- November 24, 2020 TSC Update November 24 - Actualización de TSC 24 de noviembre
- November 9, 2020 TSC transitions to remote learning - Transiciones de TSC al aprendizaje remoto
- November 6, 2020 TSC Update
- October 23, 2020 TSC First Quarter Update
- August 28, 2020 Preparation is the Key to Success
- August 14, 2020 Superintendent Back to School Message 2020
- July 23, 2020 TSC Return to School Guidance - Update
- July 9, 2020 TSC Return to School Guidance
- June 25, 2020 TSC Reopening Plan
We are looking forward to having students return to school for in-person instruction Monday, November 30. During the shift to remote learning, the Greater Lafayette community answered our call for assistance and our staffing levels look good. In addition, the TSC has implemented several new strategies to help address the staffing shortage.
- Expedited the hiring process for substitute teachers by working with our staffing partner ESS. As a result, we have hired 36 additional substitute teachers
- Opened up employment opportunities for current staff to work in multiple positions and have had great interest from staff in filling additional positions.
- Waived the standard background check fee ($24.90) for all applicants until Dec. 31, 2020
- Hired 37 additional personnel in areas such as transportation, aide/aide subs, health service personnel, custodial and food service since Nov. 1
As holiday and travel seasons are upon us, please keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of your decision making. Every extra precaution to stop the spread while not in school is critical for our in-person instructional time. Also, please continue communicating information about positive tests and isolation/quarantine periods to the TSC COVID Coordinator Krystal Zahn, email@example.com, as information becomes available. This allows us to maintain a safe learning environment for our staff and students.
With guidance from state and local health officials and the community’s commitment to work together, we will provide in-person instruction for the next three weeks to successfully complete our first semester of the 2020-21 school year.
The increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and resulting close contacts have made it very difficult to maintain normal school operations. It has impacted our ability to properly staff buildings, provide on-time transportation and maintain the integrity of our operations. These circumstances have prompted the TSC to transition to remote learning for a period of about two weeks.
All students who attend classes in person at McCutcheon High School and Harrison High School will shift to remote learning tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10. All other schools will begin remote learning on Wednesday, November 11. It is our hope to return to in-person instruction after Thanksgiving break, Monday November 30.
After three successful remote learning practice days this semester, we are confident our students and staff are prepared for this temporary switch to online learning. Teachers will communicate with students to take attendance and to provide guidance. All extracurricular and athletic events are temporarily suspended.
We appreciate all that our families have done to adapt to our new procedures and ask that you continue to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please wear a mask in public, keep your distance and avoid social activities with people outside your household.
It is our plan that this pause of in-person learning will allow time for the positive cases and quarantines to subside so we can get back on track for the next stretch prior to winter break.
I'm writing to provide a brief update about the TSC as this pandemic seems to be unfortunately continuing forward. If you've read the recent news headlines in Tippecanoe County regarding COVID-19, you will have noticed the community spread as positive cases are increasing. The implications from increased community spread have significantly impacted the operations in the TSC, particularly during the last two weeks.
Due mainly to close contact quarantining protocols the TSC is increasingly becoming short staffed on school buses and in the classrooms. This has caused late school bus routes and school principals are scrambling daily to find people so that they have enough coverage to properly supervise students to carry out the educational mission. If you or anyone you know is looking for employment, even if you can help for a short period of time, please contact your school principal and/or the TSC Human Resources Office at (765) 474-2481, or go online to find employment opportunities. At this time the TSC needs bus drivers, classroom aides, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers.
During the last two and a half week period alone the TSC has been made aware of 52 confirmed positive cases among the student body. For comparison, TSC was made aware of 51 confirmed positive student cases during the entire first nine weeks of school. According to Tippecanoe County Health Department Officials the "spread of the virus in classrooms remains relatively minor at this point" especially considering TSC's large student body of 13,800. One of the main concerns at the moment has to do with the ebb and flow of staffing implications of close contacts to the community's positive cases being required to quarantine.
TSC's best chance for maintaining in-person school is to be diligent in our collective prevention efforts and to recruit enough personnel to help us cover staff shortages. We're doing our absolute best and once again we all must commend our teachers, principals, bus drivers, and all staff for their efforts in rising to the challenge. But you need to know in the simplest of terms, it's just plain hard right now.
We're continuing to monitor things alongside the Health Department. Our prevention strategies such as social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and etc. will continue. Now more than ever as our county and the entire state sees the increases in cases all of us must step up our prevention efforts. We want to keep our schools open and we need your help to do so.
Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as the teachers, principals, and staff of the TSC work around the clock right now to provide school services for our community's most valuable investment, our children.
