By Gaye Bungart and Darren Spencer, Directors of Special Education
On November 9, approximately 180 students, served in Integrated Learning Centers (ILC) and Community Based Services (CBS), returned to schools for in-person learning. Families were able to choose to have their students to attend in person or remain in distance learning. This group of students was prioritized because they have had the most difficulty engaging with school staff over Zoom due to the nature of their disabilities, and these students experienced profound challenges to participating in online learning even with support at home.
Central Office and school leaders worked diligently to make certain PPE, protocols and safety plans were in place. Teachers prepared their classrooms and materials to provide instruction to their students. Students were welcomed with excitement by school teams. While this work comes with opportunities for improvement, students are glad to be back.
The commitment to these students has been exemplary and reminds us that each student in Highline is a valued part of our school community. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this happen!