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Governor Jay Inslee mandated that all K-12 schools in Washington State close for traditional, in-person learning due to COVID-19 in March 2020. This web page provides communication updates and resources for families during the pandemic.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Ferndale School District Information Update

A letter families from Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn sent Friday, April 2, 2021 with an information update.

Find previous communication update letters archived below the latest featured update.


Dear Ferndale Families,

I am writing to confirm that we are still on track to bring our secondary students back into classrooms in a hybrid model beginning on Monday, February 1.

I know this has been a hot topic in our community during the past week. The School Board and I have received 40 pages of emails and letters from parents and staff, and we have read and considered every word of every one of them. I know opinions about whether to reopen, the best way to reopen, and when to reopen differ, but ultimately we decided to move forward with the plan and timeline we have advertised since the week we returned from Winter Break. It is a plan based on an updated version of the hybrid model developed by the 80-member Reopening Task Force last summer, approved by the School Board on August 18, shared with all district staff and families on January 8, and reviewed and approved by Whatcom Health Department officials on January 15.

If you have middle or high school students intending to take advantage of the hybrid model (part in-person and part remote), I suspect you have questions about details. I want to tell you about three places you can get answers to your questions:

First, the principals in each of our secondary schools (Horizon, Vista, and Ferndale High School) have been and will continue to send out information specific to their buildings. Watch for news from your school.

Second, we have included a great deal of information in the reopening document that is posted on our district website at this link:

Third, we invite you to tune into our Every Thursday Facebook Live program at 4:00 pm on January 28, where our high school principals, district leaders, and I will be on the screen to provide information and answer questions. You can send your question in advance to or you can type them into Facebook during the program.

We are very excited to see our middle and high school students again, beginning on Monday, February 1 (for those in the AA cohort) or on Thursday, February 4 (for those in the BB cohort). Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

All my best,

Linda Quinn


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Archived Letters from Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn:

Week of August 10 - August 14

Week of August 3 - August 7

Week of July 27 - July 31

Week of July 13 - July 17

Week of June 29 - July 3

Week of June 15 - June 19

Week of June 8 - June 12

Week of June 1 - June 5

Week of May 18 - May 22

Week of May 10 - May 16

Week of May 3 - May 9

Week of April 26 - May 2

Week of April 19 - April 25

Week of April 12 - April 18

Week of April 5 - April 11

Week of March 29 - April 4

Week of March 22 - March 28

Week of March 15 - March 21

Week of March 8 - March 14

Week of March 1 - March 7

Week of February 23 - February 29