- August 28, 2000 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
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