COVID-19 update; All schools closed effective Monday, March 16

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear families, students, staff and community,

Thank you, again, for your patience and grace through this challenging and unprecedented situation.

We just heard from Washington state Governor Jay Inslee who mandated all school districts to close starting next week. Based on the advice of health officials and in conjunction with districts and organizations across the state, all schools in Bellingham Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24, or until further notice.

  • For all students and staff, please continue to check your email and/or the district website regarding plans for education during the closure.
  • Families, please continue to stay connected to email and refer to our website for the latest updates regarding student learning, childcare and nutrition.
  • Everyone, please keep in mind that this is an unprecedented situation and we, along with hundreds of school systems across the country, are working hard to plan and communicate. We ask that you please hold on emailing questions to teachers and other staff. As questions arise, please consult our FAQ or submit questions or comments through this weblink. District staff will follow up with you as soon as possible.

I acknowledge the gravity of this decision; we know our students, families and community are generally best served when school is open and running, especially those who are most vulnerable.

The decision to close raises all kinds of questions and implications including childcare needs for our staff and families, school meals, graduation, and much more. We are working on plans to address a range of impacts, and we will be in communication as we work through these challenges. We are also working with our community partners to determine how to best mitigate the impact of our closure.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We will be sharing more information soon as we work through the many details of this situation.

Sincerely,

Greg Baker