ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca City School District, in accordance with New York State, has issued guidance to its students and families regarding holiday travel and reminding families of the newly instituted state rules.

The guidance, in the form of a community letter, largely reiterates what the state and Tompkins County Health Department has stated in the last several days in preparation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Both governments have formally discouraged travel during the holidays, and the state has instituted a ban on any private gathering over 10 people.

“As community spread increases in our region, and we see COVID-19 positivity rates rising within Tompkins County, adherence to our agreed-upon health and safety measures are perhaps more important than ever,” the ICSD guidance reads. “In addition to wearing a mask, maintaining 6 feet of distance, frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, practicing good respiratory hygiene, and filling out the daily screener, the Tompkins County Health Department is discouraging all gatherings between households and all non-essential travel.”

To help families, the school district offered the below chart to illustrate the proper way for people to conduct travel, if they are going to leave to a non-contiguous state, according to New York State.

Additionally, the district announced that though there have been people in the district who have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes returned in October.

“To date, the Tompkins County Health Department has not notified the district of transmission in any of our schools, and it is believed all positive cases of COVID-19 were contracted outside of the school setting,” the letter states.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at