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The Anacortes School Board will begin holding its meetings in person, beginning this Thursday, due to changes in the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). 

The new restrictions require, in part, that districts limit capacity to 25 percent of the meeting space and also continue to provide a virtual attendance option. 

The school board will hold its meetings, both study sessions and evening business meetings, in Brodniak Auditorium at Anacortes High School (1600 20th Street) to allow for social distancing. Capacity of Brodniak at 25 percent is 175 people. In-person attendees must fill out a registration form to assist with contact tracing. Attendees are encouraged to do so in advance: School Board Pre-Registration Form (

“With our students and staff back in our buildings, we are so excited to also be able to meet in person,” said Board President Bobbilyn Hogge. “We are glad that the state amended their restrictions in the OPMA, and look forward to meeting with the appropriate safety measures in place.” 

All in-person attendees must wear face masks, socially distance from anyone not in their household, and attest that they do not currently have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Meetings will also be accessible via zoom. The public comment period will be accessible both in person and via zoom. Links can be found on individual meetings agendas on the board’s website:

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times