- To guide the development of a district plan for the re-opening of schools in the fall 2020. This includes both the instructional and operational aspects.
Basis for Establishment:
- Schools closed on March 15, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19. In order to reopen our schools, we need to re-imagine the way we teach, learn, work and engage in order to prioritize safety.
- We want to be prepared for a variety of options next school year, including a remote reopen, a partial in-person reopen schedule and intermittent closures, which may occur due to health concerns.
- Members will be appointed.
- The reopening schools advisory committee will be an advisory body to the superintendent and executive team.
Plan of Work:
- Engage with experts and emerging research, models and best practices to reopen public institutions, especially PreK-12 schools and higher education institutions.
- Provide feedback to work teams as they determine needs, opportunities, challenges and conditions for reopening.
- Advise and review feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including staff, students, families, community members, local partner organizations and health officials.
- Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Kristi Dominguez, co-chair
- Executive Director of Operations Jessica Sankey, co-chair
- Department of Teaching and Learning representatives: Deputy Superintendent Mike Copland, Assistant Superintendent Steve Clarke, Director of Special Education Mike Haberman, Director Amy Carder, Director Trina Hall, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Rey Ramos
- School administrators Sonia Bell, Matt Whitten, Ari Feeney, Tom Gresham
- Certificated teachers Sarah Rose, Ronni Weston, James Walsh, Shirley Prichard, Nic Castona, Jeff Nyman
- Paraeducator Karanbir Deol
- School nurse Alyssa Johnson
- Safety and wellness program specialist Nyla Thursday
- Front office staff: registrar Robin Montague, elementary principal administrative assistant Gladys Serrano
- Bellingham Education Association (BEA) president Lisa Peterson
- Bellingham Association of School Employees (BASE) president Rebecca Sauter
- Parent Advisory Committee representatives Jami Pitman and Samantha Dang
- Student Advisory Committee representatives Nigel Naylor and Serene Salam
- Whatcom County Health Department representative Laurette Rasmussen
- Bellingham medical community representative Dr. Sara Mostad
- Opportunity Council representative David Webster
- YMCA representative Shannon Millican
- Director of Transportation Rae Anne Thon
- Director of Food Services Patrick Durgan
- Director of Building and Grounds Mike Anderson
- Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Bob Kuehl
- Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations Jackie Brawley
- Executive Director of Educational Technology Kurt Gazow
- Executive Director of Family Engagement Isabel Meaker
- Serve until committee is no longer needed, which may be six months or longer.
- Serve on or engage with work groups as assigned.
- Commit to meetings and be an active participant according to group norms.
- The committee will begin meeting June 24. Regular meetings will occur from 10 a.m. to noon every other Wednesday:
- The committee will plan to meet and process as long as necessary and may transition to an every week schedule as needed.
Budget Implications: None anticipated.