COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ

Updated: May 1, 2020

Bellingham Public Schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Please continue to stay connected and refer here for the latest updates regarding student learning, child care and nutrition.

Will the district be offering meals to children and families during the closure? 

Updated: May 1, 2020

Bellingham Public Schools  are closed through the end of the school year. Please continue to stay connected and refer here for the latest updates regarding nutrition.

Starting Monday, May 4 we increased from providing 10 meals (breakfast and lunch for Monday to Friday) to 14 meals to cover the entire week. Students and families can pick up multi-day meal boxes on Mondays between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at all 16 of our school and neighborhood complex sites. Meal boxes are available for any student; there is no income requirement or verification needed at this time. We ask families who are sick to please stay home.

We have discontinued daily meals. We believe this shift in service will be more efficient for families and staff; limiting our interactions with each other means practicing better physical distancing. If you have questions or concerns, families can call 360-319-8863 o en español 360-510-9174.

 

Families can go to the following schools to pick up meals:

  • Alderwood Elementary School
  • Carl Cozier Elementary School
  • Cordata Elementary School
  • Geneva Elementary School
  • Happy Valley Elementary School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Wade King Elementary School
  • Shuksan Middle School
  • Options High School

Or the following neighborhood/apartment complexes:

  • Eliza Court mobile home park
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • Regency Park Apartments
  • Sterling Meadows Apartments
  • Sudden Valley Community Center
  • Villa Santa Fe Apartments

At this time we are unable to fill requests for special dietary needs. If you have questions about carbohydrates and allergens please email susan.dejong@bellinghamschools.org and we will try to get you that information in a timely manner.

Please be flexible as plans may change based on access to food, staff and supplies; guidance from the health department; or orders from the governor to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. This service is possible with the incredible efforts of our food services team and the generosity of Bellingham Public Schools Foundation.

Please continue to check back here for the most up-to-date information.

If you have questions related to our meal service, please fill out this online form, click “school meals” and submit the form; someone will respond soon.

What are our remote learning plans during the closure?

Many teachers have already connected with students and families to check in, provide instructional content and support students’ continued learning.

  • Middle and high school students will receive their instructional support through their personal school district computing devices using tools such as OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and Flipgrid.
  • For elementary students, teachers will initiate online connections using the SeeSaw program that most of our elementary teachers have already been using to connect school with home.

Please visit our Learning Resources webpage for more information.

What child care options are available in Bellingham while schools are closed?

This information is now available on our child care webpage.

What can parents do?
What are the facts about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • Current COVID-19 resources may be found at: 
  • It’s important to know the facts. 
  • Please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. We all play a part in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with a disease outbreak. Please don’t make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin. Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. 
  • There’s no evidence children are more susceptible to the virus; 98% of confirmed cases to date are adults. 
  • We encourage all families to confer with their health care providers for specific medical advice or questions as needed. 
What plans does Bellingham Public Schools have in place in case of an outbreak of a communicable disease?
  • We rely on the direction of regional health experts for sharing communications relating to communicable disease outbreaks. We work with agencies including the Whatcom County Health Department, Washington State Dept. of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. 
  • Our district policy 3414 and procedure  3414 guides the protocols we would follow for any communicable disease. 
Will schools be closed?

Bellingham Public Schools is closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

 

What are our plans for district and school events?

Effective until further notice.

All extra-curricular activities, trips, athletics and other school-based events, including facility rentals, are suspended.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to school nurses, Health Services (360-676-6470 ext. 6533), or School Safety & Emergency Management (360-676-6534). 
  • Please also take a moment to update your family’s communications preferences in Skyward Family Access by following the directions on our Skylert webpage so you will receive all communications from our schools and district in the way(s) you prefer. 
  • Submit questions or comments through this weblink.