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Myles McBride reaching for a ball while playing pickeball

Legacy Magnet Academy eighth-grader Myles McBride “relishes” the game of pickleball.  He recently participated in a pickleball tournament in Tustin and competed among seasoned adults who have played the game for many years.  Due to his performance on the court, Myles was selected to be sponsored by Nexxed, a Southern California sports company specializing in pickleball gear.  He was chosen to represent the company at various functions and tournaments, and introduce pickleball to a younger generation.  Pickleball is a fast-paced game resembling tennis in which players use paddles or racquets to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net.  The popular sport is quickly making its way across Tustin and the United States.  Myles loves the game because it requires strategy, skill and it moves quick.  Among his appearances, Myles has been invited to play in a tournament in St. George, Utah, next weekend.  In pickleball, he’s kind of a “big dill.” 

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Friday Fun Foto - A Legacy of T-Rexcellence

Ready, set, go!  The Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s annual Dinosaur Dash is detouring.  This year, TPSF is hosting a virtual 5K.  Participants can run, walk or ride a bike in support of the Foundation and schools in the Tustin Unified School District.  Each registration earns a donation to a TUSD school, and participants will receive a Dino Detour medal, race bib, T-shirt and SWAG bag.  So wear your face mask and join Dash Dino and Heritage Elementary School students, from left, Aubrey Lumbard, Jake Cordeiro and Jack Lumbard, and register at www.dinosaurdash.net.  You’ll have a dino-mite time!

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COVID-19 Dashboard

The Tustin Unified School District is committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on its school campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for its students and staff.  

Today, the District launched the TUSD COVID-19 Dashboard, an online database reporting the number of confirmed coronavirus cases among District students and staff on its campuses and work locations.  The dashboard will be regularly updated and list each school and work location’s total populations and number of reported cases, but does not have names of students or staff members or classroom information. 

The TUSD COVID-19 Dashboard is available on the Tustin Unified’s website at www.tustin.k12.ca.us/covid-19-dashboard and reports confirmed, positive cases at each school within the last 14 days. 

As a reminder, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, please keep your child at home and notify your school.  If your child has any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, make sure they stay home and get tested if necessary.

In the event there is a positive case, affected individuals will be contacted directly by their school or District staff, and they will receive a letter that may include self-isolation, quarantine and other important information.  Families of students who are not affected will not receive a notification letter and no action will be required.   Please note that the District will only communicate and provide data for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

It will take a concerted effort to keep the students, staff and families safe.  In addition to health and safety measures taken on campuses, TUSD encourages families to be proactive and to reinforce the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and face coverings, or have their child stay home if he or she is ill to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  

For additional questions about the coronavirus, visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website, which also includes a COVID-19 health line at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/.

Please continue checking your email and other sources of communications from your schools, which have been providing school and class specific information.  For detailed information and updates regarding safety procedures, visit the TUSD's School Opening and Safety Plan.

Tustin Unified’s top priority is to provide the education to its students while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff.   

SPANISH

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin se compromete a proporcionar información precisa y transparente sobre los casos de COVID-19 en sus planteles escolares, al mismo tiempo que mantiene la privacidad y la confidencialidad para sus alumnos y personal. 

Hoy, el Distrito inició el Tablero de COVID-19 del TUSD, una base de datos en línea que informa la cantidad de casos confirmados de coronavirus entre los alumnos y el personal del Distrito en sus planteles escolares y lugares de trabajo.  El tablero se actualizará diariamente y enumerará la población total de cada escuela y lugar de trabajo y la cantidad de casos reportados, pero no tiene nombres de alumnos o miembros del personal o información del salón de clases. 

El Tablero de COVID-19 del TUSD está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin en www.tustin.k12.ca.us/covid-19-dashboard y reporta casos positivos confirmados en cada escuela en los últimos 14 días.

Como recordatorio, si un miembro de su hogar da positivo para el COVID-19 o está esperando los resultados de la prueba, por favor mantenga a su hijo en casa y notifique a la escuela.  Si su hijo tiene algún síntoma asociado con el coronavirus, asegúrese de que se quede en casa y se haga la prueba si es necesario.  

