School Updates

Dear TPS Parents,
 

While the closure of our school campus through April 30th forces us away from our traditional school and work environment, TPS is still looking forward to and planning for the upcoming school year. This includes asking you about your intent to have your child or children return in 2020-21. We chose to delay sending out this information and extended our deadline to allow everyone time to process all the important information we were sharing about the school’s closure and distance learning.  

We also realize there are so many important things to think of at this unprecedented time, so we appreciate the time it will take to submit this simple form and hope it will provide an opportunity to look forward to the future, as we are.    

At this time, you must notify Temecula Preparatory School if your currently enrolled TPS student(s) (except seniors) will be returning or not.  Submitting this form is how you guarantee your child’s spot at TPS for 2020-21 and it is just as important for us to know if your child is not returning so records can be prepared, etc. 

Please use the online form below to submit the information. The form MUST be submitted by a parent or guardian by 3:30 p.m. on April 20, 2020.  Even though we do not have the same opportunities to connect with you in person for questions about submitting this form, we are happy to help you via email at info@temeculaprep.com

Please click on “Letter of Intent” below to access the online form:
 
 

Carta de Intención 

*You will not receive a confirmation email after you submit the online form, however we will send one final email reminder to ONLY those who have not submitted their response by 4/19/20, which is the day before the deadline on 4/20/20.  This will come in a separate email from info@temeculaprep.com.  
 

Important Note Regarding Re-Registration:  The “Letter of Intent” is the first step to let us know that you will or will not be returning.  The second step for returning students, which will take place later,  is the re-registration process where you update important school information and return required documents. We will provide information on this process at a later date. 

 

We are thinking of all of you and hope that you staying safe and well! 

Temecula Preparatory School

Dear TPS Families,

 

We want to express our deepest gratitude for the kind words of support you have shared with us and for your fortitude during this difficult time.  As you know, the virtues we teach at TPS are one of the foundations of our school and to see our parents and students modeling and putting those virtues into practice is something we can all be proud of.  

 

After today, we are all looking forward to enjoying our two-week Spring Break (March 21 through April 5th). Our students are not expected to do school work during this time and even though this break is not what we expected, it will be a great time to take a breath, organize, enjoy time at home with our families, and decompress from what has been a very stressful time for our community.  

 

As we head into this break period, we wanted to remind you of the following information and there are also some answers to a few recently asked questions addressed at the end of this letter.  

 

  • Communication is more important than ever, so we ask that you please take the time to read our emails and/or texts when we send them out.  If you are not receiving our communications, please use the “Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information” page on our website for updates. It is under the “Student & Parent” tab.  All email communications sent out by TPS are posted on this page and all teacher websites and email addresses are posted on this page as well.  

 

  • Phone calls to TPS are not being answered during the school closure time period.  If you have questions, please email info@temeculaprep.com.

 

We have all had to make difficult changes to our lives to protect one another and we hope that you will continue to support one another as you can.  Our hearts continue to be with the families around our community and country that have fallen ill and are being directly affected by the coronavirus. Our greatest hope is that you and yours stay safe and well.

 

Temecula Preparatory School



RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS & INFORMATION:

 

My child left something on campus and we need a chromebook.  When can I pick it up?

  • Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you need essential academic items left at school or a chromebook and we will do our best to help you after April 5th.  

 

I have questions about the assignments that were assigned this week, will my teacher be responding to emails over Spring Break?

  • Our hardworking teachers will be taking a well deserved break as well over the next two weeks and they will get back to you after April 5th.

 

My kids play sports for TPS.  Will the games be made up if/ when we return to school?

  • Unfortunately, our middle school spring season has already been cancelled and the CIF South Valley League has just issued a statement that our high school spring season has been cancelled as well.  We appreciate the time and effort our players and coaches have dedicated to their sports and we are so sorry that this is one of those areas that has been affected by the coronavirus. 

 

What happens after April 5th?

  • As you know, all schools have been ordered to close through April 30th (and potentially longer based on the governor’s recent statements).  Teachers and administration have already been working together on a plan for the period after Spring Break, and our administration will continue to fine tune the plan so that we can provide you with the information you need to help your child or children continue their distance learning from home.  We will send an update just before April 6th.

 

Are school lunches still available?

  • Any families in need can access meals through federal food service programs that are being operated at emergency food service sites in each school district and they will serve all students aged 18 and younger, regardless of which school they attend.

Dear Parents,

We hope you are doing well and settling in to our new normal! As you are well aware, the recommendations and mandates in regards to school closures due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus change almost daily. We are doing our best to keep up with the new information and we are truly grateful for your flexibility and willingness to partner with us in support of your child’s education. This situation is not easy for anyone and we want you to know that we recognize and appreciate your efforts. We also are very appreciative of our hardworking teaching staff, who pulled together as a team to have a plan in place for this week for our students.

