2021-2022 Calendar Change - On Wednesday, May 18th the Board of Education approved a 2021-2022 Calendar Change for Thursday, June 23rd. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
May 10, 2022 Dear Staff, Students, and Community, I am writing with much enthusiasm to announce the next Principal of Russell I. Doig Middle School, Ms. Jean Amodeo, beginning July 1, 2022. Ms. Amodeo was selected to lead our work together based on her accomplished 20 years in education, including nine as a school administrator with experience at elementary and secondary levels. Other experiences/roles include classroom teacher, technology mentor, department chair, building-level data coordinator, and master scheduler. She has led educators to achieve demonstrable increases in achievement across all cohorts, focusing on data analysis, standards-based instruction, targeted professional development, and robust intervention programs. She is passionate about creating a trusting and collaborative atmosphere in which a growth mindset is celebrated, and varying viewpoints and experiences are acknowledged and honored. In early July, we will host an opportunity for our community to meet and welcome Ms. Amodeo to our district. We look forward to the leadership and outcomes she will bring forth for our community. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell
Dear Community, With great enthusiasm, I offer you the opportunity on Thursday, May 5 from 5 to 7 P.M. to tour our facilities and witness the renovations and new instructional spaces in their completed state from our latest capital project. Capital Project Open House (you must register for your spot): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D48A8AC2CABFE3-capital We will also have available free surplus items near the bus garage for the Community to take on a first-come, first-take opportunity from 5-7 P.M. We look forward to seeing you in person for guided tours. Thank you for investing in our schools! Kindly, Kimberly Bell Superintendent of Schools
04/18/22 - Due to pending weather conditions, all after school activities, games and practices are cancelled
REMINDER: Early Release Day @ 1:30pm (All Students) Fri, April 8th No School (All Students) Mon, April 11th - Fri, April 15th
MESSAGE FROM TCSD: The Middle School Musical, Annie Jr., has been postponed until April 22, 23 & 24!
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TCSD: Charles O. Dickerson Welcomes New High School Principal 07/01/22! Go to www.tburgschools.org for additional information!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM TCSD: Please be advised that Elementary School (PreK – Grade 4) in-person classes will resume on Wednesday, March 30th.
March 27, 2022 Dear Community, I am writing today to inform you that our elementary school, as of this a.m., has twenty-one (21) staff members that are either COVID-19 positive or home ill with symptoms. We cannot safely provide classroom coverage with this volume of absent teachers. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to close the elementary school on Monday, March 28. On Tuesday, March 29, we will provide elementary students with (at home) asynchronous instruction. That means that our teams of teachers will support each other and provide work for each grade level available for your child via a learning platform. Children may access the instruction on Tuesday at a time convenient for them and you as a family. Therefore, there will be no instruction for elementary school students on Monday. Tuesday, students will access their learning platform (at home) for instruction. We anticipate resuming in-person instruction on Wednesday, March 30, for elementary school children. Our middle school and high school will be open as planned and ready to receive students in person on Monday and Tuesday. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience; it is still chilling and somewhat unreal to realize the continued impact of the pandemic. I appreciate your partnership as we work together to continue efforts in providing education continuity, remote learning, and student support services. As previously stated last week, please continue to test regularly if you have had known exposure or are experiencing symptoms. To reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, we continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local Department of Health. We are staying in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps under the current circumstances, including: • Enhanced infection control precautions, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), increasing hand sanitizer availability, and more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces. • Availability of testing for students for the virus causing COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests. • Availability of masks in each central office and health office. We encourage you to review the CDC website for information about COVID-19, including its symptoms, how it spreads, and actions you can take to protect your health: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Sincerely, Kimberly Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
COVID-19 Transmission: Notification Letter to TCSD Community March 24, 2022 Dear Community, I am writing to inform you that we have identified 32 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and students since Tuesday, March 22, 2022. This represent 6 staff and 1 student at the ES; 0 staff and 9 students at the MS; and 11 students and 5 staff at the HS. Recall, on Monday, March 21, 2022 I had reported 21 separate other new cases. These numbers do not include the number of staff and students absent presenting with symptoms but not yet confirmed positive. The safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority. We believe the common thread to our positive cases stems from involvement in our recent High School Musical, Emma. We are encouraging the community to test regularly if you have had known exposure to any of the musical members and to wear a mask if you believe you came into contact with anyone that is positive. To reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, we continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local Department of Health. Additionally, we are staying in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps under the current circumstances, including: • Enhanced infection control precautions, encouraged/supported wearing of masks, increased hand sanitizer availability, and more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces. • Availability of testing for students that become symptomatic (once at school) for the virus causing COVID-19. • Availability of masks in all main offices and health offices. We encourage you to review the CDC website for information about COVID-19, including its symptoms, how it spreads, and actions you can take to protect your health: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. All of us at Trumansburg CSD understand that this is a difficult situation and may cause alarm or distress. Additional information about coping with stress can be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html. We will continue to provide you with regular updates about the situation. We will promptly notify you if we should need to make a shift to remote instruction due to insufficient staff coverage. Sincerely, Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
