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August 28, 2020
An Important Update from our Superintendent

Dear TTUSD Community,

Are you ready? School starts on Wednesday, September 2, and our team at TTUSD is committed to ensuring it’s an outstanding school year, no matter our challenges!


While we are beginning the school year in distance learning, we are working diligently behind the scenes to be ready to transition to our hybrid model of instruction as soon as we are approved by state and county health officials. 


As a reminder, the hybrid model is blended instruction, and all students will have five days of instruction with a mixture of two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual instruction. Students will be divided into two cohorts, A and B. Students in Cohort A will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, and students in Cohort B will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Schools will be thoroughly cleaned every evening, and Wednesdays will be dedicated to a deep clean day. More details on our cleaning protocols can be found in our Family Guidebook. 


Last week we shared that in order to be approved to reopen our schools in the hybrid model, Placer County must be off the watchlist for 14 consecutive days and we must have testing protocols in place for symptomatic students and staff. While the testing component remains accurate, today, Governor Newsom caught us all by surprise and announced an entirely new framework and set of criteria for limiting or loosening restrictions on activities throughout our state. This completely changes the course of how schools reopen across the state, including California. 


We will update you next week as we learn more specifics about this new framework. In the meantime, click here to read his official statement. You can click here to find out the status of activities in a given county, including Placer and Nevada counties.


Here is an update on where we stand in regards to testing:

  • We are working with our partners at Tahoe Forest Hospital District and the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) to secure access to testing for our TTUSD staff and students. Both partners are committed to assisting us in setting up TTUSD testing sites and share our sense of urgency in getting this resolved.

  • Once the testing sites are secured and open, teachers will be strongly encouraged to get tested.

  • 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.

Right now, our plan is to be in distance learning for the month of September. We should have more definitive logistical plans for testing by the end of September, and we will reevaluate the situation then. It is our hope that we will be able to transition to a hybrid model sometime in October.

We will keep you informed every week of our status and progress we’ve made as well as any changes at the state level.

Sincerely, 

Carmen Ghysels
 

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