Learning Model Status

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

Updated October 19, 2020

Learning Status Dial GraphicStage 3: Distance Learning for Most Students/Some In-Person Learning for Students with Greatest Need

Students in greatest need of additional support, as identified through an agreed upon set of criteria, 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

October 12, 2020 - Letter to the Whatcom County Superintendents from Dr. Greg Stern:

Dear Whatcom County School Superintendents:
This letter is an update to my previous one of August 31, 2020 on school operations and planning for COVID-19. Since then, there have been updates to Schools – Fall 2020-2021 Guidance (DOH, updated 9/2/20), and Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic (DOH, updated 9/15/20), and new guidelines issued by Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Return-to-Play Guidelines (10/6/20) and by OSPI/DOH/L&I Employer Health & Safety Requirements for School Scenarios (9/30/20).

The DOH Decision Tree describes three levels of community transmission, based on the 14-day case rate, the number of cases over 14 days per 100,000 people. These levels are low (75), with associated education modalities from remote learning, to hybrid (remote and in-person) instruction, to primarily in-person instruction, with consideration of in-person services/instruction for high-need students. The WIAA Return-to-Play Guidelines also describe permitted sport activities based on these three levels and community test positivity rates above or below 5%. Read the full 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.

Stage 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 GraphicStage 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 GraphicStage 3: Distance Learning for Most Students/Some In-Person Learning for Students with Greatest Need

Students in greatest need of additional support, as identified through an agreed upon set of criteria, 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 GraphicStage 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.

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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.

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Stage 6: In-Person Learning

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