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District Wide Information for Back to School!

Distance Learning

Distance Learning this year will be very different from the spring's distance learning model. Teachers will be teaching live using Zoom for a portion of each day (synchronous), and they will assign additional work to be completed to ensure that the state's mandated daily instructional time is met.

In Kindergarten, the minimum amount of expected daily instruction is 3 hours. In grades 1-3, the minimum is 3 hours, 50 minutes, and in grades 4 and up the minimum is 4 hours. In all grades, including kindergarten, class will begin at 8:20. Links to each class's Zoom meeting and much more information will be provided at device pickup (see the schedule below).

The first week of school will focus on activities that help students and teachers get to know one another. Lots of time will be dedicated to training students on procedures and expectations over the first couple of weeks as well. See the tips for distance learning success below to make the online learning experience effective for your student and your family.

Device/Info. Pick Up Times

When you pick up your student's device on Thursday or Friday this week (see the pickup schedule below) you will also find out who their teacher is. Login details to the various online platforms, such as Google Classroom and Zoom, along with lots of other information will be provided. When you get home with the device be sure to log into your Google Classroom to watch a welcome video from your new teacher. School begins Monday, August 31.

Please bring a pen with you so that you can sign the device contract upon pick up. Device pick up will be on Thursday 8/27 and Friday 8/28 at the below times:

Thurs. 8/27 Pine Hill Students:

1:00-2:30 pm Kindergarten

2:30-4:00 pm 1st Grade

Fri. 8/28 Pine Hill Students:

9:00-10:30 am 2nd Grade

10:30 am-12:00 pm 3rd Grade

1:00-3:00 pm Open Pick Up

Thurs. 8/27 South Bay Students:

1:00-2:30 pm 4th Grade

2:30-4:00 pm 5th Grade

Fri. 8/28 South Bay Students:

9:00-10:30 am 6th Grade

10:30 am-12:00 pm 7th/8th Grade

1:00-3:00 pm Open Pick Up

Tips for Success During Distance Learning

  • Remind your children this is temporary and for their safety.

  • Speak in a positive way with your children about distance learning.

  • Validate feelings of disappointment at not returning to physical school.

  • Establish a daily schedule, including an appropriate bedtime routine.

  • Create a distraction-free workspace. Consider making it a fun project to do with your child.

  • Make time for outdoor exercise and play. Movement and fun are an important part of learning!

  • Stay patient, and take breaks as often as needed.

  • Reach out to the teacher or family resource center if you or your children are feeling overwhelmed.

  • Expect bumps in the road and remember challenges are an important part of the learning process.

  • Give yourself and your children grace.

Contact Information Updated!

Please be sure we have updated family contact information as this is our main source of communication. We will send out weekly newsletters, text messages, emails and phone calls to alert families of important school information. You can also check out our website and download our new App through all App Stores by searching "PH/SB Schools".


We are happy to let you know that the Explore After School program will be up and running for our after school families. The program will look a little different virtually. We will have Zoom meetings that the students will log into and attendance will be taken. Weekly crafts, workbooks, reading, and other fun activities for the students will be provided. The supper and activity bags will go out with food pick up. Soon, we will be sending out more information on pick up days. Stay well and hopefully we will get back to normal soon.

Spanish Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Frankovich

Responding to the concerns of our Spanish-speaking community members regarding COVID-19. Monday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Main topics:

  • Staying informed with accurate information
  • Staying healthy
  • Questions regarding schools and re-openings

Dr. Teresa L. Frankovich, MD, MPH, Humboldt County Health Officer

Brenda Pérez, Centro del pueblo

Representatives from the Humboldt County Office of Education


Zoom Video Conference Platform (Translation provided via Zoom). Also presented simultaneously via Centro del pueblo’s Facebook page

Meeting ID: 929 8138 0067

Passcode: 096154

Click the flyer below for more information...

Summer Reading Challenge!

Our Summer Reading Challenge is coming to a close! Be sure to login your reading on Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza or turn-in a page with all of your minutes documented. There will be a prize for students that have read over 1000 minutes during the summer break! We hope you read some great books over the summer!

Food Distribution for 20-21

During the 2020-2021 school year, Pine Hill/South Bay will be providing food twice a week for our students. Pick up will be at South Bay School. The days are yet to be determined. To see if you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please complete this online application or contact the office at South Bay or Pine Hill to get a paper form or have your questions answered. We look forward to serving you!

From the Family Resource Center:

Dear South Bay Union School District Families,

We want to let you know that the Family Resource Center is open and working hard to support families during this unprecedented time. We know that Distance Learning may bring up some new challenges for families, and we are here for you.

While we can help with a wide array of things, some of the services I’d like to highlight are FOOD SECURITY, MENTAL HEALTH REFERRALS, HOUSING SUPPORT, INCLUDING EVICTION PREVENTION, UTILITY ASSISTANCE, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, DIAPERS / HYGIENE SUPPLIES, UNEMPLOYMENT, RESOURCE REFERRALS, and much much more! To access any of these services you can call us at 445-5933 or text me directly at 296-0083. We are looking forward to serving you this year! -Cassi Le-Hue

Check out this exciting Library news!

Hello, it's me...Mrs. Bronkall from the library. The exciting news is that this school year I will be working at both the Pine Hill and South Bay Libraries to make sure that all students who want to check out library books will have many opportunities to do so.

During distance learning, this will be done by parents and students using the Chromebooks to place holds on books through Alexandria, the library database. An email will be sent out soon to all parents and students with a link to Alexandria's website, clear instructions on how to search for books, and easy directions for how to place a hold on the books you would like to check out! A video will be emailed out to everyone on how to place holds to make it even easier to is really very easy once you know how!

I will receive a list of those books that students placed on hold, check them out to the students, and have them waiting for curbside pickup by parents on certain days when the library will be open. Per Covid-19 safety guidelines, all returned books will be quarantined on a cart for 4 days before being able to be checked out again by another student. I am really glad that very soon students will have access to all of our wonderful library books in both the Pine Hill and South Bay Libraries so that they can "Keep on Reading!"

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