Returning Lynden Students to School Buildings

Lynden Schools has established an extensive set of procedures to ensure the safe and healthy return to in-school learning. Use the tabs across the top or scroll to see an At a Glance or a more in-depth A Closer Look viewing of Campus Procedures, Transportation, Food Services and Cleaning and Disinfecting.

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How these protocols were developed

Lynden Schools, in cooperation with the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC), Washington State Health Department, Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Whatcom County Health Department, created this series of procedures for Lynden Schools students and staff.

Guiding Principles

  • Keep ill individuals out of school buildings — students/staff to stay home for any level of sickness.
  • Cohorts — Conducting school activities in small groups minimizes student mixing.
  • Physical distancing — Minimize close contact (less than 6 feet) between individuals.
  • Hygiene — Frequent soap and water hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Protective equipment — Use of face coverings.
  • Cleaning — Frequent cleaning and disinfecting, especially high-touch surfaces

Campus Procedures

At a Glance

  • All students must go through a health screening daily before entering school buildings.
  • Students and staff with any illness must remain at home. Learn More
  • Students and staff are required to wear a face covering while inside a school building.
  • Classrooms will be set up to ensure physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will feature physical

A Closer Look

  • The daily health screenings will consist of a symptom check for fever (of 100.4 or above), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea as well as being asked if they have been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 case, if they have had a COVID-19 positive test in the past 10 days or been instructed by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate or self-quarantine in the past 14 days.

    Click here for a more detailed look at the daily health screenings.

  • Students K-5 must have parents conduct a temperature screen and symptom check daily. Parents can then place a sticker on the outside of a child’s clothing, easily visible by receiving school staff, showing a student has passed the at-home health screening.

  • Schools will conduct an additional temperature check before the student enters the school building.
  • Schools will provide the stickers for use with the home screening.
  • Students in grades 6-12 must review the daily health attestation (screening) questions and complete a verbal health attestation before entering the school campus.
  • Students will be allowed back to school after an illness such as the cold or flu once 10 days have passed or the student can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Face coverings must be worn within school buildings and may be removed when eating and drinking and when physically distanced outside. A mask break will be allowed outside or in a large, well-ventilated room. Physical distancing will still be used when face coverings are worn.
  • Students will be grouped into cohorts to limit the mixing of students.
  • All non-employee visitors must have a clear purpose for visiting, must sign in at the entry location and complete a health attestation.
  • Families are responsible for ensuring their student has a face covering each day. If a family does not have a face covering, contact your school.


At a Glance

  • Buses will feature assigned seating for contact tracing purposes.

  • Students from the same household or school cohort are encouraged to sit in the same area on the bus.
  • Face coverings are required on the bus.
  • In an effort to keep air fresh and flowing, windows will be opened as much as possible.
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged when possible.

A Closer Look

  • Staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the tops and back of seats.
  • All disinfectant sprays, wipes and cleaners are EPA registered and considered safe. For more details, look at the Cleaning and Disinfecting section.
  • The Lynden Schools bus garage uses a handheld electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to help kill germs, viruses and bacteria.
  • All previously established Bus Rules of Conduct remain in effect for student behavior.

Food Services

At a Glance

  • All meals are provided free.

  • Students will eat lunch with their cohort in a classroom.
  • School-provided food service will focus on prepared bagged lunches for easy portability and fewer contact points.
  • Lynden Schools will continue meal distribution for students in Option 2 and Option 3.

A Closer Look

  • Eating lunch within the student cohort minimizes contact across groups.

  • A brown-bag breakfast is available for students after entering the school building.

  • Hot food items will be kept warm in foil bags and placed in brown bags before being distributed to the students.
  • Lunches will be delivered to classrooms on a rack.
  • All staff will pass health attestation, engage in frequent hand washing, wear masks and gloves and use physical distancing during food prep.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

At a Glance

  • Lynden schools is implementing an enhanced cleaning and disinfecting program using best practices to help eliminate the spread of the COVID-19 virus within school buildings.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will be done several times per day in high traffic areas and multiple times a day in classrooms based on occupancy and use
  • Chemicals used have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency

A Closer Look

For Further Questions 

Please contact your building’s health lead or nursing staff.

Lynden High School
Health Lead
Ian Freeman  Principal

Nursing Staff
Jen Parker

Lynden Academy
Health Lead
Ellie Meenk  Principal

Nursing Staff
Kathy Dodson

Fisher Elementary
Health Lead
Courtney Ross  Principal

Nursing Staff
Theresa Odom

Lynden Preschool
Health Lead
Rebecca Morgan  Director of Special Education

Nursing Staff
Kathy Dodson

Health Lead
Mike McKee  Athletic Director

Athletic Trainer
Duane Korthuis Licensed Athletic Trainer

Lynden Middle School
Health Lead
Cyndi Selcho Assistant Principal

Nursing Staff
Aimee Speer

Bernice Vossbeck Elementary
Health Lead
Michelle Nilson  Principal

Nursing Staff
Shawna Hanson

Isom Elementary
Health Lead
Tim Doering  Principal

Nursing Staff
Kathy Dodson

District Leads
Health Lead
Tim Metz  Director of Student Services

Nursing Staff
Kathy Dodson  BSN, RN, Head Nurse