March 21, 2022 Dear Community, I write to you this evening to share our newly reported positive COVID-19 cases today, March 21, 2022. Our cumulative COVID-19 positive cases as reported from PCR/lab tested results and rapid (antigen) test (for those reported) are as follows: Total District Wide- fourteen (14) students and seven (7) personnel members. Elementary School -0 students; 2 adults/ Middle School – 2 students ; 4 adults/ High School – 12 students; 1 adult. Our school environment has been very respectful of each individual’s choice to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for supporting an environment of kindness and respect. If you have specific questions about illness and next steps, please look at our health office page on the website for additional guidance. Be well, Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools
REMINDER: Thursday, March 17th is the last planned remote instructional day and students (PreK - Grade 12) do not report to campus. Thursday will be a half- day Asynchronous learning opportunity. Students will engage asynchronously (meaning, students access instructional materials at a time convenient for them). Students will have work sent home in advance or will use the digital platform to access the learning materials. Educators will use their professional judgement to determine appropriate instruction for the day. Friday, March 18th is a professional development day for educators, no remote instruction is planned.
Tickets now on sale for "Emma!" — a pop musical. Opening night is Friday, March 18. Get your tickets HERE: HTTPS://TBURG-EMMA.EVENTBRITE.COM
March 4, 2022 Please see our Health Office page on the website for updated COVID-19 guidance.
March 1, 2022 Good Evening, As previously communicated, Governor Kathy Hochul has lifted the mask mandate in schools effective tomorrow, March 2nd. While the removal of the state's mask mandate has been anticipated based on several fundamental changes by the CDC and new local TCDOH community metrics, we recognize this will be a transition period for all of us. Beginning tomorrow, Trumansburg CSD will make masks optional, a personal/family choice inside, outside, and on the bus. It is very important that we work together to ensure every student and staff member is treated with kindness and respect for their personal choice to wear or not wear a mask. Our staff will reinforce the message with our student body that we are a courteous and respectful school community. This evening, NYS Department of Health released additional school guidance. The document continues many protocols and mitigation measures already in place. We fully recognize the importance of community health; therefore, we will continue to offer PCR testing via school nurses for children who become symptomatic during the school day. Physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and the availability of free masks and rapid tests will remain in place. The administrative team will be meeting tomorrow a.m. to review the guidance and share any updates to our protocols in the coming days. We will continue to monitor and collaborate with regional educational leadership, TCDOH, NYSDOH, and NYS Department of Education for any changes to COVID-19 school protocols. Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
COVID-19 UPDATE: Tompkins County Mask Advisory Suspended, NYS School Mask Mandate Ends 3/2 Good Afternoon, As you are aware, Governor Kathy Hochul announced an end to school mask requirements, effective March 2. Today, the NYS Education Department is working on draft guidance for school districts which we anticipate release this evening or tomorrow. Just this afternoon, Tompkins County Health Department suspended the school mask mandate effective March 2. See the press release at the bottom of this communication. How does this impact our student and employee population at TCSD? We are obligated to follow the guidance of our regulators, i.e., the State Department of Education, State Department of Health, and County Department of Health. We will continue to keep social distancing in place however; masking will be a personal choice effective March 2 for both students and staff. The CDC's Guidance on Friday states, "Effective February 25, 2022, CDC does not require wearing masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs." It is important to note that wearing masks on school buses was not state action but rather required by a CDC order. Please watch for additional communications in the coming days as we receive specifics from our governing entities. Should you need special accommodations due to this change please reach out to your building administrator as it is our desire to protect the health and well being of all our students and employees. We will do our best to meet the needs within our realm of resources. (Our website will reflect updates following communications received tomorrow and Wednesday from the governing authorities). Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this unchartered water. Kindly, Kimberly Kimberly Bell TCSD Superintendent of Schools 100 Whig Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886 P: 607-387-7551, ext. 4421 | F: 607-387-2880 firstname.lastname@example.org From: Samantha Hillson
Date: February 28, 2022 at 12:03:32 PM EST
To: Samantha Hillson
Subject: COVID-19 Update: Tompkins County Mask Advisory Suspended 2/28, NYS School Mask Mandate Ends 3/2
TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Frank Kruppa – Public Health Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2022
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COVID-19 Update: Tompkins County Mask Advisory Suspended 2/28, NYS School Mask Mandate Ends 3/2
(Ithaca, N.Y., February 28, 2022) -- The Tompkins County Health Department is suspending the local mask advisory as the spread of COVID-19 and active COVID-19 hospital admissions have slowed. The advisory previously recommended that in Tompkins County all individuals wear a mask when in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. According to the metrics recently released by the CDC regarding “community levels,” Tompkins County has fallen into the “Low” category based on the following data: fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, less than ten new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people at Cayuga Medical Center, and lower than 10 percent of staffed inpatient beds at the hospital occupied by COVID-19 patients.
