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Westchester Schools: County's Reopening Report Out, Meet Irvington Player Headed To Yale in '21

Irvington High School rising senior Grace Thybulle has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Yale University in the fall of 2021.
Irvington High School rising senior Grace Thybulle has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Yale University in the fall of 2021. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Irvington Union Free School District

Has he fallen behind? Will she be bullied? Parents have more than enough to worry about. Add the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school, and it all seems like too much. Westchester parents, though, now have a seven-page reference report to find answers to most of the hard questions.  

Questions and answers like these: Will my child have to quarantine when we get back from vacation to one of the governor's travel list states? Yes. Will contact tracers reveal the names of students to potentially infected people. They won't.

The COVID-19 FAQ for Schools PreK-12th Grade guideline was released this week by the county's board of health. The detailed report covers everything from when and how to report positive COVID-19 cases to the health department and has information about contact tracing and the various types of COVID-19 testing, household contacts and more — including links to further resources. It is intended for parents, teachers and school personnel as schools consider when and how to reopen.

Co-chairs of the county's working group on school reopening, Deputy Commissioner of Community Mental Health Joe Glazer and White Plains Schools Superintendent Joseph Ricca, discussed the document and school reopening plans on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at a meeting of the Board of Legislators' Environment and Health Committee. The report is available on the Department of Health website here.

Irvington Basketball Players Headed to Ivy League

A student-athlete at Irvington High School is headed to Yale next fall. Rising senior Grace Thybulle, a standout basketball player, has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Yale University in the fall of 2021.

“Making my decision was extremely difficult because I had about 30 amazing schools to choose from, but as I began to have a clear vision of what I want from my college experience, it was so obvious that Yale was the perfect fit for me,” Thybulle said.

Thybulle, who has been a member of the Irvington varsity team since eighth grade, was also pursued by Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and William and Mary, among others. Ultimately, in addition to its Division I program and reputation in the Ivy League, Thybulle was drawn to Yale’s culture and its environmental engineering program.

“When choosing a school, I really looked at not only where I would fit as a basketball player, but where I would fit as a human,” she said. “I’m so excited to go to Yale because I know the people I’ll meet there will help me to grow in so many ways.”

Thybulle, a 6-foot-3-inch forward and captain of the Irvington Bulldogs’ team for the upcoming season, has been playing basketball since she was in elementary school.

“I love that in basketball there are so many ways to contribute and make a successful team,” she said. “I’m definitely a leader on the court, and in my past few seasons, I’ve been trying to grow my skillset so I’m a forward that can handle and shoot the ball.”

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