Governor Inslee’s Proclamation Children and Youth Mental Health CrisisPDF download states, "By April 19, 2021, all school districts must offer at least 30% of average weekly instructional hours as on-campus, in-person instruction for all K-12 students who wish to attend in-person.”
Families choose whether to opt for in-person instruction or continue in distance learning.
Hybrid Start Dates
- November: Students in our Integrated Learning Center (ILC) and Community Based Services (CBS) programs receive in-person instruction four days a week.
- March 11: Pre-K, kindergarten, grade 1 and students served in Intensive Academic Center (IAC) K-12.
- March 22: Grades 2 and 3
- April 1: Grades 4 and 5
- April 19: - Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
support for in-person instruction
- The Washington State Department of Health guidance states that small groups of students can safely be taught in person with safety protocols in place when COVID rates are above 350 cases per 100,000 residents.
- Public Health Seattle & King County has provided clear guidance for minimizing the spread of COVID in schools.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to encourage schools to reopen.
- Schools in other areas that are offering hybrid instruction have found that virus transmission in schools is no higher than in the community.
We value our Highline employees, and the safety of our staff is a priority. We will follow public health guidelines for everyone’s health and safety.
All staff will receive training in COVID safety protocols and use of PPE. All required PPE will be provided to staff, based on their specific duties. All staff and students will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
COVID vaccines are not mandatory, but are encouraged. Vaccination opportunities are continually updated here and shared in Highline Insider every Friday.
Leaves and accommodations
If you have a health condition or other risk factor that limits your ability to return to your worksite, please contact HR to apply for an accommodation or a leave.
To learn about qualifying for an accommodation or leave, see Understanding Scenarios for Leave During COVID-19 Pandemic.
We have compiled a list of community resources for families including support for rent, utilities, food, mental health, healthcare, technology and more.
As information develops, we are sharing the information with families through email, text and on our district website.
The Highline Schools Foundation accepts donations to help Highline families in need with internet access, groceries, basic school supplies and more.
Click on the link and then it will show up on your Canvas dashboard.
This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the following webpages:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Washington Department of Health (DOH), Coronavirus School Resources and Recommendations
- Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Please remind your student of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable diseases:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. See our guidelines for when to stay home.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.