of protection for our community and will be critical to the further re-opening of schools. We know the challenges that our youth have faced this past year not being able to be in school full-time. We encourage families to be informed about the benefits of receiving this vaccine and make an appointment as soon as you are able.” Additional clinics may be scheduled and communicated by local school districts. Local medical and pediatric offices are also able to reserve vaccine. Northeast Pediatrics received Pfizer vaccine and will vaccinate patients over the next few weeks. Appointments are already filled for the current allotment. Additional information about the Pfizer vaccine can be found on the Health Department website, including the FDA Fact Sheet. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667) during regular business hours 8:30am-5:00pm and someone can register them over the phone. Hesitant, unsure, or have questions about the vaccines? TCHD will be hosting two COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A "Office Hours" next week on Tuesday, May 18th. "Office Hours" are a series of virtual Vaccine Q&A live streams produced by TCHD in partnership with local physicians and community members. Each event is designed to offer a safe space and informative experience for attendees seeking more information on COVID-19 vaccines. Each event is moderated by a member of the community or TCHD staff and will focus on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Attendees will be able to ask questions live or anonymously. Some sessions will be recorded for later viewing and archived on the County's YouTube Channel. Preguntas y respuestas para hispanohablantes (evento en vivo) • Martes, 18 de mayo de 2021, 12:00 p.m. • Con la Dr. Maya Aponte de CMC • Durante cada evento, los asistentes tendrán la posibilidad de hacer preguntas en vivo o de forma anónima. Cada evento será moderado por un miembro de la comunidad o el personal de TCHD. • Regístrese para el evento aquí.  Vaccine Q&A for parents and caregivers (Live) • Tuesday, May 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Guest practitioners: Dr. Snedeker, Northeast Pediatrics and Dr. Casey, Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics • Vaccinating children, and questions related the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding • Register for the event here.Registration required to ask questions live or anonymously. The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth. -end-
about 1 month ago, Tina Lincoln
REMINDER: TCSD Campus Closed/No Students or Staff from Thursday, May 27th through Monday, May 31st. Classes resume on Tuesday, June 1st!
about 1 month ago, Tina Lincoln
Vaccine Registration Link for Thursday May 13th – Tompkins County Health Department The Tompkins County Health Department will be conducting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Trumansburg Elementary School Cafeteria (100 Whig Street) on Thursday, May 13th It will be a Johnson & Johnson clinic and anyone 18 years old or older is eligible. The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is safe and effective, and was recently re-approved for use by the CDC and New York State following extremely rare reports of adverse events. For more information and updates on the vaccine’s safety, visit the TCHD web page (https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19vaccinefaq#jj-pause). Please use the loading dock entrance. Below is a link to register for an appointment. Please register as soon as you receive the link below and bring photo identification. Thursday, May 13th 18 years old and older TO REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=C1C42B1FF7E7038EE0530A6C7C15B69F
about 1 month ago, Tina Lincoln
April 27, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you, the District has been notified by the Department of Health of 2 positive (student) COVID cases that will impact student attendance on campus at the Elementary School level (approximately 25 students were impacted). The Department of Health has our contact tracing list and is notifying those individuals affected. The Elementary School building principal is working with instructional staff and families to ensure continuity in instruction. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Best, Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
about 2 months ago, Tina Lincoln
April 26, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I regret to inform you, the District was notified by the Department of Health over the weekend of a positive (student) COVID case that will impact student attendance on campus at the Middle School and High School levels. (Approximately 75 students were impacted, the exposure was slightly more significant due to involvement in athletics). The Department of Health has our contact tracing list and has notified those individuals affected. Our building principals are working with instructional staff and families to ensure continuity in instruction. Please keep those that have been directly impacted in your thoughts. We wish for you all good health in the days ahead. Best, Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
about 2 months ago, Tina Lincoln
The District's 2020-2021 Calendar has been changed! **Thursday, May 27, 2021 and Friday, May 28, 2021 - NO SCHOOL (PreK-12) and CAMPUS IS CLOSED (No Staff Report) **Thursday, June 24, 2021 - Early Dismissal at 1:15pm for Grades PreK-8 To download an updated 2020-2021 School Calendar, go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l62Sfd_fU4YHV6F31QoyFdKNSYm8HDl1/view?usp=sharing
2 months ago, Tina Lincoln
REMINDER: Spring Break/No Classes from Monday, April 5th - Friday, April 9th. Have a wonderful break!
3 months ago, Tina Lincoln
MESSAGE FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL, March 29, 2021 Dear COD Parents.Guardians, I am writing to notify all high school families that we have learned this morning of a positive case of COVID 19 among our students. The student was tested this weekend and we have been notified by the health department that we will need to quarantine a number of students who were in class with the student on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. I am currently working with our contact tracing team to identify students that are impacted and we will be contacting parents of all students affected directly by the quarantine notice later this morning. I want to reassure everyone that while we are obligated to quarantine a select number of students, we are still confident in the safety measures we have had in place. We remain optimistic that these quarantine measures will only be precautionary and are hopeful that there will not be any further spread among our students. Additionally, as most of the building faculty have been vaccinated, we do not need to quarantine any staff and the school will remain open for instruction. For those students that are required to quarantine, we will be working with district transportation and parents to get them home as soon as possible today. Those students will be isolated until transportation can be provided. Sincerely, Jon Koeng Principal
3 months ago, Tina Lincoln
The Food Service Department is offering a Spring Break Meal Kit! Please order by 4pm on Monday, March 29th. The Meal Kit includes a gallon of NY milk, a half gallon of NY apple cider, a dozen NY eggs, NY potatoes, a dozen dinner rolls, and additional fresh vegetables. Pick-up will be on either Thursday, April 1st between 4 pm and 5 pm, or Friday, or April 2nd between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm in front of the High School Main Office. If you unable to pick up a box, let us know and we will see what we can do. Kits are free of charge for all Trumansburg students and their younger siblings. Order here: https://forms.gle/Km7EeoS8wCuRhvrP7
3 months ago, Tina Lincoln
March 25, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, I hope this communication finds you well and enjoying the early signs of spring. The recent events of anti-Asian violence across our country again bring to light the work we, as a District, are committed to. As an educational organization, we continue to create a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment where each individual feels valued, connected, and safe. Our professional staff is committed to supporting our students and personnel’s social-emotional well-being. Our faculty are also working with professionals to employ best practices to facilitate growth discussions in the classrooms. We will continue to care for each of our community members, respecting their identity. It is our responsibility to protect every student and support them academically, socially, and emotionally. This work will be better articulated through the revised mission/vision work targeted for completion in July 2021. Thank you for your continued support as we enhance our learning environment to better care for each school community member. Sincerely, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
3 months ago, Tina Lincoln