Updated: March 17 at 2:50 p.m.
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. As coronavirus continues to affect our region, we want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
Schools & Central Office Closed
In light of Governor Inslee’s admonition to work remotely, all school offices closed at noon and the district Central Office will close to the public on March 17. Staff are working remotely. You may contact staff via email or leave a voice message by phone.
We are committed to providing frequent updates on coronavirus and its impact on our schools. Please review our latest news updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have developed a series of frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. Please review the FAQs on our website.
Don't see an answer to your question? Contact the Communications Department.
We are committed to providing frequent updates and resources on coronavirus. Please check our coronavirus web section for the latest.
Guidance from Local, State & Federal Health Authorities
First and foremost, all our actions are guided by the local, state and federal health authorities who are the experts in keeping our communities safe from public health threats. We continue to monitor this guidance daily, as it is likely to change as this situation develops locally and across the globe.
Extra Precautions in Highline
Before we closed schools, we were taking extra precautions to limit the spread of germs by disinfecting school buses after each route and cafeterias between lunches. School custodians were instructed to wipe down commonly touched surfaces multiple times each day with disinfectant.
Staff was directed to be alert for students and staff who have a cough, fever and/or difficulty breathing and have recently returned from international locations where community spread is occurring or have had contact with someone being evaluated for COVId-19. If that situation arises, staff will:
- Keep the student away from others until they can be taken home by a family member. Staff will be sent home.
- Alert the school nurse or district health service office.
It is important to remember that nationality and ethnicity are not indicators of who may or may not be likely to be at risk. Misinformed assumptions only harm others and take the focus off best practices for preventing illness.
Good Hygiene Practices
Please remind your student of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable diseases:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. See our guidelines for when to stay home.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments. We will communicate updates via email and robocall, on the district website and on our social media platforms.
It is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a challenge like this one. The best thing for that is to be well informed and stay calm. Below are some resources to help you do that.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Washington Department of Health (DOH), Coronavirus School Resources and Recommendations
- Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Here are Public Health factsheets on COVID-19 in multiple languages.