Please read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about in-person hybrid learning.
Dear Highline Families,
This is an incredibly painful message for me to share. The proposal to begin in-person instruction on March 11 was not ratified by members of HEA, our teachers’ union, last night. We are working hard to reach an agreement with our teachers so that we can start in-person instruction on March 11.
I share the frustration and disappointment of our families and students who are counting on returning to in-person learning. I am deeply sorry you continue to be on an emotional rollercoaster that I wish I had the power to prevent.
While I understand the concerns our teachers and staff have about returning to buildings and the desire to wait for vaccinations, I also know how much we have invested in developing strong safety plans and protocols that have been effective in our schools since we welcomed students in our ILC program back in November. While we cannot promise a zero-risk environment, there are also real risks to our children from being away from school for so long. With data and public health guidance falling heavily on the side of reopening schools, we must prioritize the needs of our students and families.
Our Highline students deserve to be back in school like other students across our region, state and nation. I promise you that we will do everything in our power to resolve this situation so that we can welcome students back to schools. As always, we will keep you informed of our progress.
Again, I wish the outcome of last night’s vote had been different. Please know how sorry I am for the hurt and disappointment many of you are feeling right now.
What gives me hope, though, is the strength of our community. We have come together and overcome so much this past year, rest assured that we will soon see our school buildings open to students, staff and families.
Stay safe, strong and healthy.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D. | Superintendent | Highline Public Schools
Office: 206-631-3070 | firstname.lastname@example.org