Please remember that our offices are not staffed, so we are not answering our phones. If you need assistance, please email info@temeculaprep.com
 

We will continue to share important information as we receive it and wanted to share some information/reminders with you now:

  • If your child needs a chromebook or to retrieve something from their classroom or locker, there will be staff members available tomorrow (3/19) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room 1 (the Business Office, to the left of the flagpole). A parent must be present to sign out a chromebook. After tomorrow, if you need a chromebook, please email info@temeculaprep.com and we will do our best to meet with you.
  • All school communications that are emailed and/or texted from TPS are being posted on the Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information (CCCI) page, under the “Parent & Student Resources” tab. Teachers may be sending emails separately, so please email them directly if you have any questions or check the teacher’s website. The website links and email addresses are posted on the CCCI page.

RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS:

What if my child doesn’t finish the work assigned this week?

  • Getting students learning and into a routine helps create a sense of normalcy and is a good thing. Education is also compulsory for students, even when school is closed because of the Coronavirus; therefore, students should be participating and working on assignments. That being stated, we do not want to make students and parents stressed or anxious. Students are not expected to put in excessive amounts of time on assignments (especially for lower school students). Upper School students and Lower School parents should communicate with teachers if the amount of work seems unreasonable. Please realize that we are working to find the right balance and will be especially flexible during this initial week.

My child has a field trip coming up in April, are they still going?

  • The school closure means that all school activities (on or off campus) during the closure time, March 16th through April 30th, are cancelled. The governor has also stated that there’s a possibility that school closures may continue through the end of this school year and that would result in the cancellation of all field trips and school events this school year.

We realize that you may have questions that are not addressed in this email and we encourage you to email info@temeculaprep.com with those questions, however we ask for your patience as there are still many details we are working through and awaiting answers to as well.

 
Thank you!
Temecula Preparatory School

Dear TPS Families,

We wanted to share that the Riverside County Public Health Department has extended the mandated time that schools in the county need to be closed. All schools will need to remain closed through April 30 in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. We understand the impact this has on families and wanted to get this information out to everyone as soon as possible. We will continue to update you as we receive information.

Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you have any questions and thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time!

Temecula Preparatory School

Temecula Preparatory School will close its campus, effective Monday, March 16. This includes the TPS Child Care program. We will plan to resume classes on April 6th, but we will continue to monitor the situation and inform you of any changes. The decision to close the campus was made in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus. We have been following the guidance of federal and state health experts and believe this is an appropriate response to keep our students, staff and community safe. We will be contacting parents through normal communication channels to provide information on our plans to provide assignments and distance learning for students during this time. We will also be setting up a special page on our website under “Student & Parent Resources” titled “Campus Closure & Coronavirus Information”. We will continue to do our very best to keep you informed of information and updates.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time!

Dear TPS Parents,

Based on the most recent recommendations by health officials, we wanted to let you know of some changes that will be made to scheduled field trips, school events, and extracurricular activities.  We understand that this is an anxious time for our school community and our thoughts are with the families around the world who are directly affected by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

We continue to monitor information, meet regularly about the novel coronavirus and are in regular communication with Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health (RUHS-PH), as well as federal and state agencies about the novel coronavirus situation, and adjust as the situation evolves.  At this time, we have received guidelines and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and RUHS-PH in regards to scheduled events. Based on these considerations, we have carefully reviewed our event calendar and made the decision to cancel, postpone, or modify the following upcoming events:  

  • Athletics – At this time we are cancelling all games, at all levels, through Spring Break and will reassess and/or reschedule games at a later date, if there is an opportunity to do so.  As of now, we are still holding practices. 
  • Cancelled – (TODAY at 6 PM) 3/12:  Parent Input Meeting
  • Cancelled – 3/13:  Patriots Ball Art viewing
  • Postponing – 3/14:  Patriots Ball – We will be sending out a separate email to all attendees.
  • Cancelled – 3/17 & 3/18:  Lower School (K-6) 3rd Quarter Awards Assemblies.  Mr. Ramos will be visiting each classroom to present the students with their awards.
  • Postponed – 3/19: 8th Grade Los Angeles Museum Trip to The Museum of Tolerance and the Broad Museum (at a future date TBD)
  • Cancelling – Mondays:  Lower School (K-6) flagpole assembly
  • Cancelling – 3/19:  PATS General Meeting
  • Postponed – 3/19:  High School Prom Expo
  • Cancelled (with possibility of rescheduling) – 3/20:  Fullerton College Theater Festival trip
  • Postponed – Spring Break:  7th & 8th Grade East Coast trip
  • Cancelled (with possibility of rescheduling) Spring Break:  High School College Trip (UCSD, USF, SFSU, Stanford, UCD & UCM)

As you are well aware, information on the novel coronavirus is constantly changing and we will re-evaluate and provide updates on our future events based on health official recommendations from federal, state and county agencies. The safety and health of our students and staff will always be paramount and we take this responsibility seriously.  We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and in the event of school closure, we have plans in place to provide students with assignments and instruction remotely so that students can continue learning.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@temeculaprep.com.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Michael Agostini, EdD

Head of School

Temecula Preparatory School

Temecula Preparatory School continues to keep informed by working closely with Riverside County Public Health (RivCoPH) and CDC for the most current local updates.  RivCoPH reports that there are six confirmed coronavirus cases within Riverside County.  Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s employee under watch for COVID19 has tested negative.  