In New York State, masks are still required in the following settings:
All health care settings regulated by the Department of Health and other related state agencies will continue to require masks. This includes Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Medical Associates practices.
Adult care facilities
Homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters
Public transit and transportation hubs, as well as trains, planes and airports in accordance with federal regulations.
New York State is ending its mask mandate in schools and childcare facilities on March 2 citing a decrease in positive cases and hospitalizations, an increase in vaccination rates, and a low rate of pediatric hospitalizations across the State. Self-tests have been distributed to families for students to use before return from winter break. TCHD expects that the State Department of Health will release further recommendations for schools this week.
At any level of COVID-19 spread, people can choose to wear a mask based on personal preference informed by personal level of risk. Masks continue to be a highly effective tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Masks are recommended to be worn if you are around people who are ill, who may not be vaccinated against COVID-19, or with those who are at higher risk of severe illness. TCHD also recommends masks be worn by immunocompromised individuals and seniors who are at higher risk of severe illness from the virus.
Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, “We’re in a place where we are seeing very little spread and severe disease locally and around the state. While we are suspending our mask advisory and no longer requiring that masks be worn in schools, you may still choose to wear a mask to protect yourself or others – masks are one of the best tools to stop the disease from spreading.”
Kruppa continued, “Our local schools have been great partners throughout this pandemic, working diligently to stop the spread and keeping our students healthy and safe. While we’re moving forward with new guidance it’s important to continue to stay vigilant and we are encouraging everyone who is eligible to stay up-to-date on vaccination.”
Tompkins County is making high-quality KN95 masks freely available to the community. Please refer to the TCHD website or call 2-1-1 for information on where these masks are available.
Everyone eligible is encouraged to stay up to date on vaccinations and get tested if sick. For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, refer to the TCHD website.
The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at www2.TompkinsCountyNY.gov/health, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth. Sign up to receive COVID-19 updates or other county announcements via email or text.
Samantha Hillson, MPH
Director of Health Promotion
Public Information Officer
Tompkins County Health Department
2/28/22 Health and Safety Update Good Morning, I am writing to inform you that the health and safety concern from last evening has been addressed by the local police department and appears to be a student-to-student social media concern. You may have noticed the presence of our local authorities this a.m., who were on campus to resolve the conflict further. Thank you for your patience and support; I apologize for the distress this may have caused you and your family. As always, we take all safety concerns seriously. Best, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
2/27/22 UPDATE- NO 2 HOUR DELAY 2/28/22 The local Police have deemed that a two-hour delay is no longer necessary for Monday 2/28/22. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as it is always important to proceed with the utmost precaution when dealing with the health and safety of our school community. Best, Kimberly
Good Evening, I hope you all had a restful February break. As we prepare to return to campus tomorrow, it is important to acknowledge the governor’s announcement ending the statewide mask mandate for schools, effective Wednesday, March 2. The governor stipulated counties and cities will still have the authority to require masks in schools after the statewide order expires. Local educational leaders will meet on Monday, February 28, to discuss the change and the many factors that will impact a recommendation for change in our schools. Please watch for additional communications tomorrow. Kind regards, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
02/18/22 - Trumansburg Central School District will be operating on a two hour delay