Calendar update: new last day of school, graduation dates for class of 2019

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff and families,

Thanks again for all of your patience during our weather challenges and closures. Here’s hoping we have made it through the snow season for the 2018-19 school year.

As I mentioned in communications a few weeks ago, as a result of snow day closures on Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-15, we are moving forward with our plan to:

1) extend the school year into the week of June 17,

2) bump graduation ceremonies by one week, and

3) apply for waiver days with the state so students don’t need to make up all seven snow days.

Pending “snowmageddon – part deux,” the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 20 and it will be an early dismissal day for all grades. See the revised school calendar here.

The district is working with our labor unions to determine the details of the remaining make-up staff work days. When those plans are complete, our human resources department and/or supervisors will share with employees.

Here are the new times, dates and locations for graduation ceremonies for the class of 2019:

  • Options High School: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Options High School
  • Bellingham High School: 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Bellingham High School
  • Squalicum High School: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Squalicum High School
  • Sehome High School: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Sehome High School
  • Community Transitions: 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The last day for all seniors is now Thursday, June 13, 2019. Graduation rehearsal date/times will be determined by each school.

Again, we appreciate your flexibility. There is no perfect answer when it comes to school schedules, including graduation dates and snow make-up days. As you may remember, we shared tentative graduation dates in September 2018 and said they were subject to change if school is canceled for any unforeseen circumstance, such as a snow day. The school year calendar, especially the last day, is also subject to change. Sometimes we make it through the school year with no snow days and no changes; other years, like the 2016-17 year, we make adjustments to ensure compliance with the state.

We look forward to the next four months of the school year and to celebrating our graduating seniors.

Thanks again,

Greg Baker