Le escribo para proporcionar noticias breves acerca de la Corporación Escolar de Tippecanoe (TSC) al ver que esta pandemia sigue adelante desafortunadamente. Si ha leído los titulares de prensa recientes en el Condado de Tippecanoe con respecto al COVID-19, se habrá dado cuenta de la propagación en la comunidad al seguir en aumento los casos positivos. Las implicaciones que vienen de un aumento en la propagación en la comunidad han tenido un impacto significativo en las operaciones en la TSC, particularmente durante las últimas dos semanas.
Debido mayormente a los protocolos de cuarentena para las personas que están en contacto cercano, la falta de suficiente personal en los autobuses y en los salones de clases de la TSC está en aumento. Esto ha causado retraso en las rutas de los autobuses escolares y que los directores de las escuelas se vean en apuros diariamente para encontrar personas que cubran de manera tal que los estudiantes tengan la vigilancia suficiente para llevar a cabo el objetivo educativo. Si usted o alguien a quien usted conozca está buscando empleo, aun si solo puede ayudar por un período corto de tiempo, por favor comuníquese con el director de su escuela y/o con la Oficina de Recursos Humanos de TSC al (765) 474-2481, o ingrese en línea para hallar oportunidades de empleo. En este momento, la TSC necesita conductores de autobús, ayudantes en el salón de clases, paraprofesionales y maestros sustitutos.
Durante estas últimas dos semanas y media, la TSC ha tenido conocimiento de más casos positivos que los que tuvimos durante todas las primeras nueve semanas de clases. Según los Funcionarios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Tippecanoe la “propagación del virus en los salones de clases permanece relativamente leve a estas alturas” especialmente considerando que la TSC tiene una gran población estudiantil de 13,800. Una de las preocupaciones mayores en este momento tiene que ver con las implicaciones de la decadencia y la circulación del personal al estar en contacto cercano con casos positivos en la comunidad y necesitar permanecer en cuarentena.
La mejor posibilidad para que la TSC mantenga la escuela en persona es ser diligentes en nuestros esfuerzos colectivos de prevención y reclutar suficiente personal que nos ayude a cubrir donde haya escasez de personal. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible y nuevamente todos debemos elogiar a nuestros maestros, directores, conductores de autobús y a todo el personal por sus esfuerzos al enfrentar el desafío. Pero usted debe saber en términos simples, es simplemente muy difícil ahora mismo.
Continuamos en monitoreo junto con el Departamento de Salud. Nuestras estrategias de prevención como el distanciamiento social, el uso de mascarillas, el lavado de manos, etc. seguirán en pie. Ahora más que nunca, dado a que nuestro condado y el estado entero está viendo aumentos en los casos, todos debemos intensificar nuestros esfuerzos de prevención. Queremos mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas y necesitamos su ayuda para lograrlo.
Gracias por su apoyo, paciencia y comprensión mientras los maestros, directores y personal de la TSC trabajan a toda hora en este momento para brindar servicios escolares para la inversión más valiosa de nuestra comunidad, nuestros niños.
Can you believe we are already into the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year? The TSC remains committed to providing the very best education possible during the pandemic and with your help we're not taking a single day or week of school for granted.
Tippecanoe County Health Department Officials recently met with TSC's School Board to discuss what has already occurred in schools and consider what's ahead. The main points were as follows:
- TSC's pandemic response plan remains effective and responsive.
- Tippecanoe County's virus numbers are unfortunately increasing.
- "Mask fatigue" or "pandemic fatigue" may be contributing to the increase in virus cases.
TSC's best chance for maintaining in-person school is to be diligent in our collective efforts to practice the preventative measures such as social distancing, masking up, washing hands, and everything else we've come to learn during this pandemic. TSC's wonderful students and our amazing employees are doing their part; our entire community can support them by doing their part as well especially on weekends and holidays.
All things considered we're doing very well as a school corporation. TSC has been made aware of 51 confirmed positive cases among our 13,800 student body across our nineteen schools and three confirmed cases among approximately 1,900 TSC employees since the start of school on August 20. School by school data can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health's public dashboard.
I'm sure by now you have come to realize the incredible compassion and unbelievable commitment from TSC's teachers, bus drivers, custodians, principals, nurses, and every other staff member working in our schools. TSC doesn't pretend to be perfect, but I'm certain there won't be enough chapters in the history book to record all of the special stories and extraordinary efforts of TSC's educators and staff this school year. Your encouraging notes of affirmation to teachers and staff are priceless as they continue their herculean efforts. Thank you for celebrating all the good things happening in your schools.