Dear TPS Parents,

 

We wanted to let you know that we are continuing to carefully monitor information about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 through various official channels, including Temecula Valley Unified School District and participation in weekly conference calls with County Public Health officials.  TPS has protocols in place as part of our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to deal with Pandemics and a protocol for students who are showing flu symptoms.  

 

We realize information being provided in the news and social media can cause stress and fear, so in order to keep you informed, we will include updates in our Friday emails as needed and if developments occur that we feel you need to be informed of immediately, we will contact you separately through our communication channels.

 

Even though information changes rapidly, the most recent information is that everything continues to remain the status quo.  There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Temecula Preparatory School, TVUSD schools, and as of March 4th officials from Riverside County “emphasized that there have been no confirmed locally acquired coronavirus cases in Riverside County”. Updates from the Riverside County Public Health Department are available at https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus. You can also call 2-1-1- within Riverside County for information and updates.

 

As we have shared previously, the following precautions will continue on our campus until further notice: 

  • We will not be shaking hands with students at the gate or in the classrooms.
  • We will continue to provide hand sanitizer in each room on campus.
  • We will be encouraging students to regularly wash their hands properly with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer. Please visit the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention site for information about proper handwashing and hand sanitizer use at: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
  • We are sanitizing door handles, desks, and commonly touched areas on a daily basis.

 

As good community neighbors we encourage everyone to follow good hygiene practices, including washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).  

 

The following are additional resources for information:

Riverside County Public Health coronavirus

CDC Facts: Share Facts About COVID-19

CDE https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/coronavirus.asp

CDPH Guidance to Schools 2019-nCoV School Guidance

 

As always, if you have any questions for us, please feel free to call the office or email info@temeculaprep.com.



Dear TPS Parents,
 
As you know, the safety of our students and staff is paramount.  With the growing news coverage concerning the Novel Coronavirus, we wanted to make sure to address this health and safety concern. 
 
As a precaution, we are taking the following steps on our campus:

  • Starting Monday, we will not be shaking hands with students at the gate or in the classrooms.
  • We will continue to provide hand sanitizer in each room on campus.
  • We will be encouraging students to regularly wash their hands properly with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer.
  • We are sanitizing door handles, desks, and commonly touched areas on a daily basis. 
In addition, we have a protocol in place to deal with students who have symptoms of the flu and we will continue to obtain guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies to monitor the latest updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus and ensure the well-being of students and staff.
 
At this time, the health risk of the Novel Coronavirus to the general public in California remains low. Still, we continue to encourage common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:
  • Wash your hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Keep students home if they are ill.
  • Do not send your child to school if your child has a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e., Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

While health agencies may issue mandatory quarantines of individuals traveling from China, TPS does not have the authority or responsibility to mandate or enforce the quarantining of our students. TPS’s mission is to educate students, which includes sharing accurate information regarding the Novel Coronavirus and sharing regular updates from health agency experts.
 
Consistent with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on returning travelers from China, local health departments are communicating with travelers returning from mainland China to provide guidance about limiting public interactions for 14 days. Travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020, should practice “social distancing” (staying home away from public places including school) for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. CDC guidance on returning travelers is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
 
We also understand that the current situation can create a heightened level of anxiety, which is perfectly normal. We encourage families to continue to keep apprised of the latest information to help ease your concerns and obtain accurate information. We have provided a valuable link to Riverside County’s University Health System below that is continually updated with helpful information relative to our local area. Thank you for your partnership in helping to ensure that our students remain healthy and continue to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.
 
For more information, visit the Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Corona Virus webpage.
 
We will update you as we receive updates from local, state, and federal public health agencies as they become available. If you have any specific concerns regarding your child, please contact our School Nurse at amara@temeculaprep.com.

Reminders

We continue to encourage common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands properly with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer. Please visit the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention site for information about proper handwashing and hand sanitizer use at: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.

Best Education Resources

Riverside County Public Health coronavirus
CDC Facts: Share Facts About COVID-19
CDE https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/coronavirus.asp
CDPH Guidance to Schools 2019-nCoV School Guidance