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ICSD Community Letter - Updated COVID-19 Guidance and Protocols ICSD Community Letter - Updated COVID-19 Guidance and Protocols January 14, 2022 Hello Ithaca City School District Community, I am writing to share an update with you regarding updated health guidance and protocols in response to COVID-19. Aligned with New York State Department of Health guidance, the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has suspended contact tracing operations . We will be following the lead of the TCHD and will no longer be calling or emailing families and staff when positive cases of COVID-19 arise. We will continue to update the New York State COVID-19 Dashboard daily, as required for all confirmed laboratory (PCR) tests, but will no longer be providing an additional weekly case count report. The new guidance emphasizes other layers of protection in our schools that are effective, including mask-wearing. ...
Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - January 7, 2022 Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - January 7, 2022 Dear Ithaca City School District Community, During the week of Saturday, January 1, through Friday, January 7  (as of 4 p.m.), the ICSD confirmed 30 positive cases of COVID-19, including 27 student cases, 1 teacher case, and 2 staff member cases.* SCHOOL/DEPT STUDENT CASES TEACHER CASES STAFF CASES Belle Sherman 7 0 0 Beverly J. Martin 0 1 0 Boynton 1 0 0 Caroline 4 0 0 Cayuga Heights 0 0 0 DeWitt 2 0 0 Enfield 1 0 0 ...
COVID-19 Guidance Update COVID-19 Guidance Update UPDATED JANUARY 14 - All changes/additions highlighted in yellow The following guidance is based on recent updates to the  Tompkins County Health Department’s COVID-19 quarantine/isolation requirements (1/5/22)   and the NYSDOH COVID quarantine and isolation guidance for school settings (1/10/22) . All changes are effective immediately and subject to change. WHAT HAS CHANGED? If you test positive for COVID-19…(SELF-ISOLATE) Everyone , regardless of vaccination status: Complete the TCHD form for a positive antigen test (submit TCHD confirmation to school). Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is when symptoms start, or when you test positive if ...
Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - January 5, 2022 Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - January 5, 2022 Dear Ithaca City School District Community, During the week of Friday, December 24, through Friday, December 31 , the ICSD confirmed 63 positive cases of COVID-19, including 57 student cases and 6 staff cases. SCHOOL/DEPT STUDENT CASES STAFF CASES Belle Sherman 2 1 Beverly J. Martin 2 0 Boynton 3 1 Caroline 1 1 Cayuga Heights 3 0 DeWitt 2 0 Enfield 3 0 Fall Creek 3 0 Ithaca HS 34 0 Lehman ACS 0 0 Northeast 2 1 South Hill ...
ICSD Community Letter - January 3, 2022 ICSD Community Letter - January 3, 2022 Hello Ithaca City School District Community, It has been a privilege and pleasure to see young people and staff in our school buildings in the New Year. We have a few updates to share in regards to antigen test distribution and our continued commitment to COVID-19 testing and reporting.  Millions of antigen tests are currently being distributed to school districts across New York State. Our school district has received one test for each enrolled student. We will distribute these antigen tests to families, unless a family opts out of this process. Families may use the antigen tests with their student at home whenever they wish.  Should a student receive a positive result from a self-administered antigen test, please complete and submit this form to report your positive ...
Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - December 23, 2021 Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - December 23, 2021 Dear Ithaca City School District Community,  During the week of Saturday, December 18, through Thursday, December 23 (as of 4 p.m.), we confirmed 39 positive cases of COVID-19 in the ICSD, including 31 student cases and 8 staff cases: SCHOOL STUDENT CASES STAFF CASES Belle Sherman 1 1 Beverly J. Martin 2 1 Boynton 1 0 Caroline 0 0 Cayuga Heights 3 1 DeWitt 1 0 Enfield 4 1 Fall Creek 7 0 Ithaca HS 9 2 Lehman ACS 0 0 Northeast 0 1 ...
Varsity Athletes Gear Up for Second Year of Varsity Athletes Gear Up for Second Year of "Little Red Readers" ICSD Athletics is excited to announce the start of its second year of Little Red Readers! Little Red Readers is a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students. Research indicates that youth who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Studies also show that when youth can identify positive role models within their family or school, they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise. In the Little Red Readers program, ICSD varsity student-athletes make connections with younger students through weekly ...
