The holiday season and the dark winter months that follow can be a difficult time for many people. This year, isolation due to the pandemic may intensify the depression or sadness people may already be feeling.
Here are the latest updates on coronavirus and its impact on our schools.
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.
Read the Family Update for November 17. See interactive meals delivery map, remember to pre-order meals, share your opinion in our meal survey, plus learn what to expect with grading & report cards.
Please take a look at the November 3 family update that includes information about meals and loss of learning.
We shared information about seven topics in this family update.
School meals are a convenient and healthy option for all families during Distance Learning. We have FREE meals available for ALL children 18 and younger. Check out a message from Superintendent Enfield about the importance of sharing this information with families.
Highline teachers and staff are working harder than ever. Our students are connected and learning from home. In spite of all the challenges the coronavirus has thrown our way, we are determined to keep on teaching and learning.
See a message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about distance learning.
Superintendent Susan Enfield gives an update on Distance Learning. "After much careful deliberation, the board and I have made the decision that Highline will remain in full distance learning for the first semester of this year."
Learn what our Nov. 3 technology levy on election ballots will fund, if approved, and remember to submit communications feedback by Friday, October 9.
Check out today’s family message that includes information on upcoming webinars, a tech levy town hall and Instruction on Race and Identity.
Check out the family update for October 2 that includes information on attendance, student insurance and a scholarship for technology camp.
Check out the family update for October 1 that includes information on expanded meal kits, a new testing site and a two-minute communications survey.
This family update includes a report back on our latest Thoughtexchange and information on our tech levy.
Check out the family update for September 22 that includes virtual preschool, registering to vote and our Language Arts Committee.
We have multiple communication platforms teachers are able to use to reach out to you. Your student’s teacher will let you know how they will be communicating with you. Please see the tools below and watch this short video on where to find this information on our website
Teacher-librarian Karen Smith of Des Moines Elementary School needs to continue working from her home, rather than her classroom for her parent's sake. She shared some thoughts with us about Distance Learning this fall and the need for technology. Read her story here.
Check out the update for September 16 that includes information about the learning materials distribution and the Census.
The City of Burien is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Comcast to connect up to 1,500 eligible Highline students in Burien with free internet for 12 months.
Check out the family update for September 14 that includes an update on the school calendar and another video from our family learning series.
Check out the family message for September 11 which includes an opportunity for you to share how the first week went, a new video in the family learning series and information on fresh produce giveaway in Burien.
Late yesterday we learned that Sprint internet hotspots are experiencing difficulty with Zoom calls. This is a nationwide issue. Sprint is working to fix the problem. Find out what to do until it is resolved.
Check out the family update for September 9. It includes information about school meals and technology support.
Need help navigating the website? We've put together these short how-to videos that walk you through where to find information on our website
Check out today’s family update that includes a link to our latest family webinar, a featured FAQ, information on childcare resources and our tech levy.
Check out today’s family update that includes a learning supply Pack distribution reminder, info on health clinics and a census reminder.
Check out today's update about the Family Webinar, class assignments and meals.
Check out today's family message on meals and online registration.
In preparation for the September 2 family webinars, we want to know what questions you have about school this fall. What information do you still need?
We will begin serving food for the school year starting Wednesday, September 9. Due to Distance Learning, meals will be different. Families must pre-order school meals using our online pre-order system.
Check out the family update for August 27. It includes information about devices and school supply packs.
Find out more information on Summer Meals and fill out our Meal Distribution Survey.
I invite you to join me for a webinar where we will give you the latest information about school this fall and do our best to answer your questions. We will host two family webinars, one in the morning and another in the evening.
Highline Public Schools Nutrition Services is here to provide healthy meals for your student(s). We want to make sure all students have breakfast and lunch during distance learning, and we want to partner with you to deliver meals in the way that works best for your family. Please complete our survey by August 27.
We hosted two Dual Language webinars on August 6 about Fall 2020 planning. If you missed the session, you can view them here.
