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

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

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

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Public Records

All records maintained by Highline Public Schools are available for public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. You are entitled to access public records, under reasonable conditions, and to copies of those records upon paying the costs of making the copy. In most cases, you do not have to explain why you want the records. However, specific information may be necessary to process your request. We may require information necessary to establish if disclosure would violate certain provisions of law.

The more precisely you can identify the record you seek, the more responsive we can be. Highline Public Schools provides access to existing public records in its possession; however, the district is not required to collect information or organize data to create a record not existing at the time of the request.

How Highline Public Schools Will Respond to Your Public Records Request

Governor Jay Inslee signed Proclamation 20-28 which temporarily suspends portions of the Public Records Act (PRA) to help stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Proclamation 20-28 is in effect from March 24 to midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. This information supersedes the normal process as outlined below: 

  • School districts must still respond to PRA requests during the COVID-19 disease outbreak. 
  • The proclamation suspends PRA language requiring districts to provide the public with an option to conduct PRA business at an agency office, in-person, such as in-person inspection of records or in-person submission of PRA requests.
  • The proclamation suspends the PRA requirement that district offices must be open for public inspection and copying of public records for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  Districts must still have their hours posted on their websites.
  • The proclamation suspends the PRA requirement that districts respond to PRA requests within five business days. 

Within five business days of receipt of the request (day one is the first working day after the request is received), the district will do one or more of the following:

  • Make the records available for inspection or copying; or 
  • Identify an internet location where the record can be accessed. Requesters who cannot access the internet may be provided hard copies or access to a district terminal to access the record; or 
  • If copies are requested and payment of a deposit for the copies, if any, is made or terms of payment are agreed upon, send the copies to the requester; or 
  • Provide a reasonable estimate of when records will be available; or 
  • If the requestor is unclear or does not sufficiently identify the requested records, the district may request clarification. The public records officer or designee may revise the estimate of when records will be available based on any clarification received; or 
  • Deny the request.

Costs for Public Records

A new fee schedule became effective on July 27, 2017.  Refer to the Public Records Request Fee Schedule for detailed information regarding the recent changes.

Customized service charge (in addition to fees for copies--see below) Actual Cost
Copies  
Photocopies, printed copies of electronic records when requested by the requestor, or for the use of district equipment to make photocopies 15 cents/page
Scanned records, or use of agency equipment for scanning 10 cents/page
Records uploaded to email, or cloud-based data storage service, or other means of electronic delivery 5 cents/each for electronic files or attachments
Records transmitted in electronic format or for use of district equipment to send records electronically 10 cents/gigabyte
Digital storage media or devices Actual Cost
Any container or envelope used to mail copies Actual Cost

How to Submit a Public Records Request

Use our Public Records Center to submit a public records request electronically and browse frequently asked questions. As of March 16, 2020 all new requests will be processed through the GovQA portal regardless of how the request was received.

OR print the public record request form and submit it by: 

Email

publicrecordsrequest@highlineschools.org

Please indicate on the subject line: Public Records Request along with your first & last name

U.S. Mail

Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Burien, WA 98166
Attn: Michelle Terry, Certified Public Records Officer

Fax

206-631-3393

In Person

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

Hours of Inspection

District records must be inspected at the Central Administration Building, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien. Public records are made available for inspection and copying during normal business hours of the district, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding District holidays.

The district may adopt modified business hours during June-August, at which times business hours will be 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or as published on the district website.

District offices will be CLOSED on holidays that are set forth on the calendar available on the district’s website, but normally include all state holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. District offices will be closed on July 3, 2020 in observance of the 4th of July and July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.

FERPA Email Requests

Request for emails, which are received with Request for Student Recorders under FERPA, will be fulfilled through the Public Records Request process.

Frequently Requested Documents