Snow, windstorms, earthquakes and power failures can cause disruptions for schools and families. During these difficult times, Highline Public Schools will do all it can to communicate vital information to parents and students. When emergency conditions result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the following plans:.
Snow, windstorms, earthquakes and power failures can cause disruptions for schools and families. During these difficult times, Highline Public Schools will do all it can to communicate vital information to parents and students. When emergency conditions result in school schedule changes, the district will use one of the following plans.
It is best to listen to the announcements instead of watching the message listed at the bottom of TV screens as it may not be the full message. Refer to the numbered items below. Depending on the situation, you may also receive an automated phone call from the district. You can sign up for text messages and emails at schoolreport.org.
REMEMBER: Announcements apply for that day only. When “LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION” is in effect, emergency bus stops will be used in both morning and afternoon unless a “change” announcement is made for the afternoon. If Highline Public Schools is not mentioned, then schools and buses will be operating normally.
Bulletins will also be announced on local radio and television stations. Please listen to the RADIO for the information (not the TV because TV is not always current) and please DO NOT CALL Transportation, the school building, district offices, or the radio stations. You are urged to continue listening throughout the day for possible changes which may necessitate that students be sent home early. If Highline schools are affected, announcements will state one of the following conditions:
1. “HIGHLINE SCHOOLS – LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION”
The “Emergency Bus Stops” will be in effect. Schools will be open at their regularly scheduled time UNLESS the message includes “One Hour Late” or “Two Hours Late”.
2. “HIGHLINE SCHOOLS – TWO HOURS LATE”
This means buses will begin their first route two hours late but at regularly scheduled stops UNLESS the message includes “LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION”. If we have a two-hour emergency late start, there will be no breakfast, no morning classes for preschool, kindergarten, ECEAP or PSSC, schools will be dismissed at their regular times. Afternoon classes for preschool, kindergarten, ECEAP and PSSC will be on time. If it is an early release Friday, the scheduled Kindergarten session will attend their extended session and be dismissed with the rest of their school regular school dismissal time. Early dismissal will be canceled.
3. “HIGHLINE SCHOOLS CLOSED”
This means that all Highline schools are closed for ALL regular and/or Special Program students, and NO transportation will be provided to other schools outside of our district even though they may be open for instruction that day. All scheduled activities and athletics are also canceled. District administrative offices will be open and administrators are expected to report to work as soon as safely possible. Employees should refer to the Human Resources memo on who is to report to work when there is a change in schedule or school closure.
4. “HIGHLINE SCHOOLS CLOSED – INCLUDING ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES”
This means that all Highline schools including administrative offices are closed. No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district. No employees will be expected to report to work, unless specifically notified by their supervisors.
When schools are CLOSED in the Highline School District, ALL meetings, activities, and athletics scheduled in school buildings for the entire day are canceled or postponed. If travel conditions become hazardous after school has been dismissed, cancellation of evening meetings and activities will be announced on radio and TV stations and at www.schoolreport.org.