Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166


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Families as SEL Experts

By Doug Judge, Director of Social-Emotional Learning

As we continue to support students during remote and hybrid learning across our system, our partnerships with families are more important than ever. Essential in these partnerships are the core beliefs of family engagement from our Family Engagement team. We view families as our students’ first and forever teachers of social-emotional learning (SEL). We have so much to learn from families about effective and culturally affirming practices.

In the past year, our families have partnered with us in student learning during the school day like never before. It is critical that we keep building trusting relationships, open communication and opportunities for families to continue to partner in their child’s learning. 

Use strengths-based language and be thoughtful about the deficit-based assumptions about our families underpinning phrases such as “learning loss.” If you’d like to learn more about this funds of knowledge approach, please visit our Funds of Knowledge Canvas course.

To support family partnerships around SEL, we have recently updated the Family Resources section of our family-facing SEL webpage. We urge you to share this link and resources with your families. New topics include:

  • Family Partnership Guiding Principles
  • At-Home Supports, including:
    • RULER Resources
    • Grief and Loss
    • Talking with children about uncertain times
    • Behavior supports
    • SEL lessons
  • Virtual calming tools:
    • Virtual calming room
    • Virtual self-soothing cards
    • Printable self-soothing cards (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali)

We welcome your feedback and input, please email

More Info

This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the following webpages:

Good Hygiene

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.