COVID-19: Information for Schools

Connecting staff and families to the information they need

Students are returning to the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year at the direction of Governor Inslee, the Secretary of Health, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Following recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, they have determined that all students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person full time (five days per week) in the 2021–22 school year. The role of the Whatcom County Health Department is to help public and private schools keep students safe and support learning.

The guidance in place for the current school year includes:

Students, families and school staff can also find up-to-date information on our website, the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC.

Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

Those ages 5 and older are now eligible for vaccination. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for those ages 18 and older. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available to those ages 5 to 17. Those ages 16 and older are now also eligible for booster doses.

Find vaccine information here.

Helpful tools for schools

Letter Templates

Model and encourage healthy habits

We can all take these steps to safeguard our health.

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Get your flu shot annually.

Other Resources

Continue to review and update your emergency operations plan

As you continue to refine your plan, these tools can help:

Include this information in the plan:

  • Contact information for the Health Department.
  • Options for virtual learning or a plan to make up days if your school closes.
  • Process for sharing information with students and families.

Help reduce the COVID-19 stigma

Worry and misunderstanding can create fear and mistrust toward people. Disease doesn’t discriminate against race, nationality, or ethnicity and neither should we. Use these resources to help reduce social stigmas: