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Ferndale School District sign outside the administration building on Vista Drive (October 22, 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

Ferndale School District prepares to offer childcare for healthcare workers & 1st responders

FERNDALE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation to close all public and private schools in the state beginning March 17th through at least April 24th in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Following that proclamation Inslee noted to school employees, “this is not a vacation” and the Washington Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Chris Reykdal identified access to food and childcare as priorities.

We know our frontline health care workers and first responders are critical to slowing the spread of this virus within our communities. We also know they can’t always come to work if they do not have childcare. It is our expectation that districts will make accommodations to provide childcare for our health care and first responder families.

Washington Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Chris Reykdal (March 12, 2020)

Ferndale School District Superintendent Linda Quinn said in an message to families on Thursday, March 19th, the District was “moving forward with plans to offer childcare at one of our elementary facilities for children of Health Care Workers and Emergency Responders.”

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Beginning on Thursday, March 26, we expect to be open from 6:45 AM to 7:15 PM, Monday through Friday. Initially we will be able to serve children from 3-years-old through 5th grade. We will work hard to add grades 6 – 8 the following week. If you have not already done so, please help us with our planning by completing our childcare survey here. We will begin contacting families on Monday, March 23, to fill available slots.

Ferndale School District Superintendent Linda Quinn (March 19, 2020)

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