A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
Dear students, staff, family and community,
I want to recognize the incredible efforts and examples of Innovation and Flexibility, which is one of The Bellingham Promise’s key strategies, that I have seen all across our district and community. Week two of our closure brought some clarity to some parts of our district, such as the first phase of remote learning and drive-thru meal service. And we recognize that the landscape is ever-changing as we receive new guidance from the state, governor and other authorities, so please continue to stay tuned as we refine our processes, including meals. Next week, we will continue 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). We are also going to pilot a multi-day meal box at our neighborhood sites and apartment complexes starting Tuesday, March 31. More to come!
A fun example of innovation has been watching principals and other staff engage via video, including this video from Bellingham High School staff.
Video above: Bellingham High teacher Ben Goodwin clapping along…’cause he’s happy.
I was also honored to be interviewed during Sehome’s video morning announcements today. Big thanks to assistant principal Mike Couto and Thomas for their creative and fun method of delivering information to students, families and staff (and the bloopers at the end are kind of fun!).
Video above: Watch for the moment when Sehome senior Thomas hears some positive news that might be coming from the state about graduating seniors.
I also wanted to offer a few ways you can help, as many of you have reached out with wonders about volunteering and donations. Our school district is so lucky to have a cadre of amazing volunteers in our schools when we’re running our district like normal, but right now, safety protocols and physical distancing are making it challenging for us to open up in-person volunteer opportunities, but thank you for your kind offers! If you are in a position to give, I encourage you to support our Bellingham Public Schools Foundation and Bellingham Food Bank; both organizations have stepped up to help our families in need, especially those struggling with food security.
And if you are needing help, please continue to refer to our resources page for the latest information about food, tech delivery and other needs you may have during this challenging time.
It’s always nice to end the week with a little dose of humor; thanks to those who keep sending me memes.
Continue to take care of yourselves!