Baugo Schoolhouse

Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Summer 2020

Superintendent's Message: Welcome Back Jimtown!

After a summer of preparing for the safer return of students to campus the moment is nearly here. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in, campus is beginning to buzz with excitement and a new normal. Under the eye of the Elkhart County Health Department and guidance by the Indiana Department of Education and Governor Holcomb's office, Baugo Community Schools will welcome our students to campus for in-person instruction beginning August 13th. For families choosing not to return at this time, our virtual learning platform will provide for a remote learning option. Safety protocols and personal protective gear have been embedded into our work and are observable upon arriving on campus. Teachers will teach and reinforce behaviors designed to limit viral spread to keep our students safe. Extracurricular activities are already observable on campus. Social distancing and mask wearing too are part of new student behaviors. This return to campus is a wonderful example of a community rallying around a challenge and rising to address it head on. This is certainly a quality of Jimtown. Welcome back!

Jimtown Athletics React to COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, things change frequently. This truth cannot be ignored as we work together to slow the spread of the virus. Jimtown Athletics will strive to reduce viral spread while still trying to provide opportunities for our kids to enjoy the wonderful benefits of Education-Based Athletics. The message is very simple: if you want to play….if you want to have a season, we have to do our part to provide a bubble of safety for our athletes.


Tickets to athletic events will be very limited as we enter the school year. Additional information will be published about ticketing as we work with the local health authorities regarding the sizes of venues and mitigation requirements. We can say with confidence that all patrons at events this fall will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Parents will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the events. Beyond that, extra tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis for each event.


We look forward to a great “virus free” fall season. Thank you for your support!

Jimtown Broadcasting Club Will Take Over Streaming Athletics

Jimtown High School is excited to announce that Jimtown Broadcasters Club will take over the streaming of athletic events at Jimtown High School. These students will be guided by Jimtown technical advisor, Steve Williams and also tutored by the longtime voice of the Jimmies, John Osbourne from Broadcastsport.net.


Stay tuned for more information…but Jimtown Football (and eventually other sports including volleyball, basketball, and wrestling) will be streamed live on the internet to IHSAAtv.org. Fans anywhere in the world with an internet connection will be able to see these events live. The games will be in a pay-per-view format on IHSAAtv.org.


Since this is a learning opportunity for our kids and also to support our athletic programs, a small fee will be charged to see the live stream. There is no limit to the number of people that can watch the live streamed games as opposed to paying for an individual ticket for each person that comes to the games.


Thank you for support and GO JIMMIES

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Jimtown Marching Band

The 2020 marching season is in full swing! Even though things look different this year, the band is putting together a great show to share with our community. The show is entitled "Reminisce," which includes parts of previous shows and a sneak peek into next year's show. See you in the stands!

Operations Is Critical to Reentry

The operations department is working hard to follow the Baugo Reopening Guidelines and get the buildings and campus ready for staff and students. Daily cleaning and disinfecting is happening. Training took place on the implementation of the new requirements for the department as well.

Improvements to the Baugo Campus

Solar Project for Baugo Schools

The Baugo Community Schools Board of Trustees voted on June 8th to move forward with a solar project designed to provide solar power for Jimtown High School, the Education Service Center, and the 1929 gym. Funding for the project is being secured now as well as finalization of solar panel location. Solar panel development has evolved in recent years and now includes the opportunity to create carports and sun cover which improves their flexibility of placement.
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Changes in Transportation

We are excited to see our students! We have implemented a cleaning and disinfecting plan for all of our buses with our priority being the safety of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for your compliance and patience as we do our best to keep our kids safe.


We have some familiar faces in new roles in our transportation department. Business Manager, Zac Quiett, will take on the additional duties of Transportation Director Our jack of all trades, Marty Moyer, Transportation Manager, and Michelle Brown, Transportation Secretary, will keep the department moving. We look forward to having our Jimmies back on our buses and in the classroom!

Safely Serving Meals in our Schools

Cafeterias will look different this year as safety has been enhanced to respond to COVID-19. Plexiglass dividers have been added to tabletops to provide barriers between students while they eat. Tables will be disinfected between lunches. Students will be offered choices for meals however they will not serve themselves. Students are required to wear masks in the cafeteria unless they are seated behind their tabletop shields.

Clear Lines of Communication

In the event that a family experiences a positive COVID-19 case, it is important that schools are notified. Laws protect family privacy but schools will need to work to contact trace and timing is crucial to limit exposure and spread. Please call your student's school nurse in the event of a positive COVID-19 test:


Jimtown Elementary Nurse: 574-971-6454

Jimtown Intermediate Nurse: 574-971-6455

Jimtown Junior High School Nurse: 574-971-6453

Jimtown HIgh School Nurse: 574-327-3286

Baugo Community Schools Focus on Home and School Communication

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The local Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for area schools. The pandemic has placed some restrictions on this process. Baugo Community Schools will benefit from supply collection on Friday, August 7th only. Those wishing to donate supplies through The Salvation Army can drop them off at the County Road 6 Walmart. If you wish to benefit the Baugo Community, please contribute on Friday. If you miss the drop off, we will always accept extra supplies at the Education Service Center.