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Message from the Superintendent

September 18, 2020

Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:

It was wonderful to see our students return to the buildings as our orientations were held this week. Many thanks to our faculty, staff, and administrators for their organization and hosting of these important events. As I heard one parent say as she and her son entered Washington Irving Intermediate School, “It’s been so long and it feels great to be here!” At the same time, remote learning has begun with an abbreviated day and students are getting acquainted with their teachers and the current expectations. Whether remote or in our buildings, we are committed to ensuring each student is engaged in learning.  We anxiously await the start of hybrid in person learning beginning this Monday, September 21 for Cohort A and on Thursday, September 24 for Cohort B. 

Following are updates for this week:

Hybrid and Remote Schedule: As mentioned above, our hybrid in person learning begins this Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22 for Cohort A and on Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25 for Cohort B. Wednesday, September 23 will be a remote learning day for all students.  Please refer to this calendar as a reference for the first few weeks of school.  The cohort and remote days can also be found in the 2020-2021 District Calendar which was recently mailed to your home.

Health and Safety:  We appreciate how many families have already started completing the daily attestation survey. Please remember that this must be completed every day that your child attends school. At the bottom left of the attestation survey, you will now find a translate button which will translate the survey into 13 different languages. I have also once again included a link to the COVID-19 Daily Health and Safety Checklist for your reference. Please do your part to keep us all safe and healthy by following these daily procedures.  

Transportation: Buses will be running next week and we ask for your patience with delays, as there are new routes to minimize crowding and students will have their temperatures taken before boarding buses. We also ask parents and caregivers to remain at the bus stops until children have had their temperatures taken. Students must have a bus pass to ride the bus.

Upcoming Survey for Parental Feedback: The district will be fielding a survey at the conclusion of our first week of hybrid learning, next week, to obtain feedback on both our remote and hybrid learning options. It will be shared via email to all families and staff and will also be available on our website and the district’s social media accounts. 

On Monday, we will be embarking on the next phase of our reopening plan. Although I anticipate some bumps along the way, your continued partnership and support is greatly appreciated. I wish you all an enjoyable and safe weekend, and for those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a very happy new year. 

Sincerely,

Chris Borsari
Superintendent