Ferndale School District Reopening Taskforce Update

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The Ferndale School District Reopening Taskforce is announcing a weekly update and additional information in advance of reopening in Fall 2020.

At the July 21st Taskforce meeting, sub-groups met to discuss elements of reopening including Equity & Access, Communication, Facilities & Operations, Social & Emotional Learning and Infrastructure. Each sub-group will support planning for the District’s re-opening options.

The Taskforce previously released three options for reopening in the fall. The options include:

1.       A full-time distance learning option for those who do not want their children to return to in-person school.

2.       A rotating AA/BB option, which will provide a combination of in-person learning for two days per week and distance learning for three days per week according to a schedule something like this:




3.    A phased-in option, which will involve some students spending more time in in-person learning based on their age, grade level, internet access, and/or other educational need.

At this time, the District is planning to have families choose one of the three options for September, although the situation is subject to change given the course of the virus. A link to the original announcement can be found here: https://www.ferndalesd.org/news/1684840/ferndale-school-district-taskforce-shares-reopening-options

Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn explains, “To the greatest extent possible, we want to provide our families with options, as long as we can do so safely. Given recent news from across the state and nation, we are receiving a lot of questions about one option in particular – distance learning. I want to make sure our families know that we have been working hard all summer to ensure we can offer an improved distance learning program this fall with better tools specifically designed to support teachers in delivering education in an online environment.”

The Ferndale School District Reopening Taskforce began meeting on July 7th and will continue meeting weekly through August 18th. The District re-opening plan must be delivered in final format to OSPI by August 19th.