School Updates

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  It’s hard to believe that on Tuesday (5/26) Upper School second semester finals begin, that Friday (5/29) is the last day of school for Lower School, and that the last day of school for Upper School is just around the corner on Friday, 6/5.  We are so proud of how well our students have done during this time and we hope you will encourage them to finish strong!


NEW INFORMATION:

  • ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY DEADLINE – MONDAY, MAY 5TH:  Two of the questions near the end of the survey have to do with options for different models of learning for the fall, including traditional full-time in school instruction; hybrid instruction that includes a combination of online learning and in-school instruction; and full-time virtual/online learning from home.  Please complete this survey if you have not already. Your input is critical to our planning.  

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY

 

  • HOLIDAY – Monday, May 25th is a holiday.  We hope you are able to enjoy some extra relax time!  

 

  • RE-REGISTRATION INFORMATION – We will be sharing information on the process of re-registration via email by June 1st.  Thank you for your patience while we transition to a completely online version of this process. 

 

  • PERSONAL BELONGING PICK UP & SCHOOL ITEM DROP OFF – Next week we will be sharing information on how to pick up and drop off items, including times and procedures, but for now we wanted to share the dates:
June 1 for Lower School: Last names that begin with A-L
June 2 for Lower School: Last names that begin with M-Z
June 3 for Upper School: Last names that begin with A-L
June 4 for Upper School: Last names that begin with M-Z


REMINDERS:  We are here for you!  Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Dear Seniors and Senior Parents,

Just a reminder that the cap and gown pick up date is this Monday, May 25th.  Please review the following:

Location:  TPS dropoff and pickup loop.

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am  LAST NAMES “A-M”
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  LAST NAMES “N-Z”

PROCEDURES:
  • Write your first and last name on a piece of paper in large writing.  You will be holding up your paper from inside your vehicle so Jostens knows what package to look for.
  • Drive into the loop until and wait for Jostens staff members to indicate when and where you should stop.
  • Bring and wear a mask in case you need to roll down your window.
  • Pop your trunk from the inside of your vehicle so Jostens can put the package in the trunk of your car.  If you cannot pop your trunk from the inside of your vehicle, please roll down a window that is not occupied by the driver or passenger.
  • Stay in your vehicle at all times.
OTHER INFORMATION:
  • There will be some special Upper School staff members cheering you on as drive-through to receive your packages. They are very excited to see you!
  • For the safety and well-being of everyone involved in this pick up process, please do not approach any Jostens or TPS staff members.  
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time. Stay safe and stay well!  We miss all of you!
 
Mrs. Huskey
 

 

Dear Parents,

 

May is moving along quickly and we are so proud of what our students are accomplishing.  There are just two more weeks of school for our Lower School students and three for our Upper School students, so hang in there and don’t hesitate to ask for help as you are nearing the finish line.  

 

NEW INFORMATION:

  • Lower and Upper School Yearbooks are still available for purchase, but they are now limited quantities available. Please visit the TPS web store to purchase one while they last.  There is information in the reminders below about how yearbook distribution will be handled.

REMINDERS:  We are here for you!  Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions.  We would like to hear from you and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible or connect you to the right person on our staff.  Please click on the images below for reminders of past information and resources we have shared.  

Temecula Preparatory Schools

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the creative ways you celebrated our teachers this week.  We truly appreciate the outpouring of love and for your support every and every day!  

 

We know some people are wondering why TPS students still need to do work when other schools are doing little or no work and still get to maintain their grades.  There are many reasons for this, but the primary reasons are:

1) We want to make sure students are prepared for next year, 2) we believe that students should pursue learning to better themselves and continue on the path of becoming life-long learners, 3) traditional school districts have less flexibility because of their union contracts and many have not been able to adapt to the situation as quickly as TPS, the vast majority of private schools, however, are continuing with learning and grading, just like us, 4) Advanced Placement (AP) tests are still being conducted and we want our students to have the best opportunity to score well and get into college, and 5) we want to teach our students to work through adversity by continuing to reach goals through hard work and perseverance.   

 

Please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) if there are extenuating circumstances that are making distance learning especially difficult so they can assist you as soon as possible.  

 

NEW INFORMATION:

  • Upper School (7-12) teachers are preparing students for semester finals, which will begin on May 26th.  Please refer to class information on the teacher websites for specifics.

  • Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 school closure mandates, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our summer camp program this year.  The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority and there are currently just too many unknowns for us to open this program safely in June.  We know this impacts many of our families and hope that by sharing this information now, you will have adequate time to make alternate arrangements.

 

REMINDERS:  We are here for you!  Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions.  We would like to hear from you and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible or connect you to the right person on our staff.  Please click on the images below for reminders of past information and resources we have shared.  

 



Have a wonderful weekend!

Dear Parents,

Happy May 1st!  We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather today and that you can take some time to relax this weekend.  May is a great time to remember the importance of mental health, especially during this stressful time. Our counselor’s contact information is provided below, along with some helpful resources we have shared previously.  We will check in with you again next Friday, so until then, stay safe and be well!

 

NEW INFORMATION:

  • YEARBOOKS – Any yearbooks purchased prior to this week will be mailed home when they are ready.  For yearbooks that are purchased this week and after, we will be working on a distribution plan.  We will also update you when the yearbooks have arrived.

 

REMINDERS:

  • The TPS counselors are available to support our students, even during the school’s closure. Each counselor will be available by email. Please don’t hesitate to contact your counselor for any reason. They will be available during regular school hours M-F 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ms. Fabiola Pimienta (grades 5-7), Mrs. Rachel Lemkau (grades 11 & 12), Mrs. Yvonne Crace (grade 8-10) and grades K-4 may contact any counselor.  There are some helpful resources below that may also be helpful to you during this time:

Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

  • We are here for you!  Please email info@temeculaprep.com if you have any general questions, concerns, or suggestions.  We would like to hear from you and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible or connect you to the right person on our staff. 

 

 

  • Please feel free to send us any uplifting picture messages so we can share on our social media page or future emails! Email to info@temeculaprep.com.

Dear Parents,  

As schools and districts around the country have quickly moved to distance learning as a result of school closures, we can also see how many different approaches there are out there.  We wanted to take a moment to share information on our approach and purpose behind our distance learning model.  

In accordance with our mission and vision, we want to ensure that students are building their skills for becoming life-long learners and also ensuring that they are sufficiently prepared for their next year of schooling.  Our goal is to promote student growth and achievement through distance learning for the remainder of the school year.  To achieve this goal, that means our teachers will continue to provide instruction, assignments, and assessments using online tools and resources that you are all now familiar with.  Grades are an important tool to make sure we are all on target to achieve our goals.  

The following question and answer section was designed to answer questions you may have about our distance learning approach.  In order to tailor the information to Lower School and Upper School, there are two separate sections below.  

As always, if you have any questions about the information we are sharing, please email info@temeculaprep.com.  Thank you for your continued support, stay safe, and stay well!

 

LOWER SCHOOL (K-6) PARENTS

What is my role as a parent in distance learning?

The following are helpful tips and information on the role you can play in your child’s distance learning:

  • Check your child’s work daily and follow up on AERIES and Google Classroom to make sure all assignments have been completed.

  • Set a daily routine and try to stick with that routine.  

  • Provide a comfortable, organized work space for your child to work.

  • It is especially helpful for parents to play an increased role in student learning by assisting with questions and reinforcing the teacher’s lessons.   

  • Communication is important, so it is extremely helpful for parents to communicate with the teachers with any questions or issues that arise.  

  • Take time during this quarantine to connect with your family.  Spend time together doing something meaningful together (read a book together, play a game, watch a favorite show, make a craft with supplies from home, etc.)

What is the expectation for how long students should be working per day on school work?

  • Each child works at a different pace and each family has their own way of doing things at home.  We feel a reasonable expectation for students in Lower School is to work for about 2 hours per day.  If you are experiencing any difficulties with the amount of time your child is working each day, please reach out to your teacher for assistance.  As always, we encourage reading whenever possible, aside from the normal work assignments.  

Are all teachers connecting with students virtually or giving recorded lessons?

  • All Lower School teachers will be giving approximately 45-60 minutes of “face time” per week and the information on when that takes place can be found on the teacher’s website.  These opportunities are available through Zoom, pre-recorded lessons, or weekly check-ins where teachers can answer questions about work, etc.  

ZOOM/ONLINE NOTES:  

  • It is advisable to supervise your child when they are using Zoom or any other online resource.  No web-filtering system is perfect and you are responsible for providing appropriate supervision while the Internet is being accessed away from school.  

  • Make sure that your child’s Zoom name is something that allows the teacher to identify that it is your child.  Teachers are being very vigilant about outsiders trying to enter into private Zoom meetings.

