Highline Public Schools staff will strive to maintain effective two-way communication with the public. The board and staff will communicate the schools' performance and needs to the community and provide a means for community members to express their needs and expectations to the board and staff.
The superintendent or designee will establish and maintain a communication process within the school system and between it and the community. The communications program will include a district annual report, news releases at appropriate times, facilitation of news media coverage of district programs and events, and regular direct communication between individual schools and the community members they serve. The public information program will also assist staff in improving their skill and understanding in communicating with the public.
Community opinion may be solicited through parent organizations, parent-teacher conferences, open houses and other events or activities which may bring staff and community members together. Staff may develop questionnaires or other survey instruments to gather input from specific groups within the community or a representative sample of the community. The board may schedule its meetings at neighborhood schools. Representatives of the community shall serve on committees to provide input on issues facing the district.
The board is a nonpartisan public body and as such, shall not endorse political candidates. No district resources will be used to develop or disseminate materials endorsing or opposing a candidate or ballot measure except those activities and materials associated with and approved as a part of the district's curricula or consistent with an organization's lease or facilities use agreement.
The superintendent will identify staff with significant public information responsibilities and establish guidelines for their work. The guidelines will address such matters as authority for making releases and the nature and content of communication to families, staff and the community.
Staff Communications with the Public
Staff share the responsibility for communicating the district strategic plan, policies, programs, goals and objectives to members of the community. Staff will perform their roles to the best of their ability and communicate with members of the community, parents, students and other staff in a sincere, courteous and considerate manner. Staff will strive to develop and maintain cooperative school-community relations and to achieve the understanding and mutual respect that are essential to the success of students.
Confidential information about students or other staff will be released only as permitted by statute and district policies and procedures.
Collection of Disciplinary Data
Highline Public Schools will collect data on student disciplinary actions taken in each school, and the information will be available to the public on request. This information may not be personally identifiable and shall not include a student’s name, address or social security number or state or district identification number.
District Annual Report
An annual report addressing the activities of Highline Public Schools will be prepared by the superintendent or designee and will be shared with the community annually. The district is required to ensure awareness of and compliance with certain statutory requirements as specified in Policy 2106 (Program Compliance). When the district is not in compliance, such deviations will be incorporated into the annual report.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: May 1983
Revised by the Board: 11.03, 08.23