News from TTUSD

December 3, 2020

In this edition:

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear TTUSD Community,

Thank you for your partnership and flexibility as we all navigate through the challenges COVID-19 continues to present us.

With the sudden increases in active COVID-19 cases in our school community and local counties, we had to pivot to distance learning on short notice.

We were so sad to temporarily close our school facilities, and I know the challenges and disruptions it presents to parents; it was necessary to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, staff, and our TTUSD families.

We never want to put your health and safety nor our student’s health and safety at risk.

Last Sunday, November 22, when there was a significant spike in positive cases (from 12 to 27), it was startling and something I felt we had to act on immediately.

In all of the counties our students reside in - Placer, Nevada, and El Dorado counties- there continue to be surges in COVID-19, much like we see throughout the state. I respectfully ask that you please do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Your efforts matter.

This pandemic is exhausting for everyone on so many levels, but we must remain diligent and work together to make our community safe and do everything we can so we can get our kids back in school. Please shrink your social bubbles and mask up when outside of your household.

I have been working with County Health to address the need for increased availability for testing appointments for symptomatic TTUSD students and staff. We have a testing center at Rideout ONLY FOR symptomatic TTUSD students and staff and we were able to secure approximately 40 more testing slots week beginning December 7. If you have a child who tests positive for COVID, please follow our current COVID notification protocols and notify your child’s principal so our nurses can conduct the appropriate contact tracing to maximize safety.

We will remain in distance learning through January 15 and reevaluate the situation again in early January. To increase instructional time for all students, we are canceling all of the minimum days scheduled for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

We will continue to monitor the number of active cases of COVID within our community, and I will give an update to our community at our January 6 board meeting. We will also continue sending weekly newsletter updates, and I will share our reopening criteria with you in the upcoming weeks.

Stay safe, and thank you for doing your part to stop the spread! We’re in this together!


Carmen Ghysels

Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

Let's do our part to stop the surge

COVID-19 is spreading across California at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic.

Each person’s actions have a ripple effect on the safety of our TTUSD community. Your actions impact others. It’s essential we all do our part to stop the surge.

Your efforts truly make a difference.

  • Wear a mask whenever you’re with people outside of your household

  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day

  • Shrink your social bubble

  • Don’t let your guard down, always have safety at the forefront of all your activities

  • Avoid large gatherings of any kind! The holiday season is here and while it may be difficult, this isn’t the year to celebrate in groups. Stay safe and keep others safe and keep family gatherings small!

We can control our school environments, but only you can control what you and your family and our students are exposed to outside of school.

We need and appreciate your help so we can get our kids back to in-person instruction. We’re in this together!

Free meals continue

TTUSD is proud to be serving our youth, ages 18 & under, seven days of FREE “grab n go” meals, one day per week, every non-holiday Wednesday.

Our current schedule for curbside meal pickup:

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m & 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..

  • All curbside and neighborhood deliveries will continue, weather permitting.

  • If the weather is snowy and presents unsafe conditions for curbside meals and neighborhood deliveries, or if there are power outages, we will cancel that day’s meal service and reschedule.

  • We will notify you by phone, email, and text of meal cancellations for that day as well as the rescheduled location and times.

  • Our goal is, weather permitting, to reschedule for the very next day for school site curbside pick up and neighborhood deliveries.

We will continue our free meals through June 30, 2021.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule meal pickups or delivery in advance, please contact TTUSD Food & Nutrition Services either by email: or phone (530) 582-2528.