Check out the family update for August 13 that includes Meal Updates and a Featured FAQ.
This August 12 Family Update includes information about Family Connection Days, a thank you to our webinar attendees and information on an upcoming webinar for families of students in special education.
Co-Directors of Special Education, Gaye Bungart and Darren Spencer, hosted a webinar on Wednesday, July 22, at 5:00 p.m. about Fall 2020 planning.
The Highline Public Schools Central Office is now open to the public for limited services. School offices will reopen on August 10.
This August 3 Family Update includes information about athletics, kindergarten registration, voting, technology levy and summer opportunities.
Highline Schools Foundation is helping the district work to ensure that all families have access to broadband internet service when schools open this fall in full distance learning. Find out how to help.
We will host two Dual Language Family Information Sessions for you to choose from on Thursday, August 6. We will to share information and answer some of your questions.
We know you have questions on distance learning, and we’re working on answers. Please plan on joining Superintendent Susan Enfield for a webinar on August 11 to ask questions and learn about our distance learning plan in fall 2020.
Please read this message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about remote learning in the 2020-21 school year.
We are following state guidelines for reopening school with safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. To plan appropriately, we are asking you to tell us which option you are likely to select, based on what you know today.
Take the Washington State Food Security Survey to help Washington state understand how COVID-19 has impacted food security.
We have concluded our most recent Thoughtexchange, which asked families for their feedback on our draft plan for fall. Thank you to all who provided feedback, we had over 2,000 individuals participate. Here are the results.
See results from our most recent ThoughtExchange and watch one of our webinars held on July 1 about our draft plan for fall 2020.
Check out today's family update about the 4th of July, Fall Planning, Talking about Race with Children and Summer Learning Opportunities.
We are developing a draft plan for returning to school this fall.You are invited to take this survey about the plan and to share your thoughts and questions in this Thoughtexchange format.
As our district workgroups formulate plans for returning to school in the fall, we need your input. Please join Superintendent Susan Enfield on July 1 to learn about our proposed plan for fall, give feedback and ask questions.
Summer meal service will begin Monday, June 22. Grab-n-go meals will continue to be free to all students. Meals will only be offered on Mondays and Thursdays during summer break. We will offer multiple days worth of meals on pick-up days.
See a message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about planning for Fall.
Here is what we know today about our summer and fall athletics programs based on current state and county public health guidelines, and in coordination with WIAA.
Check out the family update for June 3 including summer school plans, ORCA pass, Coronavirus Multimedia Showcase and coronavirus testing.
Our schools are scheduling time during the week of June 15 for you to pick up any items your child left at school and to return library books and other items to school. Please look for a message from your school giving you the designated date and time.
With the current restrictions on in-person activities, children and teens may be spending more time online. Please take this opportunity to talk with your child about staying safe online. Younger children are especially vulnerable to being deceived by people they encounter in multi-player games and other internet gathering places.
Read this family message from Superintendent Susan Enfield about planning for fall 2020.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Our seniors have worked hard, and they deserve to be celebrated. We wish we could give them a traditional graduation ceremony, but since that is not possible due to the pandemic, we have worked hard to plan a creative way to celebrate commencement.
We want to highlight important information about distance learning, grading and calls from teachers.
Today's update includes the last day of school, email bouncebacks and wifi resources in the community.
During this difficult time, we understand that as a parent taking a bigger role in your student’s education you may have concerns. Distance Learning brought countless challenges, but Highline Public Schools is committed to communicating and working with you and your family. If you are encountering:
On Friday, May 2, we learned that a kitchen staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health advised us on our response. There are no concerns about the safety of the food because it was pre-packaged and staff uses safe food handling practices, including wearing gloves and masks.
Today's family update includes meal site information, learning supply kits, elementary grading and more.
We have updated our high school grading policy for this semester, based on a new directive from the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This directive applies to all school districts in the state.
