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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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Tracking Remote Assignments

With elementary schools reopening for hybrid instruction, 476 elementary staff members requested remote assignments. Although the majority of our highest-risk employees received remote assignments, unfortunately, not all requests could be accommodated. Employees who did not get remote assignments are eligible for leaves.

"We in HR are profoundly aware of the impact these decisions have on individual employees, and we approached this process with the goal of getting to yes as often as possible," said Chief Talent Officer Steve Grubb. "We know a leave has a financial impact. Yet our schools must have the personnel they need to operate safely and effectively, and it is our job to make sure we can serve the families of our community."

HR staff reviewed all applications and prioritized them based on two primary criteria:

  1. What is the reason or level of risk named by the employee?
  2. Can the school meet its staffing and safety needs for the staff member's position and role?

Among elementary teachers who applied, the majority of those with the most urgent needs were assigned remote duties.

  • Employee with a high-risk condition: 90%
  • Employee caring for a high-risk household member: 80%
  • Employee with children impacted by school closure: 40%

Remote assignments were more difficult to grant for elementary paraeducators primarily because the nature of a paraeducator's job duties more often requires them to be in-person when students are physically at school.

  • Employee with a high-risk condition: 50%
  • Employee caring for a high-risk household member: 51%
  • Employee with children impacted by school closure: 35%

Here are the numbers overall.

  # of Requests % of Work Group % Approved
All Elementary Employees 476 43% 50.8%
Elementary Teachers 320 58% 53.8%
Elementary Paraeducators 122 31% 43.3%
Other Certificated (counselors, etc.) 30 36% 53.3%
Other Classified (office staff, etc.) 4 6% 50%

For accountability to our commitment to become an anti-racist organization, we tracked accommodations by groups that may be disproportionately impacted by returning to work on-site, 

Employee Group % Approved
Dual Language Staff 54.9%
Special Education Staff 29.8%
Elementary Teachers Identifying as BIPOC 58.7%
Elementary Paraeducators Identifying as BIPOC 47.1%

If you applied for a remote assignment and didn’t receive one, you may be eligible for an alternative leave option. You will find information about leave options in Part E of this document

Other questions about leaves or accommodations? Contact human.resources@highlineschools.org.