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
8 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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.
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
Tickets now on sale for "Emma!" — a pop musical. Opening night is Friday, March 18. Get your tickets HERE: HTTPS://TBURG-EMMA.EVENTBRITE.COM
9 months ago, Tburg Schools
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March 4, 2022 Please see our Health Office page on the website for updated COVID-19 guidance.
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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 kbell@tburg.k12.ny.us 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 For media inquiries: Samantha Hillson, 607-274-6714, shillson@tompkins-co.org Dominick Recckio, drecckio@tompkins-co.org 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. Nursing homes Adult care facilities Correctional facilities Detention centers 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. -end- Samantha Hillson, MPH Director of Health Promotion Public Information Officer Tompkins County Health Department 607-274-6714
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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
9 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
02/18/22 - Trumansburg Central School District will be operating on a two hour delay
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
Please check your email from the District for an important survey regarding stakehold input and masking.
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
Message from TCSD - Mask Advisory Still in Effect Please click on the link below to see the media release from Tompkins County Deparment of Health: https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/covid19-2022-02-09-update-tompkins-county-mask-advisory-still-effect-citing-high-rate
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
NOTICE OF CALENDAR CHANGE! This evening the Trumansburg Board of Education approved a modification to the 2021-2022 Calendar changing Friday, April 8th to an Early Student Dismissal Safety Drill. All students in Grades PreK through 12 will be dismissed at 1:30pm on Friday, April 8th. Please mark your calendars!
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
02/04/22: Please be advised that the JV/Varsity Boys Basketball game that was scheduled for this evening at Lansing High School has been canceled. The Athletic webpage will be updated and teams will be notified should this game be rescheduled.
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
Due to predicted weather conditions, Trumansburg School District will be closed and there will be no remote instruction tomorrow, February 4, 2022. Please spread the word, as our robocall is not working!
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
02/03/22 - Due to current and pending weather conditions, all after school activities, clubs, athletic practices and events have been canceled, and all students will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m.
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
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Message from NYSED 01/28/22: Earlier this week, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued a stay order which upheld the Department of Health’s mask requirement in schools (10 NYCRR 2.60). Although the court set a hearing deadline for today, the State Education Department has confirmed that this deadline pertained only to written submissions. SED anticipates that the court will issue a further ruling in the coming weeks. Until such time, the mask rule remains in effect. School districts must also abide by any commitment to mask wearing contained in their publicly posted reopening plans for the 2021-2022 school year.
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD
Message from NYSED 01/28/22
REMINDER: Monday, January 31st is an asynchronous ½ day of instruction and students in PreK through Grade 12 will not report to campus. Students will be receiving expectations for January 31st from their classroom teachers.
10 months ago, Trumansburg CSD