Board of Education Meeting
There will be a special Board of Education meeting on September 21 at 4:30 PM. The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, September 22, 2020 via Zoom. See packet for details...
Jane Ryan Principalship
Dear Staff and Parent Community,
As you probably are aware, a school based committee recently interviewed six candidates for the position of the Jane Ryan Principalship. Three applicants were selected to move forward and interview with a district committee headed by new Superintendent Dr. Semmel. That committee chose one candidate whom they felt had the skills and experience to assume the position; however, the vetting process indicated that individual would not be a good match for Jane Ryan.
As such, the district reposted the job and soon will interview other qualified applicants. In the interim time period, Donna Seidell will continue as Acting Principal until Wednesday, September 16th, at which time Pat Colello will assume the position until the new Principal is hired and released from their current assignment. Mrs. Colello is the former building Principal of Middlebrook Elementary School where she was extremely successful. Mrs. Colello also worked for the past two years at Long Hill assisting in a myriad of administrative tasks, especially those involving the State.
We certainly thank Mrs. Seidell for her hard work and outstanding efforts and welcome Mrs. Colello to the Jane Ryan community. Sincerely,
Ralph M. Iassogna Acting Superintendent
Message from Trumbull Public Schools
Dear Trumbull Educational Community,
As the Board and public are well aware, at one of our last BOE meetings, the district announced that we selected the Hybrid Learning Model and continued to develop that plan for implementation.
Also mentioned previously was the fact that many of our staff members were surveyed to determine their return status, whether medical, child-rearing, or disability. As of today, our return numbers are reasonable, but a developing concern is the number of staff requests which have not been processed. That number is high and could affect the Hybrid plan — approximately 20-25 teachers. Worst case scenario is if that not enough teachers return, and substitutes are unavailable, we will consider a return to the Virtual Learning Model, at the very least for a short time period.
You should know that the administration has been working very closely with the Board attorney on the complexities of the leave protocols issued by the State, with particular emphasis on the State’s granting the staff a minimum of 2 weeks to obtain a doctor note verifying their condition. The complete process could take up to a month and it is these requests that we still await. In a related vein, the Human Resources Department has been working during the summer expanding substitute roles and in compiling a list of candidates to be considered for the above mentioned positions. Unfortunately, with surrounding towns in the same position as Trumbull, the pool is very thin. We are now reaching out to colleges for potential candidates, particularly in light of the Governor easing certification requirements for college seniors. This change could not have been planned for as only the Governor could institute that order and did so during the summer. Even though most school districts prepared for situations such as this, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant concern among possible applicants that they are reluctant to commit to any school district including Trumbull. Nevertheless, we will keep trying so we can open in the planned Hybrid Model.
We will keep you informed of any changes as we realize it will impact your plans particularly of a child-rearing nature.
Ralph M. lassogna
School Lunches are Safe
In this time of great uncertainty, one thing children and their families can count on is the availability of healthy school meals that ensure students are nourished and ready to learn. Research shows the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs play a critical role in supporting academic achievement and combatting childhood hunger and obesity.
School Reopening Plan
August 5, 2020 Dear Parents,
As I referenced at Friday’s Reopening Forum, the district would be following up with more specifics on the beginning of our school year. The Governor revised his recommendation that all school districts should pursue a live learning experience for their students; however, he then modified that proposal allowing districts themselves to provide a reopening plan that best meets the need of the specific district — with the safety of students and staff the top priority.
2020 - 2021 Bus Routes
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (203) 452-4321.
The Transportation Department
Bus Protocol for Students And Drivers
- Drivers will have temperature checks prior to morning and afternoon bus runs.
- Drivers and students will be required to wear masks at all times. Students should be wearing a face mask or face covering prior to boarding the bus.
- Students will board and be seated back to front to minimize student contact.
- Bus monitors will be assigned to elementary school buses for 3 to 4 weeks. They will distribute hand sanitizer to students and ensure students remain seated.
- Seats, windows and high touch areas on buses will be cleaned by drivers between runs.
- Buses will be deep cleaned at the end of each day.
- We anticipate lower ridership on buses as schools will reopen at 50% capacity. Parents are encouraged to drive their students to allow for social distancing among students.
Strobel Rd Construction
Check the town website for the latest updates!
Student Registration and Residency Proof
It is the policy of the Trumbull Board of Education that any child of school age who resides in the Town of Trumbull may attend the Trumbull Public Schools. To verify that they are a bona fide resident of Trumbull, based on the Trumbull Board of Education Residency Policy (5111/Eligibility to Attend Trumbull Public Schools) download residency forms along with the student registration forms. Please download here...
Food Allergy Policy
It is the policy of the Trumbull Board of Education to provide for a Food Allergy Management plan to maintain the health and safety of students with life-threatening food allergies. Each plan will be developmentally appropriate, promote self-advocacy and competence in self-care, and provide educational opportunities. The purpose of this policy is to:
- Reduce the likelihood of potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.
- Ensure a rapid and effective response in the event of an allergic reaction.
- Assist an identified allergic student in avoiding exposure to allergens.
Read the entire Policy and Download Forms...