Sigsbee Charter School

Respect, Responsibility and Resilience


Good morning families,

This is a much longer email with notifications from the Board of City Commissioners and the Monroe County School District.  Sigsbee Charter is working toward meeting the September 25th goal for re-opening.   It is essential for the children to return to some normalcy and continue their education in a safe and recognizable environment.    However, we need to be sure that our facility and community are safe for our children.  Please keep yourselves informed about conditions in the keys at the moment.  While notifications for re-entry are now official, conditions are challenging.  The safety of the children is our top priority.  You may not want to rush back.

It is likely that not all students or faculty will be able to return by the 25th.  Our SCS community is a family and we take care of one another.  We are here to help.  We are already constructing plans for how to accommodate everyone who returns and ensure that we have our classrooms staffed with SCS staff.  If you are unable to return to the keys by the 25th, please email me and our registrar, Mrs. Leslie Rosch.  ( . and  We will be as flexible as possible in protecting your child's seat at our school.  I understand that some of the tenant commands may have longer return dates.  Please do not be concerned.  We will welcome your children when they are able to return to school.  We should know a lot more when the housing officials complete their inspections.  Initial inspections look good for most houses.

We are also aware that some of our family living on the economy may have suffered significant damage.  Please let us know if you are in this situation and remember, we are here to help.

Please DO NOT register your children at other schools unless you consider this your permanent solution.  Now that we know that schools will reopen soon, if they withdraw from Sigsbee, we cannot guarantee their re-admission.   Once our teachers are back at work and safe, we will send out communications for how you can keep your children working so that they don't fall behind their peers.  Find a place with a good internet connection and you can always Facetime into class.

I appreciate your resilience and your commitment to your child's education.  It is what makes our culture great.   I will continue to update you as soon as I have solid information.

From the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners:


Monroe County now is open to Marathon at Mile Marker 47, just north of the 7 Mile Bridge, for residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.

The Lower Keys and Key West will open Sunday morning at 7:00 am, also to residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.

A checkpoint in Florida City will remain in place to ensure only these groups are admitted to the Keys. An additional checkpoint at Mile Marker 47 will control admittance to the Lower Keys and Key West.

For those re-entering, know that medical services, food, water, and electricity are extremely limited. There is no functioning hospital to admit patients in the Middle or Lower Keys. Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon is not open and the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West only has its Emergency Room open.

Returning residents should bring provisions and any necessary medications to sustain themselves for several days.

Residents returning to the hardest hit areas from MM 40 to MM 10 should know that services are almost non-existent. There is a heavy law enforcement presence in that area to prevent looting and provide security.

“This is one of the toughest decisions to make, but also an indicator of how well our recovery has been going since the Keys suffered a direct hit by Category 4 Hurricane Irma,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi sadi. “We know there will be many challenges ahead, especially for our hardest hit areas in the Lower Keys. But we want our residents and business owners to come back to rebuild their lives, their livelihoods and our economy. We are prepared to restore the Keys back to the special paradise we love.”

From Monroe County School District


MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Superintendent Mark Porter has made the decision to target the reopening of all Monroe County Schools on Monday, September 25, 2017. All personnel should expect to report Thursday, September 21st and Friday and September 22nd. If they are unable to report they are asked to make contact with their principal or immediate supervisor.

Superintendent Porter said he feels his team can get schools up and running, but recognizes there are known and unknown challenges that may create exceptions to this reopening date. “I want to acknowledge that it is an aggressive goal but I am committed to making this a reality for as many schools and students as possible.”

Monroe County Officials have confirmed reentry to mile marker 47 just before the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon today. Officials said residents of the Lower Keys and Key West will be able to reenter beginning Sunday, at 7:00 a.m.

Mr. Porter acknowledged the need for staff to come together to help one another. He highlighted this need in a daily aftermath update. “I want to emphasize the importance of working together and looking out for one another. While we will all face significant challenges upon our return, some will be more significant than others. Please be prepared to provide assistance to one another as needed. This may go as far as opening your home to a fellow staff member who doesn’t have a home to return to.”

THIS WEEK'S NEWS:  The Sigsbee Scoop

Please click the link above to access our school blog.  The Sigsbee Scoop is a weekly e-newsletter that provides current information on daily events, research in education, school celebrations, and community events that are of interest to our students.  The newsletter is disseminated electronically each weekend.  


A Congratulations to the staff and students of SCS for earning an "A" from the Florida Department of Education for the 7th consecutive year!

Our Mission

Through innovative approaches, Sigsbee Charter School inspires critical thinking and promotes empathy, focusing on the unique needs of the military child. 

Click here to read about our history

Sigsbee Charter School

An "A" Rated School for  seven consecutive years

Winner of the 2012 Military Child Education Coalition Pete Taylor Partnership Award

Grant recipient of the Department of Defense Education Act Grant 2011-2015 & 2016-2020

Recipient of the Florida Department of Education Start-Up Grant (2010-2012) & the Instructional Best Practices K-5 Grant (2014-2016)


School Hours

8 AM - 3 PM:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

About Us

Sigsbee Charter School (SCS) is located on Naval Air Station Key West (NASKW) and serves children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. This non-profit organization captivates students through a marine-science, environmental education program that capitalizes on the local marine sanctuary.  The curriculum offers integrated studies that engage students with the environment through local field trips and inquiry projects.  Our science program is rooted in backward curriculum design.  Our literacy program follows a balanced literacy approach.  Math instruction is crafted around the Mathematical Practices.  Students participate in exploratory cultural arts programs on a daily basis, including music, art, technology, media and physical education.


939 Felton Road, Key West, FL

Tel: (305)-294-1861 Fax: (305)-292-6869