After February snow closed schools, here’s when Whatcom classes will end

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Students in Bellingham Public Schools will get an extra week of class to make up for seven snow days in February, district officials announced Wednesday, and other Whatcom County districts also have adjusted their calendars.

“Pending ‘snowmageddon — part deux,’ the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 20, and it will be an early dismissal day for all grades,” Superintendent Greg Baker said in an email.

Previously, the last day of school was June 14 for Bellingham.

Graduation schedules will be adjusted accordingly, Baker said.

Lynden School District

Lynden School District will make up its five missed days by adjusting its calendar, but the graduation day will remain June 7.

Superintendent Jim Frey said at the district’s website that classes will be extended one day to Friday, June 14.

“Given the number of days missed, the options outlined above were the least impactful and still managed to maintain a reasonable ending date that didn’t alter graduation,” Frey said.

Mount Baker School District

Mount Baker schools will make up its six snow days by adjusting its schedule of early releases and days off, making the last day of school June 14, Superintendent Mary Sewright said at the district website.

“And let’s hope for no more inclement weather this year,” Sewright said.

Nooksack Valley School District

In the Nooksack Valley School District, which canceled five days of school during the brutal storms of early February, officials are applying to the state for two waiver days allowed under the snow emergency.

Two days will be made up on Thursday and Friday, which had been designated make-up days, and the school year will be extended one day, said Lindsay Hicks, administrative assistant to Superintendent Mark Johnson.

“This tentative plan — also dependent on the potential need for further snow days — places the final day of school on June 14,” Hicks said in an email.

Ferndale School District

Ferndale School District has revised its remaining calendar after five missed days and two days with early releases or late starts in February, said Erin Vincent, communications and community engagement coordinator.

Last day of school is now June 19, and the district is applying for a state waiver for two missed days.

Blaine School District

Blaine Schools District lost five days to the wintry weather, said Tina Padilla in the superintendent’s office.

“Our current school calendar allows for an extension through June 18,” Padilla said in a voicemail.

School officials were seeking a state waiver for two of the missed days, she said.

At its website, the district said that make-up days would be June 14, 17 and 18.

No information was immediately available for Meridian Public Schools.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.