Rights & Responsibilities
Why have the rights changed?
We have updated the Rights & Responsibilities to reflect an update to our strategic plan and changes in state rules that govern student discipline, including suspensions and expulsions. The state’s new rules limit the types of behavior for which students can be suspended or expelled. The new rules also change the process for appealing school discipline.
We hope that this new page will be easier for families and staff to navigate and that you will be better able to find the information you need.
In Highline Public Schools, we embrace high expectations for all students in academic achievement and conduct. All of us — superintendent and principals, teachers and staff, families and students, the Highline community — have a shared responsibility to educate our students. We believe that all students can be successful when they know and understand these expectations.
This document outlines the rights and the responsibilities for all members of the Highline Public Schools community. It serves as a reference for students, families and schools as we work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff and to maintain a positive learning environment.
Together, we can support all of our students so that every student is successful.
The primary responsibility of the Highline School District is to ensure every student is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose. Eliminating racism, racial inequities, and institutional bias will increase achievement and graduation rates for all students, while narrowing the achievement and opportunity gaps between the highest and lowest performing students. Our strategic plan is the district’s primary equity plan, and our foundation will enable us to meet our goals in every classroom and in every school:
We will disrupt institutional biases and end inequitable practices so all students have an equal chance at success.
We will reduce achievement and opportunity gaps by using culturally responsive, inclusive, standards-based instruction.
We will know our students by name, strength and need and have open, two-way communication with students, families, and community partners.
We will increase student success by supporting their social-emotional and academic needs.