School Closed March 16-April 24

Posted on 03/13/2020

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update – Lynden Schools closed March 16 to at least April 24.

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Dear Lynden Families and Staff,

Over the past few days, the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID -19) has caused significant impact to communities and regions.  State public health agencies and our county health department have issued recommendations aimed at slowing the spread by enacting social distancing regulations such as canceling gatherings with large numbers of people.

Today the Whatcom County Health Department is extending this recommendation to include closing schools.  The recommendation to close schools is the attempt to further slow the spread of the virus by extending the limitation of large gatherings.

Based on this recommendation Lynden Schools will be closed beginning March 16 through at least April 24.  For the immediate future this will include all school activities, clubs, and extracurricular athletics. We will review programs and activities in relationship to the extended recommendations of the WCHD.

This is certainly not a decision that is easy and is a difficult step which will disrupt life in very significant ways.  We are grateful to all our families and staff for navigating this difficult situation together.

Over the next few days, we will be finalizing ways to continue with some level of food and nutrition programs, and the possibility of providing learning opportunities and day care.  We certainly don’t want to lose 6 weeks of academic progress but have some hurdles to address especially around ensuring all students have access to learning.  

It is our goal to support families as much as possible while practicing the social distancing and limitations on large group gatherings that the health department has recommended.

I know there are and will be many questions about how to navigate this unprecedented circumstance.  And while we have been working on plans, implementing them on a large scale will take a few days to iron out the details and communicate a path forward. 

We will take this one step at a time so please stay tuned for more information and updates.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

I truly believe that it is the tough times that bind us together.  We have such great kids, families, and staff that I know together we will figure out how to make the best of this situation.  It is a privilege to serve the students and families in Lynden and I am sure we will all rise to the occasion.

Please stay tuned for future information and updates

 

Sincerely,

 

Jim