Trumansburg Elementary School “has twenty-one (21) staff members who are either COVID-19 positive or sick at home with symptoms,” Trumansburg Schools Superintendent Kimberly Bell said in a statement. message to families on Sunday morning. “We cannot safely provide classroom coverage with this volume of absentee teachers. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to close the elementary school on Monday, March 28. On Tuesday, March 29, we will be offering primary school students asynchronous (home) instruction.
“This means our teaching teams will support each other and provide work for every grade level available to your child through a learning platform,” the post continues. “Children can access instruction on Tuesdays at a time that is convenient for them and you as a family. Therefore, there will be no instruction for elementary students on Mondays. On Tuesday, students will access to their (home) learning platform for instruction.”
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“It is always frightening and somewhat unreal to realize the ongoing impact of the pandemic,” says Superintendent Bell. “I appreciate your partnership as we work together to continue our efforts to provide education continuity, distance learning and student support services.”
“Please continue to test regularly if you have been exposed or have symptoms. To reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, we continue to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local Ministry of Health. We remain in close communication with local and national health authorities to ensure that we are taking the appropriate measures in the current circumstances.”
- Enhanced infection control precautions, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), increasing the availability of hand sanitizer, and more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
- Availability of student testing for the virus causing COVID-19 based on current protocols and testing availability.
- Availability of masks in each central office and health office.
“Our middle and high school will be open as scheduled and ready to receive in-person students Monday and Tuesday,” Bell said. “We plan to resume in-person instruction on Wednesday, March 30 for elementary school children.”
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