A week ago, Superintendent Enfield announced that our schools would remain in distance learning through the end of the first semester on January 28--with the exception of students with the most profound special needs.
Here are the latest updates for staff on coronavirus and its impact on our schools.
Remember the Tech Levy Town Hall is October 12, and the Family Webinar Update on Learning is October 15. Zoom links included.
Superintendent Susan Enfield gives an update on Distance Learning. "After much careful deliberation, the board and I have made the decision that Highline will remain in full distance learning for the first semester of this year."
There will be an optional staff webinar on Monday, October 12 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. This webinar is a voluntary opportunity to hear updates and learn about our thinking and planning efforts in support of a future return to hybrid.
Highline is facing budget cuts for the current year because our revenue is down. Find out why.
Our plan to bring staff and students in ILC classrooms back to school buildings is on pause for now. We had targeted October 8 as a return date. Then we learned that guidance on PPE for staff could be changing. Updated guidance was issued earlier this week. We will keep staff and families informed.
We've had several Zoom bombings within the last week. We want to remind you of these steps to safeguard your meetings and class time.
You may have heard that a few school districts in other counties are starting to bring students back part-time in groups. This is possible in areas where COVID transmission rates are sufficiently low.
We are carefully watching COVID data in King County and working closely with Public Health. We will continue to prioritize the safety of staff and students.
We launched a Thoughtexchange for staff after the first week of school to learn what went well for you and where you need additional support. Your message came across loud and clear: you are working harder than you ever have before!
Teacher-librarian Karen Smith of Des Moines Elementary School needs to continue working from her home, rather than her classroom for her parent's sake. She shared some thoughts with us about Distance Learning this fall and the need for technology. Read her story here.
The City of Burien is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Comcast to connect up to 1,500 eligible Highline students in Burien with free internet for 12 months.
Help us continue to plan for fall by filling out a survey. Your answers will inform workforce planning efforts across Highline
Highline Schools Foundation is helping the district work to ensure that all families have access to broadband internet service when schools open this fall in full distance learning. Find out how to help.
Our second optional staff webinar will be this Wednesday, July 29. This webinar remains a voluntary opportunity to hear updates and learn about our current thinking as we plan to ‘Return to Learn’ in a fully distant model this fall. Please see below for your employee group times, as well as Zoom links for the corresponding webinars
I have been fiercely hoping to have our students back in our schools this fall because I recognize that physical connection is a significant part of knowing our students by name, strength and need.
Please read this all staff message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about fall 2020 planning.
Based on feedback from staff, students, families and leaders, as well as guidance from OSPI, we have selected learning platforms for our hybrid model, which includes in-person instruction and distance learning.
Take the Washington State Food Security Survey to help Washington state understand how COVID-19 has impacted food security.
To support our planning for reopening schools this fall, we need to better understand your needs as we shift from remote work to returning to school buildings. We have two upcoming opportunities for staff to learn more about our plans and to provide input.
Our statewide medical benefits program, SEBB, knows the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed your health care needs. That’s why they are offering you a limited open enrollment to make some changes to your SEBB benefits.
We are developing a draft plan for returning to school this fall. There are many details to work out. You are invited to share your thoughts and questions in this staff Thoughtexchange.
The Highline Affinity Group Committee is continuing to develop the identity-based affinity group program. We acknowledge our staff of color disproportionately carry the burden of equity work, and affinity groups provide a space for staff to connect and talk through shared practices and experiences.
The long pattern of racist violence in America directed at African Americans persists--brutally and tragically. As we collectively build an anti-racist Highline Public Schools system, we are reflecting on our own practices and how we can dismantle white supremacy culture. The SEL skills of adults and students, and the school culture and climate in which they are developed, have immense impacts on learning, wellness and safety. The guiding principles of SEL, grounded in the whole child movement, were adopted into standards by OSPI in 2019.
As district workgroups ramp up the difficult and detailed work of planning school in the fall, we want to hear from staff, students and families. What are your big concerns about returning to school? Join our Thoughtexchange conversation.
What type of strategy works best to help you manage your stress? For Maria Osses Watson, assistant principal at Hazel Valley Elementary, it’s breathing. Here’s Maria with this week’s wellness reflection.
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