We are a hands-on science school serving Transitional Kindergarten through 4th grade. We foster a love of learning and the confidence to achieve through a challenging and differentiated education for every child. We supplement core studies with explorations and enrichment including technology, Spanish, Music, Art, and PE. If you have any questions, please contact our Principal, Stephanie Foucek, at 530-582-2704.
FAQs for Our Temporary Move to ‘Camp Tahoe Lake at Rideout’
As we get closer to the end of this year, we are able to get more detailed about our plans for our grand adventure next year at ‘Camp Tahoe Lake at Rideout.’ We know that there are lots of questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions if we don’t answer them here!
Why is Tahoe Lake Elementary School moving to Rideout?
Thanks to our community’s support of Measure E, Tahoe Lake is being remodeled and improved. Typically during school construction, a school has to try to just learn and work around the construction, which can be very challenging. We are very fortunate that we have the ability to move our entire school program to Rideout during construction. This will allow for normal learning and playing on a day to day basis, as well as for a shortened timeline and cost savings for construction as opposed to school and construction happening at the same site.
What is Rideout?
Rideout is a TTUSD facility that was a school in the 1970s and 1980s and again in the 1990s and early 2000s. In fact, several of our Tahoe Lake parents were students at Rideout at one time. For the past several years, Rideout has been leased to the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) and has served as a community center as well as the home for TTUSD’s Coldstream Alternative School. TCPUD will maintain its after school program at Rideout next year, so our students will still have the opportunity for after school care at Rideout. Since Rideout has been a community center, we are doing some improvement work over the summer to get it ready to be a school again.
Where is Rideout?
Rideout is 3.7 miles down the West Shore at 740 Timberland Drive. It takes about six minutes to get to Rideout from Tahoe City.
How will the move to Rideout impact my child’s time on the bus?
Our awesome Transportation Department is streamlining bus routes to minimize any increase in the time that our students will be on the bus. Additionally, almost all of our bus routes will be for Tahoe Lake students only, which will decrease time on the bus and allow for more room for Tahoe Lake students who will be riding the bus for the first time. Bus stop pickup and drop off times will be available in early July, and we hope all Tahoe Lake students will take advantage of riding the bus.
Do all Tahoe Lake students really get a FREE bus bass?
Yes!!! Because we know that our move to Rideout will impact parents who typically drive their child to Tahoe Lake, we are offering FREE bus passes to all Tahoe Lake students, and encourage all students to ride the school bus to and from school. If you will be a first time bus rider and have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Transportation Department at 550-0745 or our school office at 582-2700 to answer your questions and to determine your child’s pick up and drop off locations and times. Transportation can also help with setting up any special needs if your child’s before or after school plans change.
Where will bus stops in Tahoe City be?
Because Tahoe Lake will be a construction site, there will be no bus stop at school. We are adding two bus stops in town. One will be at the public lot on Jackpine Street and the other will be at the parking lot on Grove Street next to the dog park and Conners Softball Field. Neighborhood stops will remain the same.
How will road construction affect travel to Rideout?
The current road construction project on the West Shore will be finished in July, so that will not be a concern. There is a separate project that will be starting to build the new Truckee River Bridge, which will connect Hwy 89/West Lake Blvd from near Granlibakken Road to Hwy 89/River Road, diverting traffic from needing to cross Fanny Bridge. This project should have less of an impact on traffic flow as the new Truckee River Bridge will be open before other construction begins.
What is the parking lot like at Rideout?
Now that we have been spoiled by our awesome new parking lot, it will take a little bit of adjustment to get used to the parking lot at Rideout as it is a bit smaller. We are adding parking spaces, and that work will be completed over the summer. We will also be designating a bus lane, which will be closest to the building, and a parent drop off lane, which will be the lane closer to the road. We will have lots of staff on hand in the mornings to make sure that the flow of traffic is smooth and safe, and like last year with our new parking lot at Tahoe Lake, we will film a video of how drop off and parking will work before the start of school to share with you (and we’ll be looking for volunteer parent drivers and students to star in the video!) There is also street parking that will be available, and we are looking into having it be available year round. Parents will also be able to park in the bus lane during times that the buses don’t need to access the bus lane, which will be posted. The size of the parking lot is another reason why we would love for more of our Tahoe Lake students to take advantage of the opportunity to ride the bus!
What about the hill?
The road to Rideout from Hwy. 89, Timberland, is quite steep at the bottom. TTUSD will be contracting for snow removal dedicated to ensuring that the road is clear and sanded during inclement weather to increase safe flow of traffic to and from school.
Are there enough classrooms?
Yes! We will be using 10 classrooms inside the building, and we will move six portables to Rideout as well, which will give us enough classroom space. There is also a beautiful gym, library, and common area. There are covered areas outside which will help us be able to be outside even on rainy days.
What haven’t we answered?
If you have questions we haven’t answered here, please feel free to call Mrs. Foucek at 582-2704 or email your questions to email@example.com. If you have the question, others surely do as well, and we want to make sure we are able to respond to any questions or concerns.
We are looking forward to our adventure at Rideout, and know that it will be a special time that our students will always remember fondly. We will make the most of the location, especially the access to trails and the lake! And of course, more than anything, we will look forward to returning to our home in Tahoe City and enjoying the improvements at Tahoe Lake, including the Science Lab and Greenhouse, increased safety, easier access to the main entrance from the parking lot, new Kindergarten classrooms, modernized classrooms and gym, and our Little Auditorium and Library whose historic feel will be preserved with a little polish and needed care.
Again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions and thank you for being a Tahoe Lake family!
TTUSD has added the option to have delayed start school days when weather conditions warrant. Please note that on delayed start days, the TK/Kindergarten dismissal will be moved to 2:15. If a delayed start is called, Tahoe Lake will follow this schedule:
Tahoe Lake Delayed Start Schedule
10:00 Buses arrive and Student Drop Off
10:15 School Begins
9:55-10:10 Recess: 1st-4th Grades
11:10-11:40 Lunch/Recess: TK and Kinders
12:10-12:50 Lunch/Recess: 1st and 2nd Grades
12:30-1:10 Lunch/Recess: 3rd Grade
12:34-1:10 Lunch/Recess: 4th Grade
2:15 Dismissal: All Grades
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