We continue to monitor COVID activity data published by Public Health - Seattle & King County. As of the time of this posting, King County continues to experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
We are committed to providing frequent updates and resources. We will share information through email and text, and post all new information within this web section.
We are planning for a return to in-person instruction, beginning March 1. Our plan is to bring students back for hybrid instruction (part-time in classrooms, part-time in distance learning).
Our plan follows state and local public health guidance to phase in small numbers of students, starting with elementary grades and students with special needs.
Public health authorities are not recommending a return to in-person instruction for middle and high school students yet.
Families who wish to continue in Distance Learning my opt to do so.
Why offer in-person instruction now?
- In a December 2020 survey, 67 percent of families responding said they want in-person learning for their student.
- The State Department of Health has updated its guidance, advising schools to begin reopening schools for elementary grades and students with special needs.
- Public Health - Seattle & King County has announced its support of efforts to reopen local schools.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to encourage schools to reopen.
- We have had students with special needs in person since November and have had no transmission of the virus in school.
- Schools in other areas that are offering hybrid instruction have found that virus transmission in schools is no higher than in the community.
Learn more about our Distance Learning program for 2020-21.
Learning Platforms & Communication Tools
For the 2020-21 school year, learning platforms have been streamlined. The learning platform for elementary is SeeSaw. The secondary learning platform is Google Classroom. Live instruction (synchronous learning) will take place through Zoom.
Here is more information about each platform, along with videos on how to use them.
Please see the family update for January 14 that includes information about Online Enrollment for kindergarten and the Washington State Food Security Survey.
Here are some important dates regarding our free meal program during Distance Learning. Please note, weekly meal kit pickup days have moved from Mondays to Wednesdays.
Join us for one of our family information sessions on January 14 to learn details on elementary students returning to in-person learning. Both sessions will contain the same information.
Please take a moment to read through an update about planning for in-person learning and take a short survey if you have an elementary student.
We have compiled a list of community resources for families including support for rent, utilities, food, mental health, healthcare, technology and more.
The Highline Schools Foundation accepts donations to help Highline families in need with internet access, groceries, basic school supplies and more.
Contact our Communications Office.