Late start for Bellingham, other public schools to remain closed Tuesday


Schools in Bellingham will start two hours late Tuesday, Feb 25, but all other public schools in Whatcom County remain closed because of dangerous road conditions.

Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker and Nooksack school districts announced late Monday afternoon that schools will remain closed Tuesday, as will Lummi schools.

The delayed schedule in Bellingham means that schools begin at 9:45 a.m. for high schools, 11:15 a.m. for middle schools, and 10:30 a.m. for elementary schools. Both morning and afternoon preschool classes in Bellingham, including Head Start, are canceled.

Buses for the Bellingham School District will be on snow routes. For a list of those routes, go to

Among private schools, Bellingham Christian School will start late at 10:30 a.m. Assumption Catholic will start two hours late.

Bellingham Technical College's campus is closed until 10 a.m. Employees should report at their regularly scheduled times, using discretion based on driving conditions, school officials said.

Whatcom Community College also will not open until 10 a.m.; earlier classes are canceled. Employees should arrive on campus at 10 a.m. or their normal shift time, if it's later.

Western Washington University is open but campus officials advised students, faculty and staff to use their own discretion. Campus walkways and parking lots are being cleared, but students should stay on cleared walkways and avoid the Sehome arboretum, the school said in a statement.

All seven public school districts were shuttered Monday because of poor road conditions and severe weather. Most private schools also were closed Monday.

Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College were shut down Monday; Western Washington University started late on Monday, canceling all classes before 10 a.m.

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