Update to start in-person instruction for middle and high school students who are served in Life Skills and BRIDGES

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear families with students in our middle and high school Life Skills and BRIDGES programs.

As you may know, we welcomed kindergartners and students who are served in our Life Skills and BRIDGES programs in grades K-2 back into our schools last week for in-person instruction. First graders and students in Life Skills and BRIDGES in grades 3-5 will return later this week.

We are excited to announce that we will be bringing back:

  • middle school students who are served in Life Skills and BRIDGES starting Monday, Nov. 16 and
  • high school students who are served in Life Skills and BRIDGES starting Monday, Nov. 23.

We encourage you to review our Reconnect Plan webpage, which includes our FAQ and return to school video; you may also reach out to your child’s teacher(s) and principal if you still have questions. If you do not wish to come to school for in-person instruction, students who receive Special Education services will continue to work with their Special Education teacher remotely. Again, please work closely with your child’s teacher.

Please see our health attestation process and safety reminders for in-person instruction.

Health attestation process and safety reminders

  • We are asking families to please fill out this health attestation agreeing to check daily for symptoms of illness and to keep symptomatic children home from school. We will ask you to fill out and sign this form more than once this school year.
  • “Taking care of yourself and your family is taking care of your community” is a phrase that we have adopted in Bellingham Public Schools as we bring students back to school in-person with public health guidance in mind.
  • In collaboration with the Whatcom County Health Department, we are taking a number of important steps to mitigate risks and help keep our students, staff and families healthy and safe.
  • Families should also review the COVID Family Safety Plan online, which includes reminders about COVID-19 symptoms, the importance of mask-wearing, handwashing and maintaining distance.
  • Families must have up-to-date contact information at school. If children present symptoms during the day, families must pick up their children from school.
  • Our staff will be taking students’ temperatures and are adopting the “all screening all the time” mantra to keep a caring eye out for one another.
  • Our district, your school and your teacher will remind you regularly about these daily screenings that help us keep everyone healthy.

Thank you for abiding by these rules and following public health guidelines.

We are looking forward to seeing your child soon!

Greg Baker