Committee on Allocating Resources Equitably (CARE)
Committee Charge: Provide guidance on how to spend a portion of COVID relief funds in Highline schools.
In alignment with our Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need, and our district commitment to meaningfully engage families and the community in decision-making processes, the requirements for maintaining our ESSER funds also ask the district to engage community input as we make investments.
In Fall 2021, 25 members of Highline’s community, including students, families, and staff, convened to create Highline’s first Committee for Allocating Resources Equitably (CARE). The committee generated recommendations for how the district should spend an allocation of COVID relief funds in Highline Public Schools. Over the course of four sessions, CARE brought forth four recommendations in consideration of:
- Supporting COVID-19 Response & Recovery: The proposals are related in some way to the Covid-19 pandemic and meet ESSER Allowable Uses, and are operationally feasible to implement effectively.
- Diversifying our Recovery Strategies: To better support all students, the committee collaborated with Highline staff to identify new investments and diversify our existing portfolio of recovery strategies, rather than duplicating existing strategies.
- Increasing School Supports Sustainability: ESSER funding concludes in 2023, so the proposals focus on investments that are sustainable (i.e. investing in goods, services and infrastructure).
- Recommendation #1: Strengthening Student Supports
- Recommendation #2: Aligning Student Supports & Special Education
- Recommendation #3: Supporting Students Through Play
- Recommendation #4: Amplifying Student Voice
Recommendation #1: Strengthening Student Supports
Recommendation #2: Aligning Student Supports & Special Education
Recommendation #3: Supporting Students Through Play
Recommendation #4: Amplifying Student Voice
Committee Member Expectations
- Value and respect the diversity of Highline Public Schools.
- Work cooperatively and respectfully with committee members.
- Actively participate in committee meetings and tasks.
CARE is composed of 25 members who are students, families and staff.
Committee Membership by Appointment
Committee Membership by Application
Committee Meeting Schedules
The committee met four times between September and December 2021. All meetings occurred between 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting schedule and materials are linked below.