Back to School Week at Bel Aire!

Bi-Weekly Principal Newsletter #2: 2021-2022 School Year

Dear Families,

The big week is finally upon us!

The positive energy is palpable here at Bel Aire--I had a fantastic day with the teaching staff. We worked on team-building, reviewing Covid protocols, and preparing for the first day of school. We also hosted the Mosaic Project staff for some whole school Equity and Inclusion work. The Bel Aire team is ready to go!

The first day of school is on Thursday, August 19th, and instruction will be in person. Thursday is an early release day, with school starting at 8:00 and dismissal at 1:35.

Friday, August 19th, is a regular school day. 8:00 to 2:35.

Log in to your Alma portal after 4:30 pm on the day before school to see class placement. Click here for info on how to access your Alma account.

A few other updates since last week:

  1. Back To School Night will now be at 6 pm on 9/2 instead of 4:30 pm.
  2. Students may enter campus from any of the three entrances. Parents are not permitted on campus.
  3. We'll use the "Test or 10" method of pushing out lesson materials to iPads of students that may be sick or quarantining.
  4. Please keep sick or symptomatic children home from school.

More information on these four items can be found later in this newsletter.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Reed Union and Bel Aire will have multiple layers of protection to ensure student and staff safety. Our safety protocols follow the county Public Health guidelines and are not limited to the following:

Click here for a full version of the Marin County School Guidelines.

I hope to see you at the "Principal's Coffee" Zoom tomorrow at 4!


Principal John DiCosmo


Morning Drop Off Procedures

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First Day of School Reminders

Please be sure your child brings the following items:

  • A healthy snack & lunch (Please do not send in any food or snacks containing nuts)
  • Water bottle
  • A comfortable and well-fitting face mask (we can provide if one is needed)
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes

Student Drop Off/ Pickup

What is the drop-off protocol for students for the first days of school?

Parents may drop off at any of the three campus entrances but are not permitted on campus at this time. We do not have designated entrances for grade levels this year. We will have a crossing guard on duty to ensure that students can safely cross Karen Way.

While it's unfortunate that parents are not permitted on campus, we will have support staff positioned at the three student entrances to help guide students to their classrooms. We will also have signs to direct students to the correct buildings. Additionally, teachers will be outside of their rooms and on the lookout for their new students. Students are permitted on campus at 7:45 am, and Homeroom begins at 8:00 am.

The school day ends at 2:35 pm, and parents can meet students off-campus at the exits.

Please follow all safety protocols & traffic laws when dropping students off and picking them up. This includes:

  • parking in a legal parking spot (please pull all the way over to the curb)
  • avoid blocking driveways

In addition, please understand that many of our neighbors are experiencing more neighborhood traffic than is typical (due to designated entry/exit locations). Please make every effort to be respectful in any interactions.

Finally, as a best practice for supporting safety, we request parents to designate a location a block or more away from the entry/exit locations to prevent both vehicle and student congestion and traffic.

Currently Closed: Belvedere Tiburon Library

Parents, be advised: the Belvedere Tiburon library is currently closed due to construction. Children should not plan on going to the library after being dropped off at the library bus stop.
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Important: "Test or 10" - Learning from home if sick or quarantining.

Any students who are sick or symptomatic must kept home from school. To keep learning materials accessible for students, Bel Aire will make use of the "Test or 10' document. The "Test or 10" document is a self-guided curriculum that a student can use while quarantining. It is based on grade-level standards and is designed to be completed as independently as possible. It can be shared with a parent/guardian and even pushed to that child's district device.

For Your Calendar

Principal's Coffee with John

Get to know Bel Aire's new principal as he talks about the start of the school year.

Wednesday, August 18th at 4 pm

Zoom Link

Submit questions in advance here:

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 6pm

277 Karen Way

Tiburon, CA

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Regular School Hours

8:00-2:35 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00-1:35 pm Wednesdays (Early Release Day)

Choice Lunch

Choice Lunch service begins Monday, August 23. For the first two days of school, please be sure to send your child with a healthy snack, water bottle, and lunch.

Bel Aire Family Handbook

This handbook outlines some of our programs, policies and procedures, and the expected behavior for our community. It has been written by staff and students.

Forms to Complete

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RUSD Yellow Bus Program

Buses will be running without physical distancing requirements. Masks will be required.

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RUSD Mission & Vision: Each student will be challenged and inspired to reach their fullest intellectual, social-emotional and creative potential to positively impact the world.