The COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly to reflect current cases impacting our schools and district.

This dashboard reflects case counts for confirmed positive cases that were at school during their contagious period and serves as notification of possible exposure. This count does not include individuals who were not at school while contagious. You can see all COVID cases across our community on the Whatcom County COVID dashboard.

If you are concerned about a possible exposure, please contact covid@bellinghamschools.org or call 360-676-6455 and we can help determine your risk of exposure.


Current Reported Cases Among Students/Staff

Dashboard shows current confirmed COVID cases of Bellingham Public Schools students or staff engaged in learning or work at a district site. In order to keep the dashboard up-to-date and relevant, cases are archived at Past Cases Dashboard below. 

Past Cases Dashboard

 


Notification Protocol

Students and staff are asked to notify schools if they test positive for COVID-19.

Our COVID Response Team will determine days at school contagious and provide notification as well as update the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.

We will continue to track cases and monitor for outbreaks. In the event of an outbreak, we will work closely with public health on response and communication.

Testing Resources

Getting Tested

Students and staff will need to have improving symptoms and a negative test in order to return to work and school.

Rapid antigen testing for those experiencing symptoms or with a known exposure is available at all schools.

You can request, find and/or schedule a COVID-19 test at:

*Please note: PCR tests are sent to Northwest labs and billed to insurance.


Test Reporting
Persons testing positive at home with an iHealth rapid test kit provided by the school are advised to report their positive to public health.

Public health asks you to report positive tests done at home to 1-800-525-0127 (then press #) or use this online form.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

As a reminder, if you test positive for COVID-19 please inform your school’s front office and report any at-home positive test results to the Whatcom County Health Department by calling them at 1800-525-0127 or filling out this online survey.

Those who test positive must isolate for five days from symptom onset. If you have been fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms are improving, you may return on day six or later and public health offers three options to return to school/work:

  1. Wear a mask for days 6-10 (testing not required)
  2. Test negative with rapid antigen test after day five (wearing mask is optional) OR
  3. Isolate at home for 10 days.

Note: If you test positive on day 6 or after, you must continue to remain home in isolation through day 10.

This applies to all students and staff in all settings including our preschools.  If an individual is under two years old or unable to wear a mask, they must isolate for the full 10 days unless they test negative using a rapid test on day six or after. Students and staff may unmask to eat or drink during days 6-10.

Student and Staff Testing at the Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) Testing Center offers rapid antigen testing and PCR testing for students and staff.

Due to the decreased demand for testing, we no longer have “drive through” testing staffed all day, but the FRC can help with testing.

Location: Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue (Portable in main parking lot)

Hours of Operation: Each school day from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm.

Type of Testing: PCR and rapid antigen

Turn Around Time for Results: The turnaround time for PCR results is typically under 24 hours. Rapid antigen results in 15 minutes.

*If you have had COVID-19 within the last 3 months, a rapid antigen test is preferred.

Results: Families are given PCR test results directly from our vendor and are responsible for providing them if requested by the school.  Most of our nursing staff can assist in finding PCR results but we ask staff to start with families. With increased availability of home tests, we are accepting verbal test reports from families.

Test Reporting
Persons testing positive at home with an iHealth rapid test kit provided by the school are advised to report their positive to public health.

Public health asks you to report positive tests done at home to 1-800-525-0127 (then press #) or use this online form.

Testing After Exposure to COVID-19

Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine and be excluded for school, if they are unvaccinated.

Exposed students and staff members may continue to take part in all in-person instruction and care, including sports, performing arts, and other extracurricular activities, as long as they are not symptomatic.

Public health encourages you to monitor your student for symptoms and consider wearing a mask for 10 days after the last exposure. 

Testing is recommended 3-5 days after exposure. Rapid antigen tests are available at schools for home use and testing is available at the Family Resource Center at Shuksan Middle School, and in the community.

If your student tests positive, they must isolate for 5 days and follow related protocols.