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All School Early Dismissal and Thanksgiving Holiday

Bellingham Public Schools will be on an early dismissal schedule for all students on Wednesday, Nov. 22. High schools dismiss at 12:15 p.m., middle schools dismiss at 12 p.m. and elementary schools dismiss at 12:45 p.m.

Please note for high school bus riders: Buses will not arrive until 1:45 p.m. Student bus riders and families may make other transportation arrangements from school, including accessing Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) buses. To get a free WTA bus token, talk to staff in your school’s main office. Or, students can stay on campus for supervised activities until school buses arrive at 1:45 p.m.

We apologize for this inconvenience, which will only occur twice this school year – Nov. 22 and the last day of school. We were able to greatly improve the daily high school start and end times, and drastically reduce high school early dismissals to only two days, compared to the 2013-14 school year when we had 12 early dismissals for high school students. We believe this logistical transportation challenge twice per year is a worthwhile trade-off, but again, we know it may be an inconvenience to some. Please contact your school if you’d like more information or help brainstorming options.

All schools and the district office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resume on regular schedule on Monday, Nov. 27.

The 2017-18 school calendar can be viewed on our school calendars webpage.


Happy Thanksgiving!