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June 6 Update Regarding Masks
Masks are still required indoors, with continued exceptions for eating, drinking, and mask breaks. When outdoors, individuals no longer need to be masked. More >>

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Announcements and Links

Welcoming Remote Students and Staff Back
Please check out answers to frequently asked questions regarding the transition back to in-person teaching and learning, and consider some of the supports IT can provide during the transition:
  • Tech Check-Up: Have tech staff meet you in your instructional space during a free time to review tools, tips, and tricks.
  • Instructional Technology Coaching: Have someone come to your space and learn together. Then meet and discuss instructional strategies/techniques, best practices, and general tech setup.
  • OWL and Swivl Cam: Effective tools for integrating classroom audio and video feeds with a Google Meet session. Great for making off-site participants feel part of the larger community.
If any of these offerings sound like something you would be interested in, please submit a helpdesk request.
Blended Learning Website
We are excited to announce the launch of the Blended Learning website. Two teams, comprised of teachers, staff, community members, and administrators, met throughout the winter and early spring to select and create a wide range of resources for the ICSD community. All of the resources created are grounded in the Blended Learning Framework, which focuses on historically responsive literacy, student-teacher relationships, student collaboration, feedback, and differentiation. If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to reach out to Dan Breiman. Enjoy the lessons, strategies, and techniques that support your students!
COVID-19 Vaccinations
As of Monday, January 11, 2021, all school personnel are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, along with other priority populations in Phase 1b. The Ithaca City School District is encouraging staff to get vaccinated, however, it is not mandatory. For more information, please review our COVID-19 vaccination FAQs.
ICSD COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
On January 4, the Ithaca City School District launched a voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing program for students and staff, using a non-invasive form of antigen testing. View our testing program overview and FAQs for more information.
Update Your Contact Information
To better support our local health department with its contact tracing efforts, it is imperative that we have your most up-to-date contact information on file in WinCapWEB. If you need help updating your information, please email Human Resources.
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Daily COVID-19 Screening

In conjunction with Cayuga Health, the ICSD developed a daily COVID-19 health screening website that allows employees to easily confirm that they are symptom-free, have not recently tested positive for or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and have not traveled internationally or from a state on the New York State Travel Advisory list before arriving at work. Click on the links below for more information.

Direct Deposit Information

If you do not already have direct deposit set up (so that your pay is automatically sent to your designated bank account), you are urged to do so. You are not required to sign up for direct deposit, however, doing so ensures timely and uninterrupted receipt of your pay. Click here to learn more and to download the direct deposit authorization form.

EAP Resources

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, voluntary, and confidential consultation and assistance to help employees and their immediate family members resolve difficulties that may be affecting their personal life or job performance. The EAP also provides information on a variety of monthly wellness topics, as well as regular workshops. Learn more>>
Coping With COVID Toolkit
The EAP has gathered a number of resources that you or your family members may find useful during this challenging time. Download the Coping With COVID Employee Toolkit>>

Mental Health Supports

During this difficult and challenging time, you may be feeling, anxious, sad, overwhelmed, or angry at times. Below are some mental health supports available to you if you find yourself struggling with your emotions. For additional supports and services, please visit the Tompkins County Department of Health website.
211 Tompkins Cortland
211 connects people who have questions about or are in need of any type of service, including employment, housing, health care, mental health, food, and childcare. Click here to search 211's extensive database of local and national organizations dedicated to getting you what you need. To contact 211, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-8667) on your phone. You can also contact 211 by texting, emailing, or chatting from your computer. Learn more>>
Calling for help when you are in emotional pain is smart. The Crisisline offers free, confidential counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The trained and caring counselors are there to listen, support, and guide you. To access the Crisisline, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Learn more>>
New York State is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource for residents coping with the unprecedented public health crisis. Visit to access a collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home mindful workouts, sleep, and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety.
OMH Emotional Support Helpline
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OHM) Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support for those experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Helpline is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. To access the Emotional Support Helpline, dial 1-844-863-9314Learn more>>.
Warm Line
The Child Development Council's Warm Line is a free, confidential, and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents and child care providers. To access the Warm Line, dial 607-273-0259. The Council is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn more>>