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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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Staff Update: Fall 2020 Preview

Read this all-staff message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about planning for fall 2020.


Susan Enfield

Hello Everyone.

I am incredibly grateful for your dedication, persistence and generosity this spring as you have continued to deliver on our Highline Promise under extraordinary circumstances.

As we approach the end of the school year, I know the question on everyone’s mind is,what will fall look like? The answer is, we don’t know yet. What we do know now is that we have to be ready for a range of scenarios, from reopening schools to continuing distance learning. 

State and federal public health authorities will determine when and to what extent schools can reopen. Based on what we are hearing now, it is likely that we will need to develop a hybrid model for the fall that combines some in-person instruction with distance learning.  

We are beginning to plan for a variety of options in collaboration with HEA and Teamsters. We are forming workgroups with representatives from every level of the system to think through these areas:

  • Whole Child Supports
  • Academics
  • Distance Learning
  • Staff Supports
  • School Operations 

As we plan for this fall, we are also taking the opportunity to learn from this disruption. While distance learning has been challenging for some, other students are thriving. We are thinking about how we can incorporate new learning models and innovations that engage students by their individual strengths and needs. We are asking, how can schools be better and more equitable than before? 

We will need to draw on your experience and expertise, so look for opportunities to give input via Thoughtexchange, virtual listening sessions, and surveys. We will also involve families because we cannot make changes that work for students without them.

In planning for next fall and beyond, we remain grounded in our promise and the foundation of our strategic plan: Equity, Relationships, Instruction, and Support. Our plans will prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff, focus on our collective and individual social-emotional wellbeing, and accelerate learning for all students.

Within every struggle is the opportunity for growth. If anyone can come through this pandemic stronger than before, we can, because We Are Highline.

Susan