South Lake Newsletter - January 15, 2021


Good Afternoon South Lake Families,

On Monday, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While this holiday commemorates his birthday, it is also recognition and honor of the immense impact he has made in his legacy of hope, freedom, social justice, and forgiveness. We often reference his quote, “The time is right to do what is right,” a timeless lesson we continue to teach our children every day. But there is another lesson he taught, very relevant about what we are experiencing today, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Navigating a pandemic just might be one of the most unforeseen challenges we have all had to face to date. It has forced us to isolate, distance, grieve, and upend all that has been normal. On the other hand, it has also brought families closer together, made us more resilient, and through technology broadened our communication to keep us connected. We can turn to Dr. King as a symbol of hope for what lies ahead and that regardless of the challenges we face, we will continue to move forward – together!  

I hope you have all have a safe and restful weekend…go Sharks! Please make sure to review the schedule for next week below.

Belinda Averill



South Lake Announcements

Schedule for January 18th – January 22nd

Please make note of the change in schedule for next week:

1/18 – MLK Holiday

1/19 – Teacher & Student Holiday

1/20 - Virtual All Periods




9:30 – 9:55
















1/21 – Odd Periods

Cohort A – In person

Cohort B – Virtual

1/22 – Even Periods

Cohort A – Virtual

Cohort B – In person


Tuesday Talk – January 26th @6:15pm

Save the date for our Math Support Tuesday Talk to provide strategies to support your student in math. Our math teachers will be hosting this talk to provide an overview of how our Math 7 & 8 courses are structured and resources for how to support their success in accessing and learning the course content.


Intradistrict Transfer/School Choice

All 8th grade families should have received information about requesting an Intradistrict transfer for 9th grade. Please visit IUSD’s website for more information. Some things to know about the process- all requests are randomized for the lottery and based on space available at the requested school. Paper forms are available at the district office if experiencing technology issues and if a request is made after the deadline, the request will be placed on a wait list. The window opened on January 4th and closes on January 20th at 4pm. At this time, all high school sites are open for transfer requests.


IUSD COVID-19 Reporting Instructions for Families
If your student(s) is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, it must be reported to your school through your secure account in the Parent Portal. Please follow IUSD reporting instructions. IUSD schools and staff will maintain confidentiality and protect student privacy, following all FERPA protocols. We would like to remind you that if anyone in your household is in the process of being tested for COVID – please keep your student home quarantined. For any further questions or communications please contact Principal Averill at and/or Nurse Moradi at


Illness Prevention

We continue to ask that students not spend unnecessary time on campus before and after school and that they adhere to physical distancing in common areas such as lunch tables, walkways, and hallways, and to wear their mask properly. Through the diligent efforts of all South Lake staff, we will continue to provide a safe learning environment for your students. And our efforts have been enhanced by your willingness to communicate openly with us so that illnesses and exposures can be managed appropriately. We realize that it can be stressful for your students to be absent from in-person instruction and please know that we remain dedicated to the success of our students and our school community. If any of the following are currently true for your student, please keep them home and contact us so that an appropriate return to school date can be identified, following both California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines:

  • Your student is experiencing any symptoms of illness please refer to the Decision Tree Guide and Health Screening Checklist (see translated checklists below)

  • Your student has tested positive for COVID or waiting results of a test

  • A member of your household is awaiting test results or has already tested positive for COVID

  • Your student has been in close contact with a friend of family member who has since tested positive for COVID

Spanish - Daily Home Screening Checklist

Korean - Daily Home Screening

Japanese - Daily Home Screening

Farsi - Daily Home Screening

Chinese Traditional - Daily Home Screening

Chinese Simplified - Daily Home Screening

Arabic - Daily Home Screening      


Upcoming Dates

January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 19th – Student/Teacher Holiday

January 20th – All Classes Virtual

January 20th – PTSA Meeting

January 21st – Odd Periods/Cohort A in person

January 22nd – Even Periods/Cohort B in person

January 26th – Tuesday Talk (Math)