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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dominick Recckio, email@example.com 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-
REMINDER: TCSD Campus Closed/No Students or Staff from Thursday, May 27th through Monday, May 31st. Classes resume on Tuesday, June 1st!
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
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
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
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
REMINDER: Spring Break/No Classes from Monday, April 5th - Friday, April 9th. Have a wonderful break!
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
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
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
Status Update: The issue with district hosted servers is in the process of being remediated. A priority ticket has been placed with VMWare. We are waiting to hear from the vendor on an ETA. Thank you for your patience.
March 23, 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. 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. Please reach out to our Student Support Offices and Building Principals if you believe your child needs additional support services. Thank you for working with us to enhance our learning environment to better care for each school community member. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
The CNYRIC is experiencing technical issues with district hosted servers. The issue is currently being addressed and services are expected to be restored at Trumansburg School District shortly.
Internet has been restored for Trumansburg Central School District!
The CNYRIC is experiencing technical issues with district hosted servers. The issue is currently being addressed and services are expected to be restored to Trumansburg School District shortly.
February 28, 2021 Important Message from Trumansburg Central School District: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K9nmPT1NmADzqYcLHLIKcX1ApXfc4Fbq/view?usp=sharing
February 4, 2021 Dear Trumansburg Community, As we assess our programming in light of the current situation of COVID-19, I have been made aware of an error in the quarantine dates most recently shared, which lent to the district pivoting to remote learning for the week of February 8-12. Those individuals recently placed in quarantine will be released by the DOH on midnight of February 5. We also learned that the DOH will guarantee that if our staff are placed in quarantine and cannot receive their second vaccine, the second vaccine will be held for them until they are released. This will allow us to return to in-person instruction on 2/8/21. Although the instructional pivots are stressful and inconvenient, we believe it is more beneficial to have our students on campus for in-person instruction whenever feasibly possible. Classes will resume on campus for in-person instruction on Monday, February 8, 2021. We know that things continue to change, but this is an ever changing situation and we are doing our best to be flexible. February 12, 2021, was previously announced as a remote learning day due to too many pre-planned absences for vaccines however, we have spent these past couple of days creatively planning for coverage. As such, at this time we plan to be in session as usual on February 12, 2021. Students should follow their regular schedules. Thank you for your dedication to our students. Every day, I am grateful that even though we are operating in an unprecedented time, we are still standing together committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our students. Respectfully, Kimberly Bell Superintendent TCSD
02/03/21 - All after school activities are cancelled (practices, open gyms, and ski club). Student meal pickup and delivery has been rescheduled for Thursday.
02/03/21 : Grades PreK-12 Remote Instruction, all BOCES Programs Remote Instruction (including P-TECH), No Private School Transportation, No Staff Report (unless otherwise directed by your supervisor)
TCSD Virtual Forum - Education Opportunities During COVID-19 On February 8, 2021 at 5pm the District will hold a Virtual Forum to offer the community an opportunity to ask questions about Education Opportunities during COVID-19. Please submit your questions with your registration by 9am on 2/5/21; questions received after that time may not be addressed. Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o27jdXdWT6qKZRFFnd5zIQ This event is limited to 100 attendees. If you are not able to register, you can watch the Live Stream on our TCSD TV YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TCSDTV).