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

Office Hours:

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

Family Action Committee


Families and schools working as partners to ensure every student graduates prepared for the future they choose.


Families working directly with the superintendent, bringing the family voice to district-level decision-making.


For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, this committee is charged with:

  1. Providing the superintendent and staff with strategies around effective family engagement practices.
  2. Providing input and feedback on school district policies and department strategies and practices.
  3. Holding the district accountable for strategic plan goals. District staff will report on specific metrics on a regular basis.

Committee Membership

The committee will be composed of up to 40 parents, guardians, and/or family members. To ensure the committee reflects the diverse population of Highline Public Schools, we will recruit family members who represent those who have traditionally been less involved in schools, including diversity in:

  • Ethnicity
  • Language
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Type of family (single parent, foster care, kinship)
  • Geographic locations (at least one rep from each service area)
  • Student programs (general education, inclusive education, ELL, highly capable, alternative, homeless, Native American Ed, etc.)
  • School level (at least one representative from each school level, preschool, elementary, middle and high)

Committee Member Qualifications

Must be a parent, family member or guardian of a Highline Public Schools student.

Committee Member Expectations

  1. Value and respect the diversity of Highline Public Schools.
  2. Work cooperatively and respectfully with committee members.
  3. Actively participate in Committee tasks.

Term of Committee and length of term

The Family Action Committee is a standing committee. The term of membership is two years. Members will serve from August 2019-August 2021.

Committee Support and Structure

The Family Action Committee members are appointed by the Superintendent. The Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer will be the Superintendent’s representative for the committee. Committee members will be offered training in leadership, advocacy, parent engagement best practices, team building and other pertinent topics identified by the group so that those who have typically not been involved in District and school-level committees will develop the skills to be effective team members and advocates.


Meetings will be held quarterly. Locations may rotate to schools across the district. Subcommittee meetings will be held in addition to quarterly meetings. A meal, child care, and interpretation will be provided, as necessary to facilitate the full participation of all committee members.

Committee Member Responsibilities and Commitment

Committee members are expected to commit to attending initial orientation/training and all advisory committee meetings. (Exceptions will be made for urgent and unforeseen conflicts.) The estimated time commitment is up to 6 hours per month, including meeting time.

Nomination/Appointment Process

Nominations for the committee will be sought via public notices, community partners, school staff and parent groups. Calls for nominations will be sent out via the website, school newsletters, bilingual family liaisons, flyers, email lists, etc. Nominations will be submitted to the superintendent, who will be the final appointing authority.

Committee Accomplishments

  • Co-developed the family engagement catalog
  • Nationally recognized family engagement video produced by the FAC.
  • Review and provide feedback on policies including equity, family engagement etc.
  • Co-developed district’s family engagement survey and vision