The latest news from TTUSD

May 27, 2021

In this edition:

  • A Message from the Superintendent
  • Sierra Continuation High School earns six-year clear accreditation
  • TTUSD's mask requirements
  • Donate a giving box filled with local produce
  • Vaccine information from Tahoe Forest Health System

A Message from Superintendent Carmen Ghysels

Dear TTUSD Parents & Community Members,


We’re in our final four weeks of the 2020-2021 school year and I want to thank each of you for all you have done to support our students during COVID-19. It’s been a long haul, and we appreciate you and your partnership in educating our students and keeping them safe during this year-long (plus!) pandemic.


During the month of May, we have been celebrating and recognizing the contributions of our incredible staff members and the positive difference each of them makes in the lives of our scholars during Teacher Appreciation Week, Day of the School Nurse, School Lunch Hero Day, and Week of the Classified School Employee.


We are grateful to have a team of dedicated employees who love serving our Tahoe Truckee kids. They make a positive impact on our youth.


As part of the staff celebrations, we got a surprise visit on Friday from our Placer County Superintendent, Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. She was here to surprise and recognize Derek Bosserman from our Transportation Team as the Placer County Classified Employee of the Year! SELS also had a wonderful surprise visit from Gayle Garbolino-Mojica as their teacher Diane Welch was named the Placer County Elementary Teacher of the Year! These are well-deserved awards, and both Derek and Diane are outstanding representatives of excellence for our district and our county


Stay well and enjoy the upcoming three-day weekend.


Carmen Ghysels

Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

Sierra Continuation High School earns six-year clear accreditation

We are proud to share that Sierra Continuation High School recently received a six-year clear Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation. This is the highest accreditation that WASC offers. A few years ago, Cold Stream Alternative also received a six-year clear accreditation.


This is the first time these schools in TTUSD have received the highest accreditation possible from WASC. Sierra Continuation High School has also been a Model Continuation High School for over 20 years. To qualify for the Model School status, the school must go through a lengthy application and a visiting committee procedure every three years, which is equivalent to the WASC process.



Congratulations to the team at Sierra Continuation High School and Cold Stream Alternative.

TTUSD's face mask requirements

TTUSD's face mask requirements

California health officials announced on May 17, 2021 that the state's mask mandate will remain in place until June 15, during which time the state will conform to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Update on mask requirements from CDPH on May 17, 2021


No new guidance has come from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) specific to schools and as of right now, TTUSD’s mask policy will remain in effect through the last day of school, Friday, June 18, 2021.


As things change this summer, TTUSD will re-evaluate our mitigation measures, including mask guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.


TTUSD’s Mask Policy:


  • All students and staff must continue to wear a face mask inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status.

  • All students must continue to wear a face mask when on TTUSD campuses.

  • All students and staff must continue to wear a face mask when they are on a school bus.

  • Guidance from the Placer County Office of Education and California Department of Public Health until the last day of the 2020-2021 school year.

Donate a Giving Box Filled with Local Produce

For the past year, the Tahoe Food Hub has partnered with our school district’s Food & Nutrition Services team to provide their Giving Boxes to local, school families in need. Giving Boxes are filled with fresh, sustainably grown produce from local farms in the Sierra Foothills and Northern Nevada. Increasing access to fruits and vegetables ensures everyone has good ingredients for a healthy diet.



In the last 12 months, Tahoe Food Hub has provided on average 65 boxes/week for a total of 3,000 boxes at a value of $20 each. Every week TTUSD’s Food Services team delivers these to our student’s homes. On June 3, the Tahoe Food Hub will provide 150 boxes in one week in an effort to give a box to every family in TTUSD’s food pantry program.



The Giving Boxes are possible because of the generous donations from the community. If you are in a position to donate, we encourage TTUSD families to donate and support a local family with a Giving Box! Donations can be made at https://www.tahoefoodhub.org/donate-1

Vaccine information from Tahoe Forest Health System


Eligibility Update for individual 12 years and older:

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, the Tahoe Forest Vaccine Clinic will begin offering COVID vaccine appointments to patients 12 years and older via the State of California's My Turn System.


All Eastern Placer and Nevada County residents 12 years or older are eligible to receive a vaccine at the Tahoe Forest Vaccine Clinic.


Please note: patients 12 - 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to search for available appointments. If no appointments are available, you will be given the option to sign up for notifications about future availability.



Note: Placer County is hosting a FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (with the J & J vaccine) for Ages 18+

Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center located at 8318 N Lake Blvd in Kings Beach.