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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 result to the Tompkins County Health Department. Once submitted, you will receive an automated email message with additional guidance and a note documenting your submission. Please also share this information with your child’s school. If your student develops symptoms or symptoms worsen, contact your healthcare practitioner and seek additional care.

Along with self-administered tests at home, the internal ICSD screening testing program continues across all of our buildings as well. If you haven’t already registered your student and wish to do so, please refer to communication from your building principal for the link and school access code. For more information, or to access consent forms in languages other than English, please visit our dedicated webpage regarding School-Based COVID-19 Testing: ithacacityschools.org/testing.

The New York State COVID-19 Report Card dashboard that tracks positive cases in our community is updated daily when school is in session. Due to the recent break, positive school cases confirmed by the Tompkins County Health Department from the past week will be shared on Wednesday, January 5th. A summary of this week’s cases will be shared on Friday, January 7th.

As a reminder, our school buildings use multiple layers of protection based on best-practices and guidance from state and local agencies. These layers include: installation and maintenance of MERV-13 filters in our ventilation systems, school-based testing, mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing. In addition, I thank the ICSD community for our continued adherence to mask wearing, screening, social distancing, and vaccination efforts during this health pandemic. Due to your collective vigilance and efforts, we have been able to keep our school buildings open.
 
Sincerely,
Luvelle Brown