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The Latest News from TTUSD - July 9, 2020

In this Issue:
Message from the Board President
Planning for the reopening of schools this fall
FREE meals all summer long
Let's beat this pandemic together
Census 2020 -your count matters
COVID-19 testing site in Truckee
Message from the Board President

Dear TTUSD Community,

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, in a unanimous vote, our Board named TTUSD’s new Superintendent Chief Learning Officer.

As you know, Dr. Leri announced his retirement back in February. At that time, our board committed to a rigorous superintendent search process and hired Dr. Keith Larick to assist in the recruitment and selection process. (He is the same person the district used when Dr. Leri was recruited in 2011!) While the pandemic certainly delayed our process, we were able to conduct an extensive and thorough recruiting process. Initially, Dr. Larick conducted a series of focus groups and met with staff, parents, and members of our community, to learn what our TTUSD community felt were essential attributes and qualities of the next superintendent. An online survey was also conducted to reach those who couldn’t meet in person. As the Board moved through the selection process, it considered the input received. Two rounds of interviews with candidates were held. After deliberation over several candidates, and extensive background checks and discussions with her current district, the Board selected Carmen Ghysels, an outstanding and well-qualified candidate for the Superintendent Chief Learning Officer position.

Carmen is a bilingual educational leader with over 30 years of experience in public education. She is dedicated to meeting every student’s needs and believes that all students can learn and thrive. Students are the focus of each of her decisions, which was essential to our board in our decision making. It’s our #1 Belief Statement! Carmen has worked in various schools and districts in several states. Her vast experience, commitment to students, strong and collaborative leadership skills, and curriculum expertise make her the perfect fit to lead our district in this next chapter. 

Her current leadership position is as the Deputy Superintendent in the Mountain View Whisman School District. In addition to teaching, Carmen has been a principal in two schools, the Director of Special Education and a Chief Human Relations Officer. 

We are so appreciative that Dr. Leri generously offered to stay on once COVID-19 hit and lead the district through the crisis, but now it’s time for us to honor his retirement plans! We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement. The board is thrilled to find someone of Carmen’s caliber to build on the outstanding work underway in the district. 

Carmen will be joining TTUSD in August. Please join us in welcoming her to our TTUSD community. 

Kim Szczurek
Board President
Planning for the reopening of schools this fall

As we’ve shared in previous newsletters over the past month or two, we have been busy planning for school this fall. Our goal is to go into the next school year with a plan that provides high-quality instruction to students in a safe environment. 

The reality is that when classes resume this fall, COVID-19 will still be here. Safety for our students, staff, and families remains a top priority and we are adapting to the realities that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet contained, and in fact, cases are spiking throughout California, including our local area.

In our planning, we are following the safety guidelines outlined by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education, as well as from local county health officers. We’ve also taken into account the feedback shared in the parent survey back in May

Our leadership team along with our employee associations have been considering and evaluating a variety of options for the fall to meet our student’s needs. In addition to planning from our leadership team, before school got out, we created grade-level committees made up of staff from around the district. We have had multiple grade-level committee meetings to evaluate the best options for each grade level and all options include limiting group sizes, social distancing in all settings, and reducing student movement during the day and cross-contamination of classrooms. We also had our district safety committee develop recommendations for mitigation and safety measures for all schools. 

At last night’s board meeting, Dr. Leri reviewed the current options for reopening schools and the work done collaboratively with our employee associations on the draft plans. These options include some in-person learning and a new K-12 independent learning option for families who do not feel comfortable having their students on campus in the 2020-2021 school year. Should conditions change related to COVID-19, we will be prepared to pivot and adapt.

No decisions will be made until August and we will continue to keep you informed of our process and share any updates we have on what school will look like in September.

Thank you for your continued support and patience and partnership and please keep doing your part and keep social distancing!

FREE meals all summer long!

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

June 15 – August 31, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 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:


Alder Creek Middle School

Glenshire Elementary School

Truckee Elementary School


North Tahoe High School & North Tahoe School

Note: The Boys and Girls Club is offering free meals every weekday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We will continue to provide neighborhood deliveries throughout our community and the locations and times remain the same as during the school year. They are:


Village Green Mobile Home Park      9:00  –  9:10 a.m.                                        

Sierra Village Apartments                   9:20  –  9:30 a.m.                 

Henness Flats Apartments                 10:15 – 10:20 a.m.

Coburn Crossing Apartments             10:15 – 10:20 a.m. 

Donner Creek Mobile Home               11:30 – 11:45 a.m.                   

Truckee Pines                                         11:00 – 11:15 a.m.


Tahoe Vista Mobile Home Park           9:00  –   9:15 a.m.                           

Grove St. Parking Lot                            11:00  –  11:15 a.m.

200 Chipmunk St.                                  12:15  –  12:30 p.m.                   

265 Fox St. (KB Housing)                    12:30  –  12:40 p.m.              

265 Bear St. (FRC)                                 12:45  –  12:55 p.m.

For more info:


(530) 582-2528 (English) 

(530) 582-2529 (Español)

Let's beat this pandemic together

A few weeks ago, things started to loosen up in the state, the county and in Tahoe Truckee. With the recent holiday and summer weather, we’ve seen a huge surge of group gatherings and visitors. We’ve also heard about students gathering for parties and other large gatherings. 

Unfortunately, there has also been a spike in the number of cases of COVID-19. Please, be proactive and when you go out, wear a mask and be sure to maintain social distancing at all times. Avoid group gatherings and encourage your children to avoid group gatherings as well, so we can beat this pandemic together! 

This is hard on all of us, but we are all part of the solution. We can beat this but it takes all of us as a community to make a difference. Please take care of each other and practice social distancing. 

Census 2020 -your count matters

We understand that everyone is highly distracted with COVID-19, but we urge you to participate in the 2020 Census as it is extremely important to our community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities just like ours every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of our Tahoe Truckee community. Respond Now.

COVID-19 testing site in Truckee

The FREE COVID-19 testing site has moved from Kings Beach to Truckee and is located at 10990 Donner Pass Rd.  The hope is that this new site location will increase accessibility for more residents in the region.

Testing is key to our community’s ability to respond quickly and contain new outbreaks. If the testing site isn’t utilized, the State of California may move this important resource to another community, which will not only increase our risk of COVID-19 spread but could also set back efforts to safely re-open businesses. 

ANYONE can get tested, regardless of symptoms, profession, or insurance. There are no out of pocket costs whether you have insurance or not. Do your part and make your appointment to get tested today at or call 888-634-1123, and help spread the word.


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