Information about April 6 to 10 (AKA spring break) and update on meal delivery

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff, families and community members,

We wanted to provide information for you about next week April 6 to 10, previously known as spring break. Our district will continue to function as it has been: teachers will maintain remote learning efforts; food services will offer drive-thru meals (though with a different model, read below for more); principals will be at schools to support tech delivery efforts and other needs of families; designated staff will offer child care; and many staff will continue to work remotely.

We recognize some families may have plans to take time off or be away from Bellingham, and we encourage students and families to do their best to keep up and communicate with teachers.

I also wanted to share an update on meal delivery and information from the Food Bank.

  • This week, our district is continuing to offer daily meal pick-ups at all of our ten school sites between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day (no need to come by last name).
  • Starting today, March 31, we are providing a multi-day meal box at our neighborhood sites and apartment complexes and discontinuing daily meals. We will not be back until Monday, April 6 at the following sites: Evergreen Ridge, Villa Santa Fe, Sterling Meadows, Eliza Court, Regency Park and Sudden Valley Community Center.
  • Starting next week, April 6, we will provide multi-day meal boxes at all 16 of our sites (schools and neighborhood complexes) between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. only on Mondays. We will discontinue 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.

We would not be able to provide these meals without the support of our Bellingham Public Schools Foundation!

We also wanted to share an update from the Bellingham Food Bank. Folks may visit once per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will load a pre-packed food box into their trunk or car without requiring person-to-person contact. There will be a bike and walk-up option as well. Each car may pick up for up to two families. Menstrual products, baby formula and diapers will be added to distributed items as availability allows. Please check the Food Bank’s website for more information.

Dates, Times and Locations

1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Shuksan Middle School

3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Christ the King Church on Meridian St.

1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Civic Athletic Complex

For individuals who would like to support our families experiencing food insecurity, please consider giving to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation and Bellingham Food Bank.

I also want to share a compelling video of state Superintendent Chris Reykdal. This is the first of a series he plans to produce in an effort to address educators, families and students. I encourage you to watch!

And finally, a quick dose of humor for those of you working remote and relying more on Zoom meetings.

A meme about zoom meetings

a meme about audio meetings versus video meetings

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate our new “normal.”

Greg Baker