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*DeWitt will transition to full distance learning for Monday, December 7
*Belle Sherman, Boynton, and IHS are engaged in full distance learning until Monday, December 7

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Information Regarding Increase in Cases
December 3 Community Letter
NYS COVID-19 School Report Card Dashboard
 

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DeWitt Middle School Transitioning to Full Distance Learning for Monday, December 7 DeWitt Middle School Transitioning to Full Distance Learning for Monday, December 7 December 4, 2020 Dear DeWitt Middle School Community,  I was informed this afternoon by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) of ongoing contact tracing investigations associated with a DeWitt student who has tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing is ongoing, and out of an abundance of caution, we will be transitioning to full distance learning at DeWitt Middle School, for at least Monday, December 7, 2020 . We will inform you if distance learning will continue beyond Monday as soon as we know more from the TCHD.   As a reminder, the TCHD protocols upon positive test results are as follows. When a positive case occurs, the TCHD is notified. The TCHD then conducts an interview with the individual who tested positive and notifies anyone who has ...
IHS Announces First Virtual Play IHS Announces First Virtual Play Ithaca High School Theatre is thrilled to present its first virtual play:   What I Want to Say But Never Will By Alan Haehnel Stream this captivating show on: Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 2:00 p.m. Based on student responses from around the country, What I Want to Say But Never Will explores the simple but intimate question: if you could say anything you wanted, without any consequences or judgment, just what would you say? The answers offer a glimpse into teenagers' most private thoughts. Told through monologues and anecdotes ...
COVID-19 School Report Card Dashboard and Protocol Reminder COVID-19 School Report Card Dashboard and Protocol Reminder December 3, 2020 Dear Ithaca City School District Community, Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in our community and schools, as many predicted and expected. We believe strongly that we have a responsibility to both protect the confidentiality of individuals who test positive, and to inform our communities about cases that pose a direct risk to them. We will always directly alert affected communities of any in-person student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 and has had contact with others in the school. Please know these communications are also posted on our district homepage: ithacacityschools.org . From this point on, the principal of each school building will notify their respective community when and if there are cases with no school exposures. ...
Boynton Middle School Return to In-Person Learning Delayed Until December 7 Boynton Middle School Return to In-Person Learning Delayed Until December 7 December 3, 2020 Dear Boynton Middle School Community,  We continue to provide all necessary contact information to the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) as they engage in contact tracing of the community member who tested positive. The TCHD is in the process of calling all individuals who are determined to be close contacts, and this is ongoing. To give them more time to thoroughly engage in these contact tracing efforts, we will continue full distance learning through Friday, December 4, 2020. Students and staff will return for in-person learning on Monday, December 7, 2020.  Thank you again for your tremendous patience, care and commitment.  Sincerely, Luvelle Brown Superintendent For more information, please see our COVID-19 Screenings, ...
Belle Sherman Return to In-Person Learning Delayed Until December 7 Belle Sherman Return to In-Person Learning Delayed Until December 7 December 2, 2020 3:50 p.m. Dear Belle Sherman Elementary School Community,  A few moments ago, the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) shared new information, and, in consultation with them, we have determined that  distance learning for all will continue on Thursday, December 3, 2020. In-person teaching and learning for those not in  mandatory quarantine  by the TCHD will now begin again on Monday, December 7, 2020 .  I have said many times during this pandemic that information changes by the hour and minute, as is the case here. This era in our lives continues to require all of us to be more flexible and collaborative than we perhaps have ever imagined. Thank you for your continued support, and for adapting on such short notice again. I ...
Boynton Middle School Transitioning to Distance Learning for December 3 Boynton Middle School Transitioning to Distance Learning for December 3 December 1, 2020 Dear Boynton School Community,  I was informed this evening by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) of ongoing contact tracing investigations associated with a Boynton staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing is ongoing, and out of an abundance of caution, we will be transitioning to full distance learning at Boynton Middle School, for at least Thursday, December 3, 2020 (Wednesday, December 2, 2020 is already an asynchronous day). We will inform you if distance learning will continue beyond Thursday as soon as we know more from the TCHD.   As a reminder, the TCHD protocols upon positive test results are as follows. When a positive case occurs, the TCHD is notified. The TCHD then conducts an interview with ...
