Bellingham Public Schools students are back in classes and on new schedules Wednesday, with other Whatcom County students having a week or two more summer.
The schedule change also allows flexibility for more electives and course offerings at the high school level, which is needed given increasing graduation requirements.
This year, elementary students are in school 30 minutes earlier than last year, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 except Thursdays, when they’re out at 12:45.
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Middle schoolers still start their day at 9:15 a.m., finish at 3:45 p.m. and will have one Thursday early release a month.
High school students begin classes at 8:30 a.m. – 45 minutes than previous years – and are out at 3:15.
Most other schools districts in Whatcom County begin classes next week.
Blaine, Meridian and Nooksack Valley school district classes start Aug. 30. Lynden and Mount Baker school district classes start Aug. 31.
Lummi Nation School classes start Sept. 5. Ferndale School District classes start Sept. 6.
College students have a few more weeks until classes begin:
▪ Northwest Indian College, Sept. 18;
▪ Whatcom Community College, Sept. 19;
▪ Bellingham Technical College, Sept. 19;
▪ Western Washington University, Sept. 27.