Just a few more important pieces of information:
- On Tuesday all TSC parents should have received an email about your child's programming selection for second semester. If you are not making a change then no action is required on your part. Change requests should be submitted before November 18. If you did not receive the email please contact your school principal or school secretary.
- TSC's official 2020-21 enrollment grew to 13,821, an increase of eleven (11) students over last year. The pandemic is sure to blame for TSC not experiencing its typical annual growth. Reports from local, state, and other schools across the nation indicate overall school enrollment has significantly declined this school year. TSC however enrolled 1,082 kindergarten students this fall; the third highest kindergarten class in TSC's history. You can read more details about TSC's 2020-21 enrollment by clicking this link.
- TSC's next school break is Thanksgiving; November 26-27. According to TSC's revised calendar, school is scheduled to be in session Wednesday, November 25.
Thank you again parents for your continued support for your children and our schools. Our local schools are an important part of what's helping communities stay focused as we walk through this pandemic. Let's all do our absolute best to persevere through this pandemic and try to avoid the "pandemic fatigue." We're all stronger together.
Thank you for all of your assistance with what turned out to be a successful start to the 2020-21 school year. Whether fully virtual or in person, our students returned to our classrooms prepared, excited, and ready to learn. Since opening August 20 we’ve already worked through our protocols for positive cases inside our schools and we've conducted our first of three planned remote learning days. With more time and experience we will be able to refine those procedures as we learn from each situation.
All things considered it’s been a good start to the year and we all need to remain diligent in our efforts to mask-up, wash hands, and avoid close contact as much as possible. To help stop the spread of this virus everyone must cooperate and do their part to screen for symptoms, stay home when sick, and most certainly not come to school when awaiting test results. By taking these precautions we’re giving ourselves the best chance to maintain our in-person education and keep classrooms open.
TSC’s Head Nurse Krystal Zahn, currently known as "TSC’s COVID Coordinator," continues to work tirelessly alongside the Tippecanoe County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health reviewing the ever-changing health guidance for schools. Please click here for the latest TSC Health Services Newsletter which contains pertinent information about symptoms and quarantine procedures.
As we face the days and weeks ahead I want to thank you in advance for your flexibility, cooperation, patience, and support of our teachers, bus drivers, principals, and all of the TSC staff who are doing their absolute best to provide education and learning opportunities for your children during this difficult time. The TSC won’t take for granted a single day and together we will navigate these unusual obstacles in a positive manner.
The students of TSC deserve our best collective efforts. Thank you again for a great beginning to the year.
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. I understand you may be experiencing a mix of anxiety and excitement as the first day approaches. I want to assure you our staff has worked tirelessly, with guidance from state and local agencies, to prepare our buildings and establish protocols to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. The TSC is committed to doing our absolute best to provide excellent learning opportunities for all of our students as we welcome everyone back for this brand new school year.
Our connections with our families are more important now than ever before. We need to communicate and work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means knowing the symptoms, screening your child for symptoms every day, and keeping your child home if he or she is ill or if COVID test results are pending. If your child tests positive for COVID, please stay home, contact the school and notify the TSC COVID Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the TSC Reopening Guidance on the TSC website, including resources on the TSC Health Services page. Recent revisions to our reopening guidance plan include a face covering requirement for anyone, including students and staff, upon entry into any school building or on the school bus. Also, the 2020-21 Corporation Calendar has been revised. Consider now your family arrangements for back-up plans should the school calendar have to be modified again this year. The first day of school for students is scheduled for Thursday, August 20.
Your principals and teachers have communicated important information to you regarding school and classroom procedures, please pay close attention to that information. Thursday may look and feel different from a typical school year, but whether your child is returning in-person or attending school in our virtual program, we’re excited you are “Coming Home to the TSC.” Thank you for your flexibility, cooperation, and support of our schools.
The TSC has announced four changes to its TSC Return to School Guidance Plan.
Masks/facial coverings are required to be worn by all students, staff, and school visitors at schools and on school buses. Staff will provide opportunities for students to remove their masks/facial coverings at appropriate times such as when eating or when social distancing is possible.
Masks are required for co-curricular and extracurricular activities with exceptions of strenuous physical activity.
Exceptions will be considered for medical purposes, disabilities, exercising, eating, and drinking.
Students who refuse to wear a mask during the required times at school should enroll in TSC’s virtual option.
Students who select TSC’s Virtual Academy option are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities such as athletics at their home school. The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Indiana Department of Education recently released guidance that allows for students enrolled in their regular school’s virtual option to remain eligible for extracurricular participation.
Extended Deadline for Choosing TSC’s Virtual Learning Option
The deadline for choosing TSC’s Virtual Academy is extended until Wednesday, July 29 at 11:59 pm. Any enrollments in TSC’s online option after this date will be added to a waitlist.
The online registration process to be completed by parents within the PowerSchool Parent Portal remains open until July 31. It is very important to the corporation’s planning process that all TSC parents register their child(ren) within the PowerSchool Parent Portal by Friday, July 31.
Parents who have already completed online registration can make changes to their selection of virtual or in-person instruction until July 29 at 11:59pm.
Revised School Start Date
The first day of school for students has been moved to Thursday, August 20 to allow the best opportunity for a successful school reopening.
This extra time allows for necessary changes to adjust master schedules, staff, and student schedules, as well as prepare students for online instruction.
The revised corporation calendar still reflects the state required 180 days of instruction.
Click here to see the revised 2020-2021 TSC Corporation Calendar.
The TSC appreciates the community’s patience and understanding as the plan remains fluid and continues to evolve with new guidance and mandates from local and state agencies. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school office.
The TSC is looking forward to welcoming your students back to school on Tuesday, August 11. We remain committed to providing students with an outstanding educational experience with necessary safety protocols in place to the fullest extent possible in a school setting. We realize under the circumstances, it won't be the same as it has been, but we will do our best.
In addition to in-person instruction, the TSC will offer an online option for those students with health-related issues or other mitigating factors that prevent them from attending.
After weeks of collaboration with the Tippecanoe County Health Department and various local and state agencies, I am pleased to provide you with the TSC Return to School Guidance and TSC Return to School Guidance Presentation Slides.
The guidance, approved by the TSC Board of School Trustees, establishes guidelines to allow our schools to reopen as safely as possible for our students and staff. While these guidelines are intentionally not building specific, they provide a flexible framework from which to begin building protocols at each school. However, several health protocols will be in place at every school to reduce the chances of virus spread, some of these include:
- All students and staff are required to have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn on the school bus and other times when social distancing is not possible.
- Schools will provide additional hand sanitizer stations and increased opportunities for hand sanitizer use and hand washing throughout the day.
- Students and staff will be required to be fever free for 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
- Visitors and guests in school buildings will be restricted.
- Instructional space and scheduling flexibility will be maximized.
- Three preplanned remote learning days have been added to the calendar during the first quarter to give students and staff the opportunity to practice remote learning in the event a classroom or school must close. Those dates are August 26, September 4 and September 21.
When it comes to back-to-school shopping, please make sure you have masks and a water bottle for your student. The TSC will provide each elementary student with his/her own set of school supplies at school. The middle schools will provide a school supply list for their students in the coming weeks.
TSC's online registration begins July 20. During the online registration process, we will provide more details regarding the option of remote learning so you can choose in-person or elearning for your student.
We appreciate your support and patience during this process. Please continue to watch for updates and additional information on our website, tscschools.com under the REOPENING tab. With everyone working together, we will be able to keep our students, teachers and staff members as safe as possible as we reopen our schools. We look forward to having everyone back in August.
Governor Holcomb’s order allows schools to resume operations July 1. The Tippecanoe County public
and nonpublic school corporations recognize your interest in learning what school may look like this fall
and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during the last few weeks as we’ve
considered safe plans for reopening our schools.
The Indiana Department of Education, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Health and the
Indiana Family and Social Services Agency released guidance for the reopening of Indiana schools,
known as IN-CLASS, Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools. The public and nonpublic
schools in Tippecanoe County, in conjunction with the Tippecanoe County Health Department, have
come together to share important information as we prepare to welcome your children back into our
All Tippecanoe County schools are planning for starting in-person instruction on their scheduled date
according to their previously adopted school district calendars.
In order to provide for a safe return, schools may look a little different this year through the inclusion of
certain procedures and protocols according to the IN-CLASS guidance, Health Department, and CDC.
Schools will implement appropriate safety measures recommended by state and county officials. These
measures may include training for students/staff, restricting visitors, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting
strategies, self-symptom screening, maximizing classroom space and scheduling flexibility for social
distancing. All students and staff will be required to have masks and there will be certain situations,
including on a bus and some in-school settings, when wearing a mask will be required.
While each school corporation may have unique reopening plans, all schools will have a common
response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 through consultation with the Tippecanoe County Health
During the next two weeks, schools will finalize details of their reopening plans and share them with
families. Thank you again for supporting your Tippecanoe County schools. We look forward to a safe
reopening for the 2020-21 school year.
Tippecanoe School Corporation
West Lafayette Community School Corporation
Lafayette School Corporation
Lafayette Catholic School System
Faith Christian School
St. James Lutheran School
Lafayette Christian School