Letter from Dr. Greg Stern:
December 20, 2020
Dear Whatcom County School Superintendents:
On November 24, 2020, I issued a strong recommendation to roll-back in-person instruction for middle and high school students in response to an elevated and steep rise in COVID-19 case rates in Whatcom County and in keeping with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidance in place at that time. Elementary schools were to continue their phasing in of in-person instruction and high-need students were to be provided in-person services.
Given what has been learned about schools and COVID-19 transmission and new state guidance, I now recommend phasing in of hybrid and in-person instruction for middle and high school students, with emphasis on assuring full implementation of COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Part of our planning work has involved determining how we will return students and staff to in-person learning when it is safe to do so. We studied a number of models. We are indebted to the Northshore School District for the one we have included here. The graphics were developed by Northshore, who graciously shared them with us. The description of the stages, however, is specific to Ferndale.
As they are presented below, the stages do not have hard and fast metrics attached to them. We are working closely with the Whatcom Health Department to determine when we can safely move from one stage to the next.
For more family-friendly Holiday Events check out the Whatcom County Holiday Guide: https://whatcom.kidinsider.com/holiday-events-in-whatcom-county
Governor Inslee has announced 4 weeks of statewide restrictions beginning 11:59pm Monday, November 16, 2020. You can read exactly what his new mandate entails here:
Please support local restaurants by ordering from them at least once a week and SHOP LOCAL this holiday season! For over 7 years, Whatcom Kid Insider has been a reliable source of information for our community. We will continue to provide updates on the events and activities that are open under government guidelines. This does not constitute an endorsement of the event or a suggestion that we jump back into a “normal” way of life. Masks are encouraged if you are out in public spaces.
During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and do what they feel is best for their own family. Find more information regarding the Corona Virus in Whatcom County here: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
As always (but especially during the pandemic!), please confirm details (including mask, hygiene, and social distancing protocols) with event hosts as typos happen and event details change without notice to Whatcom Kid Insider ALL...THE...TIME!