Community Communication Regarding Increase in COVID-19 Cases Community Communication Regarding Increase in COVID-19 Cases December 1, 2020 In light of the rise of cases of COVID-19 throughout our country and county, the Ithaca City School District continues to diligently adhere to health and safety protocols for students and staff. As a reminder, we all share in the responsibility to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance, fill out the daily screener , stay home when sick, quarantine following travel beyond states bordering New York , wash our hands frequently, practice good respiratory hygiene, and avoid touching our eyes and face. We are prepared to see additional cases in our community, including among members of our school community, particularly after this Thanksgiving holiday. We continue to work with the Tompkins County Health Department to support contact tracing efforts, and support ...
Belle Sherman Transitioning to Distance Learning December 1-2 Belle Sherman Transitioning to Distance Learning December 1-2 UPDATE (December 2) : The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has completed their contact tracing efforts, and all individuals who must quarantine have been contacted. In-person learning will resume on Thursday, December 3 for those who were not placed into mandatory quarantine by the TCHD. All in-person staff and students who are in mandatory quarantine will continue distance learning through the end of their quarantine period. November 30, 2020 Dear Belle Sherman Elementary School Community, I was informed this evening by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) of ongoing contact tracing investigations associated with a Belle Sherman staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing is ongoing, and out ...
IHS Transitioning to Distance Learning Until December 7 IHS Transitioning to Distance Learning Until December 7 November 27, 2020 Dear Ithaca High School Community, We have been notified by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) that a staff member at Ithaca High School (IHS) has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing efforts by the TCHD are being completed at this time. Due to the number of staff and students who must quarantine, we will be transitioning to full distance learning at Ithaca High School for the week of November 30, 2020 (11/30, 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4). We plan to reopen the building for in-person learning on Monday, December 7, 2020.  The TCHD is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases, and then reaches out to officials at the Ithaca City School District. The TCHD then conducts an extensive interview with the individual who tested positive and calls ...
ICSD Commendation Nominations ICSD Commendation Nominations ICSD leadership and the Board of Education recognize the extraordinary achievements of students and staff at quarterly Commendation Ceremonies. The first Commendation Ceremony for the 2020-2021 school year will be held virtually on Tuesday, December 15th. Anyone is welcome to submit a recommendation for commendation. If you know someone who should be recognized, please complete our online form linked below by December 7 . Commendation Nomination Form: 
Community Letter Regarding Travel Community Letter Regarding Travel November 17, 2020 Greetings, ICSD Staff, Students and Families, The Ithaca City School District community continues to do an exceptional job of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. To date, the Tompkins County Health Department has not notified the District of transmission in any of our schools, and it is believed all positive cases of COVID-19 were contracted outside of the school setting. This is all thanks to our collective commitment to health and safety practices.  As the weather turns colder, this is the time of year when many find themselves traveling to visit, or receiving, family and friends. However, doing so in the midst of a pandemic comes with significant risks and strict regulations. On November 11, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo released new guidance ...
South Hill Students Publish Book on Voting Vanguards South Hill Students Publish Book on Voting Vanguards Last school year, South Hill educator Jake Chernikoff engaged his third-grade class in an anti-marginalization case study about voting . The students studied the history of voting rights in the United States and explored questions around why the right to vote matters, who have fought for their own and others' right to vote, and how to stand up for the rights of those whose voices aren't counted or recognized. For their final project, Chernikoff's class worked with a guest author and a guest illustrator to create a book on "voting vanguards" - those who struggled so that others could have a voice through voting. Their creation, titled Our Vote is Our Voice , is now a professionally published book, which will be sold at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca. All proceeds ...
School Meal Order Form for Remote Learners School Meal Order Form for Remote Learners UPDATE : Beginning December 2, we will be offering home deliveries on Wednesdays for all students learning remotely. More information>> FREE grab-and-go meals are served daily for students engaged in distance/hybrid learning. If you would like to place an order for your child/ren, please complete the form below ( also available here ). The grab-and-go meals are available for pickup Monday through Friday at each of our schools ( click here for more pickup information ). Complete ONE form for all children in your household for the current ordering period (October 26 - November 24) For secondary students engaged in hybrid learning, complete the form for the three days each week that they are learning remotely (you do not need ...