Are students going to be graded on their work during this time?

  • Yes, students will receive grades.  Grades will be determined by what work is being turned in. Students are expected to turn in work and continue learning. Assessments will still be given, however, the emphasis on school assignments will be weighed more heavily than assessments.  Assessments are an important tool for the teachers to assess student progress and where they may need additional help now and in the future.   Again, our primary goal is for students to continue learning and making sure that they’re prepared for next year.

I can’t seem to help my child with an assignment, what do I do?

  • We understand that this situation has taken all of us by surprise and that you are doing your very best.  As parents, you already wear multiple hats, some of you are working from home in addition to trying to help your children.  We want you to know that teachers are available for you and your child during this time, but we need your help.  Please take advantage of the offered Zoom meetings when they happen, use the resources the teachers are sending out, read the emails from the teachers and school, and most importantly – reach out for help if you need it.   

What if my child does not complete an assignment by the due date?

  • Students should do their best to stick to the due dates, but given the circumstances, teachers will work to accommodate students and families.  If there are any issues with meeting deadlines, communicate with your teacher as soon as possible.  Think of Monday as a new start and try to get everything done before each Monday.  Communication with your teacher is key!     

 

UPPER SCHOOL (7-12) PARENTS:

How will assignments and due dates be communicated? How will completed work be collected?

  • Each teacher has a message on their website with directions on how assignments will be distributed. Many teachers are utilizing Google Classroom to post assignments and collect assignments. It is also important for students to check their school issued email each day. Each Monday morning, teachers will provide a Weekly Agenda so students can plan for the expectations of the week.

Will teachers still give assessments?

  • Students will still be assessed with quizzes, tests and projects. Teachers are utilizing various online tools and resources to provide assessment opportunities in order to check each student’s progress. It is important to encourage your child to be honest when taking assessments as the purpose of the assessment is to guide further instruction from the teacher.  

If a student does not do his/her work, will their grade go down?

  • Yes. Final grades will be determined using all assigned work through the end of the semester. In accordance with our mission and vision, we want to ensure that students are building their skills for becoming life-long learners and also ensuring that they are sufficiently prepared for their next year of schooling. Due to the current circumstances, if a student is facing challenges or difficulties, be sure to communicate with teachers as soon as possible, so support or accommodations can be provided.

What about AP Tests?

  • AP Tests will still be administered in May. The tests will be administered at a scheduled time and students will take the test at home. Teachers are still actively preparing students for these exams and can provide more details on the exams. Please click here if you would like more information about AP testing.

  • https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

How will tutoring and interventions be provided to students?

  • Students and parents should continue to keep an open line of communication with teachers. Many teachers are offering virtual office hours and all teachers are available to answer student concerns.

Will any of this impact my student’s ability to attend college?

  • California colleges and universities have been working together to understand and address the concerns of distance learning and the impact this may have on student performance. There is a joint understanding of flexibility during this time.

  • https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/collegereqsinformation.asp

Do elective classes matter?

  • Yes. All classes on your student’s schedule have assignments, expectations and will be graded.

What if a student gets sick and misses assignments?

  • Make sure to contact your child’s teachers if they will be missing a test or assignment due date as a result of illness.  Your child will be given the opportunity to make up the work when they are feeling better.  

How can I help my student be successful with Distance Learning?

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to study each day and help your child create a daily schedule. Review the Weekly Agenda at the beginning of each week and make sure your child understands the expectations of the week. Regularly check to make sure your child is completing assigned tasks. Help your child communicate with teachers any concerns or questions they may have about assignments.

What are the expectations for student behavior in the distance learning setting?

  • TPS distance learning classrooms have the same expectations that would exist in a traditional classroom setting. The same level of honor, respect, and virtue is expected in the online virtual classroom. Students may not engage in inappropriate behavior and are responsible for their behavior when using TPS resources or distance learning platforms. We expect students to be respectful to one another and to their instructors at all times.  General TPS rules and policies for behavior apply, as outlined in the Student Use of Electronic Information Services agreement, Student & Parent Handbook, and Student & Family Compact. To ensure that an environment conducive to learning is maintained online, inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Dear TPS Parents,

As always, we hope this email finds you safe and well.  We also hope that the first week back to distance learning went as smoothly as possible. We just have a few pieces of information to share today, including the last pick up day for Chromebooks, last pick up day for needed academic items, and a reminder about the Letter of Intent deadline.  

