When inclement weather poses a threat, the YMCA may adjust or cancel scheduled hours of operation, programs and/or special events. If such circumstances occur, please check with the following for additional information. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

  • Mobile App Notifications: Search “Whatcom Family YMCA”
  • Push Notifications from our Mobile APP (please have "General and Schedules" checked to receive these notifications)
  • YMCA Phone Numbers
    • Bellingham YMCA:  360-733-8630
    • Ferndale YMCA:  360-380-4911
    • Lynden YMCA:   360-354-5000
    • Downtown Early Learning Center:  360-733-8630
    • Barkley Early Learning Center:  360-714-0450

SilverSneakers, Pedaling for Parkinson's & Water Fitness Inclement Weather Policy

If the local school district is late arrival or closed due to inclement weather ALL SilverSneakers, Senior Strength & Stretch, Water fitness, and Pedaling for Parkinson's programming will be cancelled. If no school is scheduled (winter break, etc), we will post decision by 6:00am.

 

Bellingham School District Late Arrival or Closed: 

No Bellingham YMCA SilverSneakers, Pedaling for Parkinson's & Water Fitness

 

Ferndale School District Late Arrival or Closed: 

No Ferndale YMCA SilverSneakers & Pedaling for Parkinson's

 

Lynden School District Late Arrival or Closed: 

No Lynden YMCA SilverSneakers, Pedaling for Parkinson's & Water Fitness

Youth Program Inclement Weather Policy

If the local school district is closed due to inclement weather ALL youth programs will be cancelled (swim lessons, youth sports, swim team, climbing, gymnastics/dance). If a weekend or no school is scheduled (winter break, etc), we will post decision by 6:00am.

If schools are running on late arrival please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages to determine if classes will be held.

Bellingham School District Closed: 

No Bellingham YMCA swim lessons, swim team, youth sports, climbing, gymnastics/dance, Girls on the Run or Trail Blazers programs.

 

Ferndale School District Closed: 

No Ferndale YMCA swim lessons, youth sports, gymnastics/dance, Girls on the Run or Trail Blazers programs.

 

Lynden School District Closed: 

No Lynden YMCA swim lessons, swim team, youth sports, gymnastics/dance, Girls on the Run or Trail Blazers programs.

 

Please note that Childcare programs have a different inclement weather policy.

Early Learning Inclement Weather Policy

We make every attempt to provide care during periods of inclement weather. Our first concern is the safety of the children in our care and staff safely arriving to work. If no school is scheduled (winter break, etc), we will post decision by 6:00am.

Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook and KGMI radio for the most up-to-date information. Download our mobile app to receive Push Notifications of any closures or late openings due to inclement weather.

Please be sure we have your current email and cell number on file to insure we can provide adequate communication during any weather event.

Downtown Early Learning Center

If Bellingham Schools are Closed or on Late Arrival:

We will open 2 hours late (8:30am) and will close early (4:30pm). Please plan on an early pickup on snow days.  If we decide to stay open until 6p, we will notify you of this decision, otherwise your children will need to be picked up by 4:30pm.

If it is a non-school day, we will use our best judgement to determine late openings or closures. If the weather is deemed treacherous, we will close the center for the day or possibly close early to allow children to be picked up before the roads get worse.  

 

If we are trying to open on time when it is snowy/icy mornings, please be patient with staff as they attempt to get to the center as close to our opening time as possible. We have a majority of our staff coming in from various areas in the county that may have very different weather than Bellingham.

Barkley Early Learning Center

If Bellingham Schools are Closed or on Late Arrival:

We will open 2 hours late (8:30am) and will close early (4:30pm). Please plan on an early pickup on snow days.  If we decide to stay open until 6p, we will notify you of this decision, otherwise your children will need to be picked up by 4:30pm.

If it is a non-school day, we will use our best judgement to determine late openings or closures. If the weather is deemed treacherous, we will close the center for the day or possibly close early to allow children to be picked up before the roads get worse. 

  

If we are trying to open on time when it is snowy/icy mornings, please be patient with staff as they attempt to get to the center as close to our opening time as possible. We have a majority of our staff coming in from various areas in the county that may have very different weather than Bellingham.

School Age Inclement Weather Policy

We make every attempt to provide care during periods of inclement weather. Our first concern is the safety of the children in our care and staff safely arriving to work. Decisions on care are made on a day-to-day basis based on conditions. If no school is scheduled (winter break, etc), we will post decision by 6:00am.

Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook and KGMI radio for the most up-to-date information. Download our mobile app to receive Push Notifications of any closures or late openings due to inclement weather.

Y's Kids Bellingham Before & After School Care

Bellingham Schools:

If Bellingham Public Schools are Closed, YMCA Before and After School Programs will be cancelled. If Bellingham Schools are closed as well, Y’s Kids Snow Days can be utilized.


If Bellingham Public Schools are on delayed start, we will start AT LEAST 1 hour late provided staff can arrive safely. Program closure is possible. Please have a BACK UP plan for your child.


Program closure is also possible once the school day or the After School program has started. In the event of prolonged electrical outage or in the absence of running water at your child’s school location, the Y after school program may be forced to close, as per Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) policy. In this case, we would contact you to come and pick up your child. The safety of our staff is also of the utmost importance so please have a BACK UP PLAN for alternate care for your child.

Y's Kids Ferndale Before & After School Care

Ferndale Schools:

If Ferndale Schools are Closed, YMCA Before and After School Programs will be cancelled. If Bellingham Schools are closed as well, Y’s Kids Snow Days can be utilized.


If Ferndale Schools are on delayed start, we will start AT LEAST 1 hour late provided staff can arrive safely. Program closure is possible. Please have a BACK UP plan for your child.


Program closure is also possible once the school day or the After School program has started. In the event of prolonged electrical outage or in the absence of running water at your child’s school location, the Y after school program may be forced to close, as per Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) policy. In this case, we would contact you to come and pick up your child. The safety of our staff is also of the utmost importance so please have a BACK UP PLAN for alternate care for your child.
 

County Schools Adventure Club

Meridian / Nooksack Schools:

If Meridian or Nooksack Valley Schools are Closed: Adventure Club will be cancelled. If Bellingham Schools are closed as well, Y’s Kids Snow Days can be utilized.

 

Program closure is also possible once the school day or the After School program has started. In the event of deteriorating road conditions, prolonged electrical outage or in the absence of running water at your child’s school location, Adventure Club may be forced to close. In this case, we would contact you to come and pick up your child. The safety of our staff is also of the utmost importance so please have a BACK UP PLAN for alternate care for your child.

Y's Kids Snow Days

In the event that Bellingham Public Schools are closed due to severe weather, the Y opens its doors for care whenever possible and until we fill to capacity. Opening hours may vary depending on staff availability, but we will make every attempt to open by 7:00 am. Programs run until 6:00 pm. Separate payment for the day required. If your child is in After School Enrichment, you will still be asked to pay the Enrichment Day rate for an Inclement Weather Day and credit for the school day will be directed to your June bill, when the school district assigns the snow make up days. Credit for State waiver days will not be available.