Three staff of the mental health team

BPS increases mental health support as part of whole child approach

Substantial changes have taken place over the last 10 years related to how Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) supports the whole child. This includes restorative justice practices to minimize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and adopting and teaching social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum focused on teaching students social skills while building community. BPS also provides annual trainings…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

Alisson Bonner, counselor at Columbia Elementary School, is recognized with the Physical Activity Leadership Award from SHAPE America organization

Wellness and activity champion Alisson Bonner earns state recognition

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) has selected Columbia Elementary School counselor Alisson Bonner as the Physical Activity Leader (PAL) of the Year for 2020 in Washington state. According to the SHAPE announcement, “the PAL award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership within the PAL Learning System, embodies the Let’s Move! Active Schools spirit, and…

Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…