CHROMEBOOK & ACADEMIC ITEM PICK UP:

We have done our best to facilitate Chromebook and academic item pick ups for your child.  At this time, we have one final date that we will be accommodating requests for these items.  You must fill out the appropriate form(s) below to schedule a pick up and we must receive the form(s) no later than Tuesday, April 14th at 12:00 p.m.

  • If you need a Chromebook, please click here.

  • If your child needs an academic item from his/her classroom or locker, please click here

An email will be sent to you with a specific date, time, and pickup procedures once you have filled out the form.

As a reminder, parents and students should not come to campus for any reason, unless you have filled out one or both of the forms above and we have given you specific instructions on when to come to campus.  This is for your safety and the safety of our staff. 


LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE:

On March 25th, we sent out the Letter of Intent information via email.  The deadline to submit the online form is April 20, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.  Just in case you missed the email, please click on the link below to review.  The link to submit your response is included in the information.

We are thinking of all of you and hope that you are finding the strength and fortitude to make it through this difficult time.  Even though we can’t be with you in person, we are still here to help you as best we can.  Please email info@temeculaprep.com and we will respond as quickly as possible to help you with any questions or concerns.

Temecula Preparatory School 

Dear Parents,

We certainly hope that the past two-weeks offered you the chance to rest, even during this stressful time, and most importantly we hope you and your family are healthy.  Even though our staff had a chance to take a quick breath as well, you have not been far from our minds and we have been preparing for the next steps in dealing with the ever changing situation.  

This afternoon, Governor Newsom confirmed what we had suspected, that California schools will remain closed for the remainder of the current school year.  We understand that this has a number of ramifications for TPS families and please know that we will be doing all we can to support our students, families, and staff members during this time. 

Your support, suggestions, and questions have helped us to meet the challenges ahead.  Starting Monday, April 6th we will be continuing with our distance learning with the procedures established before break.  Please check your teacher’s website(s) for directions on where/how to access assignments. All students will be expected to continue learning and making academic progress.  

As we shared before the break, we will do our best to help you pick up a chromebook or academic items for your child.  Parents and students should not come to campus for any reason, unless you have followed the procedures below and we have given you specific instructions on when to come to campus.  Staff members have been instructed not to open doors or interact with people “dropping in” as this could create safety concerns, so unfortunately, we will not be able to help you if you show up to campus without following the procedures outlined below.

  • If you need a chromebook, please click here to fill out a quick form and a TPS staff member will be in contact with you for the pickup time, date, and process.  

 

  • If your child needs an academic item from his/her classroom.  Please email info@temeculaprep.com and tell us what is needed and where it is located in the classroom or locker.  

 

We received many great questions over the break and we hope the information in the “Recent Parent Questions & Reminders” section will address them.  As a reminder, phone calls to TPS are not being answered during the school closure time period. Please contact us at info@temeculaprep.com with any general questions and email your child’s teacher(s) for class assignment questions.  

These are unprecedented times and ultimately the safety and well-being of our students and community is paramount, but we also realize that closing school for the remainder of the school year is difficult from both an educational and emotional standpoint.  We thank you for your continued support and patience. We will continue to be here for you and hope that you will continue to support each other however you can.   

Temecula Preparatory School



RECENT PARENT QUESTIONS & REMINDERS:

 

I’m still not sure where I can get lunch for my child.  What do I do?

  • 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.  Please click here for more information on where to find locations in your area. 

 

Are any of the field trips and events going to be happening even though school is closed through the end of the school year?  

  • Unfortunately, all school events and field trips are cancelled.  We know this affects some grade-levels more than others, especially our seniors.  Our hearts go out to each student affected. We will be reaching out to our seniors and senior parents very soon.

 

Will I be getting a refund for my child’s field trip?

  • Cancelled field trip refund questions will be addressed in separate emails to the parents or grade-levels that are affected.

 

Can the school assign grades during this time?

  • Yes.  It is up to the discretion of the school and TPS will be assigning student work, giving exams, and assigning grades.  As our distance learning evolves, we will be working to provide the appropriate level of work and welcome feedback from students and families.  Please contact your teacher if your student is having any struggles or difficulties.

 

What if it’s difficult to find assignments on the teacher’s website?

  • Please email your teacher for clarification and help.  As we mentioned, our teachers and school will be adjusting as needed to make distance learning as effective as possible.  
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