Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Highline schools will be closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Central Office will remain open and fully staffed through March 20.
OSPI has stated that all staff will be paid during the closure. The expectation is that staff will continue to work, though specific duties and worksites may vary over the next few weeks.
This memo outlines our expectations through March 20, 2020. These assignments will allow us to plan an orderly transition and continue services our families depend on, such as school meals.
We will provide weekly expectations via email and on the Staff Hub; please read your email daily to remain up to date on this changing situation.
Reporting Expectations March 16 – March 20
|Position||Location to Report||Essential Duties|
|Principals||School||Lead the orderly transition of building operations i.e., assist families in picking up student medications and staff in picking up devices or teaching files.|
Continued essential functions, i.e., checking and responding to community and staff email inquiries.
Assist with the orderly transition of building operations, i.e., make arrangements for mail processing and phone calls.
|Nurses (LPN & RN) and Social Workers||Central Office||Duties as assigned to assist with orderly transition, i.e., planning, supporting families, supporting the pick-up of student medications.|
|Custodians||School||Cleaning duties as assigned.|
|Nutrition Services Staff||School (unless otherwise instructed)||Duties as assigned, i.e., completing necessary training, preparing and distributing food for students.|
|Security||Security (Woodside)||Duties as assigned, i.e., completing necessary training and planning.|
|Maintenance and Grounds||MOT||Duties as assigned, i.e., completing necessary training, and current projects|
|Central Office Staff (including Central Office Specialists, HEA)||Central Office||
Maintain essential business operations and duties as assigned.
For Central Office Specialists: duties as assigned, to include supporting student access to learning and planning.
Expectations beginning March 16
As permanent staff will be paid during school closure, there will be expectations for continued professional duties and responsibilities during days that will not be made up (see below.)
Substitutes (both Certificated and Classified)
Guest certificated and classified employees are not permanent staff. All long term assignments are suspended until further notice. Daily assignments will not be available until further notice.
Certificated Teachers and ESAs under Contract
Except as outlined above, HEA represented staff should not report to their worksite when schools are closed. In agreement with the HEA, school-based teachers and ESAs should not work on March 16, 17, or 18, as these days, in all likelihood, will be made up June 17, 18, and 19.
Certificated nurses, social workers and Central Office specialists who work--or are on approved leave--March 16-18 (as noted in table above ) will be excused from working on three other days (to be determined.)
More details related to professional responsibilities during closure will be communicated via email before March 19.
Teamsters 3 Paraeducators & Specialists
Professional responsibilities include continuing to check district communications and complete ongoing professional growth and development, especially related to the Paraeducator Certificate Program (“ParaCert”). Staff may be requested to perform other duties, to be determined. T3-represented staff (except those employed at Central Office) need not report to work through March 20.
Teamsters 3 Technicians & Non-Essential Office Support
Professional responsibilities include continuing to check district communications. T3-represented staff (except those employed at Central Office) need not report to work through March 20.
Further expectations will be communicated via email before March 19.
Non-represented Professional Technical and Executive Assistants
Job responsibilities in these categories vary widely and lend themselves to working remotely. Work with your supervisor to make arrangements for remote work.
Bus Drivers and Monitors
Do not report to work unless requested by your supervisor.
If you have questions, ask your supervisor or contact Human Resources:
- HEA related: Chris Larsen (Christina.Larsen@highlineschools.org) or Steve Grubb (Steve.Grubb@highlineschools.org)
- Classified: Chris Larsen (Christina.Larsen@highlineschools.org) or Steve Grubb (Steve.Grubb@highlineschools.org)
- Administration: Steve Grubb (Steve.Grubb@highlineschools.org)
- Other: Steve Grubb (Steve.Grubb@highlineschools.org)