Learning Model Status

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

Updated October 19, 2020

Learning 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.    
                       

Latest News from the Health Department

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. Read the full letter (PDF)

 

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.