Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rights & Responsibilities


In Highline Public Schools, we embrace high expectations for all our students in both academic achievement and in conduct. We all—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 website section 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 every student by name, strength and need, so that each graduates prepared for the future they choose.


In Highline…

  • We know our students and each other by name, strength and need.
  • Each of our students has the potential to attain success. All students can succeed when we maintain high expectations and work together to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Students will achieve personal and academic success when taught and nurtured by a community of highly skilled and caring professionals.
  • Students and their families have the right to the tools necessary to successfully navigate and participate in their education.
  • We give our students the necessary skills to be contributing members of society by teaching and demonstrating self-discipline and social responsibility.
  • We are always learning, and we are most successful when we think deeply and reflect on our actions.
  • The diversity of our community is an asset that has a positive impact on our learning and working environment.

Rights and Responsibilities for...

Each of us has rights and responsibilities as members of the Highline Public Schools community. The districtwide rights and responsibilities are outlined below; your school may have additional expectations.


Principals have the right to:

  • Work in an orderly and safe environment.
  • Be treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Receive cooperation from students and parents/guardians.
  • Receive direction, support and ongoing training from central office.
  • Set high expectations for implementing equitable discipline practices and quality academic standards.
  • Receive the cooperation and support of school staff in serving as the school’s educational leader.

Principals have the responsibility to:

  • Create a welcoming school environment for teachers, students and families.
  • Provide leadership with a focus on cultural competence; address racism among students and staff to ensure a culture of acceptance among the diverse groups within the school.
  • Maintain high expectations for all students.
  • Encourage student leadership that promotes the school’s expectations and culture.
  • Implement strategies to ensure a sense of shared leadership and community among school staff.
  • Model positive behavior, including practicing fairness and equity.
  • Provide leadership to ensure the full implementation of the schoolwide PBIS plan and response continuum as discussed in the ‘Student Conduct’ section.
  • Consistently support improved teaching practices and ensure staff have valuable, ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure that school staff, students and families know how to bring forward concerns and suggestions; and ensure that a process exists for responding to them.
  • Ensure that students are referred to the appropriate committees, departments, offices, divisions, agencies and organizations when outside support is necessary.
  • Provide positive feedback to students and staff and consult with families of students who are conducting themselves in a manner contrary to the policy and school expectations.


Staff have the right to:

  • Work in an orderly and safe environment.
  • Be treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Receive cooperation from students and parents/guardians.
  • Feel safe, engaged and continuously supported with professional development as successful and culturally responsive educators.
  • Receive the necessary resources to deliver quality instruction.

Staff have the responsibility to:

  • Play a role in creating a culturally accepting environment by being responsive to sharing their culture and learning about other cultures in the school community.
  • Model professional standards of behavior, including ensuring that interaction with students is respectful and caring.
  • Maintain high expectations for all students.
  • Attend work daily, be punctual and use well-planned, creative and engaging instructional plans every day.
  • Engage students in defining classroom-specific expectations and rules that elaborate on the District and school expectations.
  • Teach expectations early each school year and review them with students throughout the school year, including an orientation process for new students.
  • Collaborate with their teams and the full staff in developing and implementing school and classroom plans.
  • Utilize responses that address the needs of the student who do not meet student conduct expectations, those people directly affected by the behavior, and the school community.
  • Communicate regularly with the families of their students.
  • Identify students who are struggling with academic, attendance, or behavior issues and participate in problem-solving to resolve those issues.
  • Provide makeup work for students with excused absences, including those students who are absent for disciplinary reasons.


Families have the right to:

  • Send their students to an orderly and safe school environment.
  • Be treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Be informed of their child’s academic progress, attendance and behavior concerns in a timely manner. 
  • Participate in problem-solving discussions about their child and the expectations of their school as the expert on their child’s needs.
  • Receive information from school staff about ways to improve their children’s academic or behavioral progress including, but not limited to: counseling, tutoring, after-school programs, academic programs and mental health services.
  • Schedule conferences or classroom visits with teachers, principals and other school staff.
  • Bring concerns to the attention of school authorities.
  • Challenge disciplinary action through the grievance or due process procedures outlined in this document.
  • Receive translation and interpretation services.

Families have the responsibility to:

  • Encourage their students to understand their culture and learn about other cultures.
  • Model positive, respectful and appropriate school behavior by treating school personnel and others with professional etiquette.
  • Hold their students to high standards of achievement and conduct; encourage and praise their student’s accomplishments.
  • Ensure their children attend school daily, on time and ready to learn.
  • Take responsibility for the behavior of their students as determined by law, community practice, and school expectations.
  • Provide their children a space to complete their homework or allow participation in after-school programs that permit the completion of homework.
  • Report and discuss any student behavior concerns or needs with a staff member and/or administrator; participate in problem-solving for their students and the school.
  • Follow up on discipline reports by discussing the incident with their child and focusing on how to make good choices.
  • Provide school with written explanations for student absences or tardiness and attend parent conferences.
  • Provide updated contact information in a timely manner.


Students have the right to:

  • An orderly and safe learning environment.
  • Courtesy and respectful treatment.
  • A quality education with clear, challenging learning goals.
  • Positive behavior reinforcement and appropriate correction when conduct does not meet expectations.
  • Equal access to classes, services and extracurricular activities.
  • Equal treatment in the enforcement of school rules and due process.
  • Help in the classroom and support from the school as a whole.
  • The opportunity to reconcile a wrong and a second chance to exhibit appropriate behavior.

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Model positive behavior and be active leaders of school culture.
  • Treat teachers, administrators, staff, other students, themselves and property with respect.
  • Take responsibility for their learning and behavior and hold themselves to high standards of achievement and conduct.
  • Follow school and classroom expectations and rules.
  • Come to school every day, on time, and ready to learn as participating members of the school community.
  • Comply with appropriate requests from school staff.
  • Participate in problem-solving of individual and school concerns.
  • Report serious violations of safety and security to a teacher or other adult at school.
  • Practice self-discipline.