Superintendent/Principal's Message

Big Lagoon News
September 2021
Staff Testing and COVID Mitigation Efforts
As you may know, school employees in California are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly COVID testing. We have launched our weekly testing program to test all staff, regardless of vaccination status, since we know that even vaccinated individuals can contract and transmit the delta variant. 
All adults are required to wear masks in all settings at school, as are students. Adults also practice maintaining distance, washing hands, monitoring our own health status and staying home if we are feeling ill. 
We have implemented assigned seating in the cafeteria to keep family groups together and to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a positive case. Students have 15 minutes to eat and 15 minutes to play outside during lunch. Students who need a mask break during recess or lunch are asked to sit down at an outside table and stay at least 6 feet away from others while they have their masks off. 
We are incredibly grateful for the support and understanding of our parent community as we continue to navigate this pandemic. We know that not all of our neighboring school communities are having similar experiences, and we truly thank you for your partnership as we work together to keep our school open. 
Guidance for when kids are sick
Students who have symptoms of infectious illness should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. During the pandemic, it is essential that parents keep children home if they are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and get them tested. Following is a list of common COVID-19 symptoms
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

If you do keep your child home from school, please be sure to call the office at 677-3688 and leave a message to let us know that they will be absent. 
If your child arrives at school more than 10 minutes late, please be sure to come to the office to sign them in. Similarly, if you pick your child up from school early, please come to the office to sign them out.
If your child or a member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID, please contact the school to let us know. 
Board Meeting Tuesday 9/14 at 4:30
The next regular meeting of the Big Lagoon Board is Tuesday, September 14th t 4:30 pm. 

Drop Off, Pick Up and the Parking Lot
To ensure a safe traffic flow in the parking lot during drop off and pick up times, we are asking that vehicles enter the parking lot from the north driveway and leave from the south driveway. 

Items from Home
Please keep blankets, stuffed animals and special toys at home unless they are approved for the day by your student’s classroom teacher. 

Dress Code
Please be aware that clothing or items that feature logos, company names or phrases that are associated with tobacco products, weapons, drugs or alcohol are not allowed at school. Students will be asked to change clothes and/or leave the inappropriate item in the office.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached via email at or by phone at 677-3688. 
The mission of Big Lagoon School is to educate, empower, and prepare students in an environmentally connected and culturally responsive learning community.