Public Hearing Set for District-Wide Safety Plan Public Hearing Set for District-Wide Safety Plan The Ithaca City School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., in the Board Room at the District Administrative Offices, 400 Lake Street, New York, to address and inform the public of proposed changes to the District-Wide Safety Plan (attached below).
ICSD Community Letter - December 17, 2021 ICSD Community Letter - December 17, 2021 Hello Ithaca City School District Community, This is certainly a difficult time and I realize that many may be feeling anxious given the rise of positive COVID-19 cases. I am writing to provide information regarding district plans for the next week.   The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in our community. Through communications with officials at the TCHD, Cornell University, and Ithaca College, we’ve learned that the majority of positive cases can be traced to activities related to our local college campuses. Still, I also recognize the impact is felt acutely throughout our community.    At this time, the Tompkins County Health Department is not recommending for K-12 schools to move to virtual learning. ...
Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - December 17, 2021 Weekly COVID-19 Case Summary and Communication - December 17, 2021 Dear Ithaca City School District Community, During the week of Saturday, December 11, through Friday, December 17 (as of 4 p.m.), we confirmed 21 positive cases of COVID-19, including 15 student cases and 6 staff cases: SCHOOL STUDENT CASES STAFF CASES Belle Sherman 0 0 Beverly J. Martin 2 0 Boynton 1 0 Caroline 4 0 Cayuga Heights 0 0* DeWitt 3 0 Enfield 1 1 Fall Creek 1 1 Ithaca HS 1 0 Lehman ACS 0 1 Northeast ...
Supporting Shifts to Virtual Learning During the 2021-2022 School Year Supporting Shifts to Virtual Learning During the 2021-2022 School Year As we approach the winter break, we wish to pause and thank our educators for their constant flexibility as they pivot to support a variety of teaching scenarios. Below you will find the plan co-constructed with union leadership in late August. While we wish to be in person, at times we must pivot due to contact tracing or temporary emergency closure of a building. If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and you wish to consult with their educational team on the Virtual Learning Plan in place, please contact your Educator for Inclusion found here . RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS FOR THE ENTIRE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR, REGARDLESS OF MODE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Post assignments and resources digitally All secondary classes use Canvas Elementary classes ...
Social Media Threats Social Media Threats December 17, 2021 Several states have reported TikToks circulating through their school districts on social media referencing threats of violence in schools today. While these threats and rumors are occurring nationally, and do not target our district specifically, we are collaborating with local law enforcement and will remain attentive and responsive.  Being a student and navigating the role of social media and the stress of posts like this can be stressful and confusing. Our mental health teams are ready to support students. Our commitment to school safety remains a priority. Your support and collaboration have been invaluable. After you speak with your student, please do not hesitate to reach out.
December 2021 Commendations December 2021 Commendations On December 14, district leadership and the ICSD Board of Education recognized the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at the first Commendation Ceremony of the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of the quarterly ceremonies is to celebrate the success of Team ICSD members who go above and beyond in the arts, athletics, and the community. Special recognition is also paid to individuals who embody the ICSD’s Culture of Love . Congratulations to everyone recognized! Brooke Burnett  (Beverly J. Martin Elementary teacher): Selected to the NYS Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching Nathan Smith (IHS senior): One of only 77 students worldwide to receive a ...
Thirteen Middle School Students Selected for Statewide Honor Band Thirteen Middle School Students Selected for Statewide Honor Band The DeWitt and Boynton middle school band programs are proud to announce that 13 students have been selected as participants or alternates in the 2022 New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Statewide Middle School Honor Band. The participating students will rehearse and perform with the other members of the statewide band at the NYSBDA Symposium on March 4-5, 2022, in Liverpool, NY. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians for this noteworthy accomplishment! Dean Golden (Clarinet) Julia Howe (Flute) Mattias Keresztes (Bassoon) Sadie Kinast (French Horn) Jorge Lynch (Trumpet) Dylan Mohler (Trombone) Roxanne Nelson (Trumpet) Rani Marie Sethupathy (Oboe) Alasdair Smith (Tuba) Rennie Smolenski (Tuba) Benjamin Wagner (Flute) ...