Ithaca High School to Continue Distance Learning Through November 6 Ithaca High School to Continue Distance Learning Through November 6 October 22, 2020 Dear Ithaca High School Community, I appreciate your swift and student-centered response to our transition to distance learning yesterday. We continue to provide all necessary contact information to the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) as they engage in contact tracing of the community members who tested positive. The TCHD is in the process of calling all individuals who are determined to be close contacts. We have learned that there is a significant number of students and staff who are close contacts and will need to quarantine. Therefore, Ithaca High School will continue full distance learning for all students through Friday, November 6, 2020 . In-person IHS Gold Cohort students will return to campus on Monday, November 9, 2020, and in-person IHS ...
Oct. 21 Community Letter: Confirmed Cases, IHS and CHES Transitioning to Distance Learning Oct. 21 Community Letter: Confirmed Cases, IHS and CHES Transitioning to Distance Learning October 21, 2020 Dear Ithaca City School District Community,  I have been informed by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) of ongoing contact tracing investigations associated with three Ithaca High School students who have tested positive for COVID-19. As the contact tracing is ongoing, and out of an abundance of caution,  we will be transitioning to  full distance learning  at Ithaca High School and Cayuga Heights Elementary for the remainder of the week (Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23) . At this time, we plan to reopen for in-person learning on Monday, October 26, 2020.   As a reminder, the TCHD protocols upon positive test results are as follows. When a positive case occurs, the TCHD is notified. The TCHD then ...
REMINDER: School Tax Payments Due REMINDER: School Tax Payments Due The deadline to pay 2020 school taxes for the Ithaca City School District without penalty is November 2. Review your tax bill online or print a receipt at taxlookup.net . For more information, visit ithacacityschools.org/tax or call (607) 274-2217.    Payment Deadlines Payment Date Amount Due By November 2, 2020 Base amount, no penalty November 3 - 30, 2020 Base amount + 2% penalty December 1 - 29, 2020 Base amount + 3% penalty   ...
Student Daily COVID-19 Health Screening Student Daily COVID-19 Health Screening In order to keep our staff and students safe, we are asking families of students returning for in-person instruction to assist with completing daily health screenings required by New York State for school attendance. The ICSD is providing a convenient way to complete your child's COVID-19 self-screen prior to arriving at school every day. Click on the links below for more information. ICSD Student Screening Letter ICSD Daily Health Screening Instructions
Immediately Hiring: Substitute Teachers, Teacher Aides, Teaching Assistants Immediately Hiring: Substitute Teachers, Teacher Aides, Teaching Assistants
NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert NYSSMA Selects Original Composition by Ithaca's Rubenstein-Miller for Inclusion in Honors Concert The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has selected Ithaca freshman Ezri Rubenstein-Miller's original composition,  Waltz D in minor for mixed chamber ensemble ,  for inclusion in the 22nd Annual Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. Rubenstein-Miller is one of just 11 students in the state to achieve this honor.  Every year, students submit their original music to NYSSMA and a panel of composition professors and educators adjudicate the submissions and select a number of works for performance in the Young Composer & Songwriter Honors Concert. The concert, which usually takes place at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference, will be done virtually this year during NYSSMA's Cyber Summit on December 3-5, with pre-recorded performances of the ...
In-Person/Hybrid Learning Beginning October 5 In-Person/Hybrid Learning Beginning October 5 September 16, 2020 Greetings, ICSD Community, Our academic school year has officially begun, and our virtual learning spaces are buzzing with student and staff connections. I appreciate the students, families, and educators who are making adjustments and navigating an uncommon opening amid a health pandemic. I wish to share important updates regarding our planned transition to in-person learning on October 5, 2020. In August, we asked teachers and families to submit their choices for in-person or distance teaching and learning. While 56% of students chose in-person learning, 32% of teachers chose in-person teaching. The results created an impossible staffing model given the number of students choosing to return for in-person learning and the number of teachers choosing to teach ...



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