At a special meeting of the Big Pine School Board on April 3rd, 2020 the Board declared an emergency due to COVID 19. In the interest of student and community safety, the Board voted to close Big Pine school sites until the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but continue with distance learning and begin online instruction with access for all students beginning April 9th, 2020. Should there be any change to Federal and State guidelines in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Board will reconsider a date for reopening.
Beginning Thursday, April 9th, 2020 all students in Big Pine Schools will be able to begin online distance learning. All students will have access to core curriculum online and will have their chromebooks to use at home. All students should be online and logged into their classes by Tuesday, April 14th. Login and passwords for online distance learning will be communicated to you and your student and available through your child’s email account.
Chromebooks for Grades Kindergarten through 6th grades are available to be picked up at school beginning Thursday, April 9th. All 7th through 12 grade students should already have their chromebooks. We were scheduled to be closed on Friday this week and Monday next week. We have decided to remain open on Friday, April 10th and Monday April 13th to serve meals to students and to also allow students access to their chromebooks so they can begin online distance learning. So beginning this Thursday from 11:00-12:30, students can pick up their chromebooks and a meal at school.
Online distance learning requires internet access. If you do not have internet access at home, Suddenlink/Optimum/Altice offers free broadband in our area for K-12 students displaced due to school closure. Please contact them for information and to schedule service. Optimum can be reached at 866-200-9522 and Suddenlink at 888-633-0030.
Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you and your student. The primary contact with you and your student will be through your child’s email account. Every student has an email account (@bigpineschools.org) and a password. These are Gmail accounts. For students in grades K-6, your child’s teacher will communicate with you and share this information. For students in grades 7-12, your child can share this information with you directly. Of course, your child’s teacher will work directly with you and your child on best ways to communicate through online distance learning. However, most academic information and links will need to be shared through email.
In this unprecedented time, we thank you for your patience and cooperation as we shift into distance learning. Please contact the school office for any general questions or assistance. If challenges arise with online distance learning, please contact Ed Dardenne-Ankringa at 760-938-2222 extension 2423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a special meeting of the Big Pine School Board on April 3rd, 2020 the Board declared an emergency due to COVID 19. In the interest of student and community safety, the Board voted to close Big Pine School sites until the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but continue with distance learning and begin online instruction with access for all students beginning April 9th, 2020. Should there be any change to Federal and State guidelines in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Board will reconsider a date for reopening.
Big Pine Schools Families, we will serve grab and go lunches to our students and distribute school work packets for our students beginning Monday from 11:00-12:30. Please be considerate when you come to school and practice social distancing for everyone’s safety.
Big Pine Schools will be temporarily closed from March 18th through April 1st. There is no school beginning Thursday, March 19th. We will keep you informed on a date that we can safely open our schools again based on recommendations from Inyo County Public Health.
The Big Pine Board of Trustees met on March 15th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. and voted to take the recommendation of local public health officials to leave school open. They will reassess that decision should there be a confirmed case of Covid-19 in Inyo County Schools (excluding Tecopa-Shoshone). The Board said that while the Big Pine School District recognizes that other schools have closed without having a confirmed case we are following the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health. Parents at the meeting commented that they were confident about keeping their kids in school and having them practice preventative measures and learning skills of personal safety and hygiene. A meeting participant stated “I feel that the school is a safer environment for kids.” Parents who do not wish for their student to attend school should contact the school office and request independent studies for their child.
Big Pine Unified School District is following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for K-12 schools and are working together with local, state, federal agencies to make sure students have a safe and healthy learning environment. Big Pine Unified School District is collaborating with all Superintendents in Inyo County. According to CDC guidance from March 12, 2020, Inyo County is in the preparedness phase Stage 1 based on the level of community transmission. At this time there is no community transmission and no known cases of coronavirus in Inyo County.
Measures Big Pine Unified School District is taking are as follows:
Please visit our website often for up to date information.
A message from Mrs. Pamela Jones, Big Pine Unified School District Superintendent
A message from Mr. Barry Simpson, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is A "Coronavirus"?
A coronavirus causes diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory illness. The COVID-19 virus is a new strain which has a more severe impact in terms of respiratory illness, with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is a vaccine for seasonal flu, which is recommended for all people over the age of 6 months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people get infected with a coronavirus at some point in their lives.
Are children at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19 compared with adults?
No. Health officials say very few children thus far have been infected with COVID-19, and those who have tested positive experienced milder symptoms than older patients.
How can I protect myself against Covid-19?
The CDC recommends taking the same measures you would do to prevent getting or spreading the common flu. These include:
Should students and staff wear surgical masks to protect themselves?
The CDC and World Health Organization recommend masks only if you are coughing or sneezing to block the droplets from getting into the air. Masks cannot prevent what’s already in the air from getting in and are not recommended for people who are healthy.
Why is handwashing so important?
Handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease.
Should students and staff use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are approved for student and staff use. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
How long does the Covid-19 virus remain on a surface?
Health authorities are still working to determine how long the COVID-19 virus can persist under a variety of circumstances.