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The Latest News from TTUSD -September 3, 2020

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 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

 
Update on State's new tiered system
Last Friday, Governor Newsom announced a new tiered system of county monitoring for COVID-19 called the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”

What does it all mean?

  • The new tiered system went into effect on Monday, August 31, 2020.


  • “The Blueprint for a Safer Economy” is a tiered system that replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open during COVID-19. 


  • There are four tiers based on a county’s risk level: Purple (widespread) Red (substantial), Orange (moderate), and Yellow (minimal). Purple is the highest tier/risk level with more than seven daily new cases (per 100K) of COVID-19.


  • The tiered system has new criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities based on the number of COVID-19 cases in our counties changed.


  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an evolving situation and new evidence and understanding emerge, we are told that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will continue to reassess metric thresholds.


  • There is a website where you can find the status of activities in a given county. As of September 1, 2020, Placer County is showing as Purple and Nevada County is Red in this tiered system. While we have schools in multiple counties, TTUSD is a Placer County school district and must follow the guidelines for Placer County. 


  • How can we get in a lower tier? We can all do our part to help our counties reach a lower tier and wear a mask in public, wash our hands regularly, keep at least six feet of physical distance when in public, and limit mixing with people you don’t live with.


Moving through the Tiers (from CDPH): 

Rules of the framework:
CDPH will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8, 2020.
A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a lower tier. However, because Placer County was about to get off the watchlist when the new system was implemented, we are hopeful that we may move forward to the red tier. 
A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
If a county's case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.

To learn more:
State’s Tier system
Specific allowable activities

 
FREE meals are back!

We are so excited to share the good news - FREE meals for our kids are back! We’ll be providing meal service to cover every school day through December 31! 

We are able to offer this program based on the USDA’s approval to extend the free school meals program due to COVID-19. 

Fall FREE meal program for our youth
TTUSD is providing all children, ages 18 & under, five days of free “grab and go” meals on two days per week. 

Every Monday and Wednesday (non-holiday)
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Each Monday, two days of meals will be offered
Each Wednesday, three days of meals will be offered

Our pickup locations are as follows:

Truckee:
Alder Creek Middle School
Glenshire Elementary School
Truckee Elementary School

Lakeside:
Kings Beach Elementary School
North Tahoe High School & North Tahoe School

Please note: Parents or students may pick up meals at any school site or neighborhood locations; they do not need to be enrolled at the school site or within the district. 

We will continue to provide neighborhood deliveries throughout our community every Monday and Wednesday (non-holiday) between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. 

We also want to encourage our TTUSD families to continue to fill out the “free and reduced” meal application and do so by November 1,  as we do not know if free meals for all children will continue after December 31. 

Please visit www.ttusd.org/food for additional details. If you have any questions or need more information, contact our Food & Nutrition Services Team at (530) 582-2528. 

 
 

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