ICSD Community Letter - Future COVID-19 Communications ICSD Community Letter - Future COVID-19 Communications December 13, 2021 Dear Ithaca School District Community,  Please know how much we appreciate your ongoing support and navigation of the health pandemic in our community. Our partnership has contributed much to buildings staying open for excellent teaching and learning. Adherence to health and safety protocols, testing programs, and increasing vaccination rates contribute to our ability to continue quality in-person learning experiences.   I also wish to inform you of updates to our COVID-19 reporting. In our ongoing effort to be responsive to the needs of our school community, we are streamlining our communications related to COVID-19 effective Monday, December 13th. Rather than issuing an email and phone call with every confirmed student or staff case, we will provide ...
ICSD Community Letter - November 29, 2021 ICSD Community Letter - November 29, 2021 Dear Ithaca School District Community, I hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a restorative holiday and weekend. We continue to be grateful for the opportunity to serve your family.  As we reflect on the past few weeks and plan for the future, we wish to share some important information regarding COVID-19 testing in our school district. Partner Organization Pauses School-Based COVID-19 Testing Clinical Enterprise, the agency providing screening testing to our district, advised all participating sites they are moving to a new portal. As a result, screening testing has been temporarily suspended. We will keep you informed as Clinical Enterprise provides updates. Our school-based screening testing program has collected over 2,300 samples for diagnostic testing ...
ICSD Community Letter - November 12, 2021 ICSD Community Letter - November 12, 2021 Dear Ithaca School District Community, While it has been a difficult week, we remain grateful for the opportunity to share time with students and families in our school buildings. Your collaboration and patience have been appreciated, and we will continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our school community.  I also wish to update you on the incident involving one of our school buses this week. At this time, the preliminary review of the incident confirms a bus was hit by a projectile. The Ithaca Police Department has shared that the case is still under investigation. We are in direct conversation with law enforcement agencies and we will provide more information as it becomes available.  My administrative team and I also continue to work with mental health ...
ICSD Community Letter - November 9, 2021 ICSD Community Letter - November 9, 2021 Dear Ithaca City School District Community, It has been a challenging day for our school community as unfortunate violence impacted our school district and many families.  Please know the Ithaca City School District educators and I are working with various law enforcement agencies, mental health organizations, community leaders, and others to provide support and proactively plan for the physical and mental safety of all. Today, multiple school buildings in our district were placed in lockdown due to police activity in the downtown and Cayuga Heights areas.  Ithaca High School, Boynton Middle School, and Cayuga Heights Elementary were placed in shelter-in-place protocols while building principals and I worked closely with law enforcement as the situation evolved.  ...
ICSD Band, Choir, and Theatre Moving to 3 Feet of Physical Distancing ICSD Band, Choir, and Theatre Moving to 3 Feet of Physical Distancing November 3, 2021 Greetings,  We have been grateful for the tremendous work of our students and staff who have closely followed our health and safety measures. After closely monitoring the protocols and COVID-19 mitigation methods in our school district, along with maintaining ongoing communication with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) and our regional school districts, we have embraced another change to our COVID-19 protocols.  Starting on Monday, November 8, 2021, band, choir, and theatre will move from 6 feet to 3 feet of physical distancing . A number of factors have contributed to this change. Perhaps most importantly, several of the component districts in our TST BOCES Region initiated 3 feet of distancing for these activities at the beginning of ...
ICSD Community Letter Re: COVID-19 Screening Testing ICSD Community Letter Re: COVID-19 Screening Testing October 14, 2021 Dear ICSD Community, We are looking forward to beginning COVID-19 screening testing . Our school district is partnering with a federally contracted organization, Affinity Empowering, to offer school-based testing each week. Although we are currently awaiting supplies, we anticipate starting some schools next week, the week of October 18, 2021.  Soon, we hope to have a predictable testing schedule for each of our 12 school buildings.  To participate in screening testing, caregivers must register their children with Affinity Empowering . Staff also must register with Affinity Empowering . Students who are over the age of 18 can register themselves.  The testing program will be supported by a team of retired nurses, administrators, and ...



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