Change in State’s Distancing Requirements in Schools
Governor Inslee has announced that schools now have the option to use three-foot distancing between students rather than six feet. This change may not apply to middle and high school students who rotate between classes during the school day, depending on community transmission levels.
We do not plan to change our Highline distancing standard this spring. Our families have made a choice to opt into in-person learning based on a plan that specifies six-foot distancing. We recognize that not all families will be comfortable with this sudden change. We do not feel it is fair to our families to change the parameters now. We will maintain six-foot distancing in our schools.
The Governor said that for summer and fall, schools will no longer have the option of using the six-foot minimum between students. As long as the downward trend in cases continues and a majority of our state’s adult population has received their COVID vaccine, schools will be expected to place students closer together.
The safety of our staff and our students is our priority.
Our safety expectations and plan are based on current guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies. Each layer of protection keeps us safer.
SEL Resources for Families
Our Social Emotional Learning team has put together multiple resources for you to support your student and their learning at home.
Gold Star Breakfast
The Highline Schools Foundation’s annual Gold Star Fundraising Breakfast on Friday, April 2 at 8:00 a.m. is going virtual this year.
Their goal is to raise $100,000 for programs and activities that support Highline Public Schools’ priorities. Join the Foundation–and spread the word to others–for a live streaming event that highlights how the community came together to support students, educators and staff through the pandemic crisis that started just over a year ago. They’ll also celebrate the seven 2021 Gold Star Award winners.
In years past, when this was an in-person fundraiser and space was limited, and attendees were asked to consider a gift of $225 or more, but now in this virtual world, the more the merrier. A gift of any amount is welcome and appreciated.
To register (which is free), please visit the Highline Schools Foundation website.