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The Ithaca City School District’s vision of 6000+ Thinkers and mission to Engage, Educate, Empower continue whether we are in physical or virtual spaces together. The COVID-19 pandemic pushes our community around this common, powerful, vision and mission.

Updates and Announcements

April 15
COVID-19 Guidance - Community Information Session

On Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m., the ICSD's Deputy Superintendent, Lily Talcott, and Coordinator of Health Services and Wellness, Kari Burke, will host a virtual Community Information Session to review the NYSDOH's updated guidance on in-person learning, current indicators for community transmission of COVID-19, and district plans. Click here for more information and the registration link.

April 14
Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Northeast

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed that the Northeast Elementary community member who tested positive through antigen testing on Monday is indeed positive through COVID-19 PCR testing. The affected individual is at home, in isolation. The remainder of the school can continue in-person instruction. More >>

April 2
ICSD Community Letter

Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Brown regarding changes to New York State's travel advisory requirements, resources to support your well-being, and more. 

March 29
ICSD Community Letter

Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Brown regarding important plans and vision for the remainder of the current academic school year.

March 19
ICSD Community Letter

Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Brown regarding the rise in anti-Asian violence in our country and the CDC's recent changes to their recommendations for physical distancing.

March 19
Statement in Support of Our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community Members

In the Ithaca City School District, we stand united in support for all of our students, staff and families who identify as Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander. We also condemn the recent murders of women of Asian ethnicity in Georgia, and the rise of anti-Asian violence throughout the United States. As a school community, we are committed to creating inclusive, culturally responsive and welcoming learning spaces, and resolve even more strongly to do so during this difficult time in our country. Educators in our school district are supporting students and staff who identify as Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander through a variety of means including learning experiences, safe space forums, individual check-ins, social-emotional supports, and more.

February 12
Community Letter Regarding School Recess and Community Conversations

"With the upcoming President's Day holiday and Winter Recess, we have a valuable opportunity for respite and reflection. We all continue to address the significant challenges caused by a global pandemic. However, there are signs of hope for our school community." Read Dr. Brown's February 12th letter to the community>>

January 9
ICSD Completes First Week of Voluntary COVID-19 Testing

On Monday, January 4, 2021, the Ithaca City School District began testing in-person students and staff for COVID-19 using Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests provided by the New York State Department of Health. Throughout the first week of testing, nurses and trained observers ultimately tested 12% of in-person students and staff across our 12 schools. There were no positive cases identified in the process. Read the full press release>>

December 20
ICSD to Begin COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

On January 4, the Ithaca City School District will begin a voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing program for students and staff, using a non-invasive form of antigen testing. Although our district has not been identified as a Yellow Zone per the New York State Cluster Action Initiative, we will follow those guidelines and test 20% of in-person students and staff at each school over two-week periods. The testing is not mandatory, and staff/caregiver consent is required. View our testing program overview and FAQs for more information.

December 3
COVID-19 School Report Card Dashboard and Protocol Reminder

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. Please read our letter to the community regarding our protocol for altering folks of positive cases in the district and the NYS COVID-19 School Report Card Dashboard.

November 17
Meal Deliveries for Remote Learners

As of December 2, the ICSD is offering weekly (every Wednesday) home deliveries of school meals for students learning remotely. Meals are still also available for pickup Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Boynton, Fall Creek, and LACS. Families can place their orders for pickup or delivery using either of the online forms, which can be found on our school meals information page.