Learning Model Status

Current Status - We are currently in Stage 3 moving toward Stage 4.

Updated February 1, 2021

Learning Status Dial Graphic pointing at stage 3 of hybrid learning

Stage 4: Hybrid Learning

All students from Stage 3, along with those students whose families selected the Hybrid Model, participate onsite with in-person instruction two days a week and distance learning three days a week. Students whose families selected ongoing remote learning continue to participate in distance learning. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction.   
                       

Latest News from the Health Department

Letter from Dr. Greg Stern:

April 5, 2021

Dear Whatcom County School Superintendents,

On January 19, 2021 I last wrote to you regarding the post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases and the major changes to the Governor’s and DOH requirements and recommendations for K-12 school operations and COVID-19 that had been issued prior to that surge. Community COVID-19 rates have markedly reduced since January and new guidance and requirements have recently been issued.

On March 19, 2021, CDC issued new guidelines allowing for at least 3 feet distancing between students in most classroom settings when mask use is implemented for staff and students and other layered prevention measures are in place. Three documents were updated that day: Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations, Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention, and Science Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools. On March 25, DOH updated its K-12 Schools 2020-2021 Guidance, incorporating the new CDC distancing guidelines and OSPI/DOH/L&I updated their school workplace safety guidelines EMPLOYER HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL SCENARIOS which noted that school staff continue to maintain 6 foot distancing requirements. On March 26 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 21-05.1, Children and Youth Mental Health Crisis, requiring all school districts to offer at least 30% of average weekly instructional hours as on-campus, in-person instruction for all K-12 students who wish to attend in-person, noting the negative impact of the lack of in-person instruction on the development and well-being of students and the evidence that schools can operate safely with implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures. Read full PDF letter

 

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.

dial graphic showing stage 1 100% distance learningStage 1: 100 % Distance Learning

All students and staff participate in distance learning. School buildings are closed for access to everyone but essential workers.

 

Learning Model Status Dial Graphic showing the dial at 2 which is 100% distance learning with some safe remote access sites openStage 2: 100 % Distance Learning

All students and staff participate in distance learning. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering online instruction. Students living in areas with no internet service are able to be onsite in designated Safe Remote Learning Areas. (Eligible students will receive invitations to use these areas.)

Learning Model Status Dial Graphic pointing at stage 3 of hybrid learningStage 3: Distance Learning for Most Students/Some In-Person Learning for Students with Greatest Need

Students in greatest need of additional support, including young learners in grades PreK-5, participate onsite with in-person instruction for a limited amount of time each week. All other students participate in distance learning. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction.

Learning Model Status Dial Graphic pointing at stage 4 of hybrid learningStage 4: Hybrid Learning

All students from Stage 3, along with those students whose families selected the Hybrid Model, participate onsite with in-person instruction two days a week and distance learning three days a week. Students whose families selected ongoing remote learning continue to participate in distance learning. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction.

Learning Model Status Dial Graphic pointing at stage 5 of hybrid learning


Stage 5: Hybrid Learning

Student learning continues as in Stage 4, with an increase in the amount of in-person learning for students with greatest need.

Learning Model Status Dial Graphic pointing at stage 6 which is 100% in-person learning


Stage 6: In-Person Learning

All students and staff participate onsite with in-person instruction five days a week.