En el caso de que haya un caso positivo, las personas afectadas serán contactadas directamente por su escuela o el personal del Distrito, y recibirán una carta que puede incluir autoaislamiento, cuarentena y otra información importante.  Las familias de los alumnos que no se vean afectados no recibirán una carta de notificación y no se requerirá ninguna acción.  Por favor, tenga en cuenta que el Distrito solo se comunicará y proporcionará datos para casos confirmados de COVID-19.

Se necesitará un esfuerzo intenso para mantener seguros a los alumnos, el personal y las familias.  Además de las medidas de salud y seguridad que se realizan en los planteles escolares, el TUSD alienta a las familias a ser proactivas y a reforzar la importancia del lavado de manos, el distanciamiento físico y cubrirse la cara, o hacer que su hijo se quede en casa si está enfermo para limitar la propagación del coronavirus.

Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre el coronavirus, visite el sitio web de la Agencia de Atención Médica del Condado de Orange, que también incluye una línea de salud de COVID-19 en https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/.

Por favor, continúe revisando su correo electrónico y otras fuentes de comunicación de sus escuelas, que han estado proporcionando información especifica de la escuela y la clase.  Para obtener información detallada y actualizaciones sobre los procedimientos de seguridad, visite el Plan de Seguridad y Apertura de las Escuelas del TUSD.

La principal prioridad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tustin es proporcionar la educación a sus alumnos mientras se mantiene la salud y seguridad de los alumnos y el personal.

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The Tustin Unified School District’s Student Services Department is partnering with Hoag ASPIRE to host a parent information workshop on youth wellness and mental health.  The workshop will be conducted via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30, at 10 a.m. 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94648670310?pwd=alAzRm53QmhVTE9pMHd4a3hGZ3hWZz09

Zoom Link Español: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoc-mvqTojGtXLAyV9QyecyTil8rHsJjgx

Parents will learn ways to support youth mental health during the COVID-19 crisis and identify effective strategies to help teens manage stress.  Licensed therapists will lead the presentation.  The workshop is open to all elementary, middle and high school parents, and caregivers interested in learning how to prevent, respond and seek support.   The workshop will also be offered to Spanish-speaking families. 

 

For questions about the workshop, contact Student Services Counselor on Special Assignment Sarah Haase at shaase@tustin.k12.ca.us.

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Three students wearing masks and holding flowers

The Tustin Unified School District welcomed elementary students to in-person classes on September 24.  It was a great success!  Loma Vista Elementary School students, from left, second grader Mia Chung, transitional kindergartner A.J. Chung and fifth grader Hailey Chung brought flowers for their teachers, Jennifer Thompson, Jennifer Cahalan and Margie Wright, respectively.  Middle and high school students return to school on Tuesday, September 29.  TUSD students were given the choice to continue with distance learning five days a week or opt for the hybrid model, which includes both in-person classes and online instruction.  Administrators, teachers and staff have diligently worked together to ensure a smooth transition and “rose” to the occasion!

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Student holding First Day of School sign wearing a mask.

Fall Into Our New Issue!  

Check out the new issue of TUSD School News Roll Call magazine, September/October 2020:

School News Roll Call, September-October 2020

A limited number of copies will be available at all school sites, District Office, Education Support Center, Maintenance & Operations and various locations throughout the community. 

Catch up on past issues – TUSD Archives:                                                    

http://schoolnewsrollcall.com/pdf_cats/tustin-unified/ 

Enjoy our magazine!

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Hicks Canyon Elementary School kindergartner Jihun Ju

Let us draw your attention to Hicks Canyon Elementary School kindergartner Jihun Ju, who is all smiles as he solves a math problem.  His joyous personality and excitement for learning is contagious.  Recently, Hicks Canyon teacher Karyn Wright’s kindergarten class learned about the math symbols greater than, less than and equal to.  “We showed our thinking by drawing out the cookies below each number and putting them on a plate for the hungry little alligator to eat.  Of course, the alligator always wants to eat the greatest amount of cookies, so his big toothy jaws turn towards the greatest number,” Karyn said.  Jihun loved this activity so much his joy of learning is bursting through the computer screen. Thank you Jihun, it all “adds” up to another day of making distance learning fun!

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