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The Latest News from TTUSD -September 3, 2020

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In this Issue:
Message from the Superintendent Chief Learning Officer
Update on State's new tiered system
Free meals are back!


Message from the Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

Dear TTUSD Community,

School is back in session and we’re so excited to welcome all of our students back for the 2020-2021 school year. 

While we were disappointed to have to begin the school year in distance learning, it is our hope that we will be able to safely transition to a hybrid model of instruction by early October. 

As I shared on Friday, Governor Newsom announced an entirely new framework and set of criteria for limiting or loosening restrictions on activities throughout our state. (See details in the article below on the new tiered system of monitoring.) Prior to his Friday announcement, Placer County was on track to be off the county monitoring watch list on September 1, 2020. Since this is only a day after the new tiered system went into effect, we got confirmation that we are now officially off the watch list and, as of September 8, if our number of cases of COVID-19 remain under control, we will be able to move down to “Red” in the tiered system. This would allow for some in-person instruction by the end of September.

We will continue to check the data weekly and share out any changes. Our intention remains to reevaluate the situation and make a decision on September 28 regarding the transition to hybrid. 

What are we doing to prepare for the hybrid model?

In order to receive approval to reopen our schools, we must have testing protocols in place for symptomatic students and staff. Here’s where we’re currently at:

  • In partnership with Tahoe Forest Hospital and the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE), we are creating a plan and procedures for COVID-19 testing for all TTUSD staff and students. The goal is to have two testing sites - one lakeside and one in Truckee.
  • According to PCOE, our testing sites could be ready to go by September 21. 
  • Our biggest challenge is to secure licensed vocational nurses (LVN’s) to administer these tests. 
  • Once the testing sites are secured and open, teachers and staff will be strongly encouraged to get tested periodically.
  • While it is the District’s right to open in a hybrid model of instruction, we are obligated to negotiate the impacts of the working conditions of this model with TTEA (the Tahoe Truckee Education Association) and CSEA (California School Employees Association.) We are in negotiations with both bargaining units and hope to have ratified Memoranda of Understanding as collaboratively and quickly as possible.) Click here to view TTEA's current MOU for distance learning.
  • We will follow CDPH’s scenarios for exposed or symptomatic staff. 
  • If a staff member becomes symptomatic, they will be required to get tested immediately. Sick staff will be advised to isolate according to CDC guidelines including three days with no fever and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
    If a student becomes symptomatic, they will be strongly encouraged to get tested. If a student becomes symptomatic while at school, they will be isolated from other students and a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick them up. Sick students will be advised to isolate according to CDC guidelines including three days with no fever and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • We have details in our Family Guidebook regarding our protocols and notification process should there be COVID-19 symptoms/exposure on campus.

Again, we will reevaluate the situation in a few weeks.  It is our hope that we will be able to make a decision on September 28 to transition to a hybrid model the following week. 

We will continue to share weekly updates of our status and any progress we’ve made regarding testing. 

Sincerely, 

Carmen Ghysels
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

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