Big Bear Valley, CA — In anticipation of some temporary road closures taking place on Friday afternoon, to allow for the Amgen Tour of California cycling race, the Bear Valley Unified School District has made some scheduling modifications for this school week. On Thursday, which is generally a minimum day for students at Big Bear Middle School and all three elementaries, all BVUSD school sites will be on a regular, full day schedule. With Thursday a full day, students at all Big Bear schools will be on an early-out schedule on Friday, May 21, to accommodate bus schedules without any complications presented by these rolling, temporary road closures for the race, which is anticipated to arrive in Fawnskin around 2:30pm and then wrap at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake by 4pm—depending on the pace of the cyclists coming from Palmdale via Highway 18 and along the North Shore to Stanfield Cutoff. Friday’s BVUSD school schedule will result in the following early-out times: Big Bear Middle School students will be released at 11:46am, Big Bear High School students will be released at noon, North Shore Elementary students will be released at 12:20pm, Big Bear Elementary students will be released at 12:40pm, and Baldwin Lane Elementary students will be released at 12:55pm. Friday’s early-out schedule will also allow students to view the Amgen race, which should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here in our community.
The school board meets this evening and, pending ratification of union contracts for this current school year, there is the possibility that Friday, May 28 may be a furlough day, meaning the district is closed, teachers and staff will not be paid for this day, and students will not have school—but, again, this is pending ratification at this evening’s meeting, which begins at 5:15pm at the BVUSD offices on Moonridge Road, with open session scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.
For road specifics and activities surrounding the Amgen Tour of California, here in Big Bear on Friday afternoon, visit the KBHR Spectators’ Guide to Enjoying the Amgen Tour of California in Big Bear. (There is also a tab linking to this information, at the top right column of KBHR’s home page, should you need to reference it again.)

This is the map for the local portion of the route for the Big Bear Climb of the Amgen Tour of California, which begins in Fawnskin and ends at Snow Summit. Streets to be used for race include Stanfield Cutoff, Big Bear Boulevard, Sandalwood, Fox Farm, Garstin and Summit Boulevard.