School Closure Update - Learning Plans (March 25, 2020)

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A letter to families from Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn sent Wednesday, March 25, 2020 highlighting learning plans. This update is also available at www.ferndalesd.org/covid-19 along with past updates and additional resources.


Ferndale Families,

Today I want to talk with you about student learning plans from this point forward. At the beginning of our school closure period, the guidance we received from the state was that schools would not provide new learning during the closure. That is changing. Yesterday we received the following guidance from the state (printed below in blue). I am sharing it with you today so that you know what to expect from this point forward:

1. School Districts should prepare an instructional model for the delivery of learning.

How that will look in the Ferndale School District:

Starting today, March 25, teachers will begin contacting students to check in this them and establish a virtual connection.

2. School Districts should plan to provide instruction using printed learning materials, phone contact, email, technology-based virtual instruction, or a combination to meet student needs.

How that will look in the Ferndale School District:

  • Starting today, Wednesday, March 25, we will share learning materials and plans that will bridge the time between now and Spring Break (April 6-10). Material for both elementary and secondary levels can be found here: https://www.ferndalesd.org/covid-19/learning-resources
  • After Spring Break, we plan to return to you with new learning materials for students at appropriate grade levels and subject matters. These materials will be delivered by your student’s teacher(s) and/or advisor. Please watch for additional information.

3. School Districts should operate with an April 27 return-to-school date in mind, but prepare for the possibility of a longer school closure period.

How this will look in the Ferndale School District:

We are still operating as if classes will resume on April 27 as originally announced by Governor Inslee. However, we are also getting early signals that this could be a longer shutdown. We want to prepare for instruction that will carry us through the remainder of this school year. If we are able to return before that time, we will celebrate together.

Although schools are closed and we are not providing traditional in-person instruction, education in Ferndale will continue in a new way.

I know everything is changing quickly. I know some of what we told you yesterday or last week is no longer true. However, there is one thing I can tell you will remain constant. The entire staff of the Ferndale School District is here to support you and your student as we work together in a new way.

Thank you for continuing to trust us with your children. We love and care for them, and we will look forward to the day when we can return to classrooms together.

All the best,

Linda