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Learning Model Status

Current Status

Stage 6: In-Person Learning
All students and staff participate onsite with in-person instruction five days a week.

 
        

 

 


              

Latest News from the Health Department

Letter from Dr. Greg Stern:

May 18, 2021
Dear Whatcom County School Superintendents,
On April 5, 2021 I last wrote to you regarding new CDC and DOH guidance changing the minimum distancing between students in most classroom settings from six feet to at least three feet when other layered prevention measures are in place. At that time, the Whatcom County 14-day case rate was 114, markedly reduced from the post-holiday surge in January.

On May 13, DOH issued a revision to its school guidelines, K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year. The new DOH document requires that schools follow the three-foot classroom distancing recommendations (six feet elsewhere) when feasible, but states that physical distancing recommendations should not prevent full-time in-person learning in the Fall. The mandatory measures that schools must take are detailed in the K-12 Requirements and include face coverings, ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting, and details of how schools will respond to cases of COVID19 and meet the reporting requirements to public health. 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.

Stage 1: 100 % Distance Learning
All students and staff participate in distance learning. School buildings are closed for access to everyone but essential workers.
 
Stage 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.)
 
Stage 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Stage 6: In-Person Learning
All students and staff participate onsite with in-person instruction five days a week.