Dear Big Lagoon Families,
At last, we are headed back to school! Whether you have chosen an in-person or distance learning option for your child, please know that the Big Lagoon staff is working tirelessly to provide the best possible experience for your student. While we know that we will encounter bumps in the road on this unfamiliar journey, we are confident that good will, the support of our school community and a can-do attitude will get us through the rough spots.
The information below covers schedules, health and safety practice, and the instructional programs. Please take the time to review this information and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
I am excited to be serving Big Lagoon as the new Superintendent/Principal and I look forward to getting to know your students. I have been thinking about them and preparing for them all summer and I, along with the rest of the Big Lagoon family, are ready to get started!
The first day of school will be Monday, August 24th and the last day will be Friday, June 11th. Please note that there will be no early release days this year. Please click on the link above to see the entire calendar for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
School will start with breakfast at 8:45 and instruction starting at 9:00 for all students. Dismissal will be at 2:00 pm for all students. The primary grades (k - 3) and upper grades (4 - 8) will have staggered recess and lunch times to help facilitate physical distancing during the school day for the two cohorts. Please click on the link above to view the daily bell schedule.
Big Lagoon will continue to run a south-bound bus route this year. Students are expected to wear masks while riding the bus, and remain in their assigned seats to maintain physical distance from other riders. Please click on the link above to see the bus schedule and safety protocols.
We are very excited to be able to offer a small, in-person learning opportunity this fall. The success of this program will depend on all of us doing our part to comply with state and local health guidelines. Requirements for students being on campus include parents monitoring student health daily, and students wearing face coverings, saying six feet apart and washing hands frequently and correctly.
Students engaging in distance learning will be expected to check in to their classroom on time, with their materials at hand and ready to learn. The structure of the day’s work and daily participation expectations will be established by the teacher. Students are not expected to sit at the computer for the entire school day and will be given opportunities for recess, lunch and independent work. Attendance will be taken and monitored -- if a student begins to show a pattern of absences school staff will contact the family to see how we can help.
Campus Safety Protocols
The Big Lagoon re-opening plan has been developed with school-specific guidance from the Humboldt County Office of Education and the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. Basic precautions include all adults wearing face coverings, staying six feet apart and washing hands frequently. In addition, all high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and common areas such as restrooms will be sanitized daily.
The mission of Big Lagoon School is to educate, empower, and prepare students in an environmentally connected and culturally responsive learning community.