Learn the truth about U.S. Census rumors, plus get extra learning materials, provided by the Census, for use in distance learning.
We know that one of the big concerns seniors have right now is earning all the credits you need to graduate this spring. Our priority is ensuring that you graduate on time in June.
Meal sites are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only to promote social distancing. Students will receive two days worth of meals on Monday, three days worth of meals on Wednesday, and two days worth of meals on Friday.
Staying connected with the school and district is important, especially during this time of distance learning.
As students begin distance learning, you may need technology support. We have created a webpage with resources that provides step-by-step instructions on logging into your Chromebook, connecting your Chromebook to the internet, and rebooting your Chromebook if needed.
United Way announced an expanded program of rental assistance. One month of rental assistance is being offered to people in King County struggling to pay rent due to the coronavirus.
Welcome back from spring break. We have two resources to share with you--technology support and rental assistance.
Thank you for completing our communications survey. Based on your feedback, we will send updates as needed, not necessarily on a daily basis.
The School Board and Superintendent Susan Enfield will host a webinar for seniors and families on Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Please read this message Superintendent Susan Enfield sent to the Class of 2020 on April 7, 2020.
On April 6, Governor Inslee announced schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Without these restrictions, public health authorities say the rate of infection will overwhelm the healthcare system.
The United Way of King County has several resources to help families during this time including rental and utility assistance, food services, unemployment services, childcare, transportation and more.
Today's update includes: Governor Inslee's update to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, spring break reminders and United Way resources.
Our meal site locations are changing due to spring break on April 6-10. We are collaborating with our community partners to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Here is the week’s schedule
Teachers are reaching out to all students and families as part of our new distance learning plan. Please be on the lookout to ensure you don’t miss anything. Here are four tips when communicating with teachers.
Check out information about teacher communication, internet options, meal sites, spring break and the Census.
Here are some free and low-cost internet options for families.
We are providing basic childcare for healthcare workers and first responders. Children must be currently enrolled in grades Pre-K through 5 in a Highline school.
Elementary report cards will be mailed to each students’ listed mailing address between April 7 and April 14. If you do not receive your student’s report card, or if there is an issue with the report card, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
TeacherVUE—Highline's teacher app—brings many functions to your smartphone or tablet. It's an optional tool in your toolbox to make your life a little easier as a teacher supporting distance learning for your students.
We have been working hard to keep up with changing circumstances and shifting guidance from our state leaders about educating students during the current public health crisis. Based on the latest guidance from the state, we have built a plan to continue instruction to the extent possible.
Seniors and families are invited to join Superintendent Susan Enfield for a live video information session to answer questions about graduation, grades, and any of the topics related to your senior year.
Here is a family update on supporting students during the school closure, distance learning and grades.
Does your student need a device to use at home during the school closure? We have one for you to use. Over the next several days, we will be hosting device pick-up sessions at our schools.
COVID-19 is limiting in-person outreach by U.S. Census helpers. You can help our region and schools get vital services, representation and funding for the next 10 years. Respond online, by phone or by mail. Let’s count every child in Highline. Here's how to help from home.
Times of crisis, particularly when people are in close quarters, can lead to an increase in domestic abuse. Resources are available 24/7, and domestic violence programs across our state are working tirelessly to help people plan for their safety. You are not alone. Help is a call or chat away.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has a television studio and has created enrichment videos. Check out this resource!
UPDATE: New OSPI guidance is that education must continue during the closure. We are working on a plan for distance learning.
To reflect state and county guidelines, we are closing the use of play toys and sport courts, including basketball and tennis courts. All district buildings, facilities and fields are also closed to the public.
The Highline Schools Foundation is accepting monetary donations to purchase supplies for the childcare centers we are opening during the school closure.
A number of local food banks are supporting families and students with food during the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a list of locations.
We will provide basic childcare for a limited number of Highline students in grades Pre-K through 5. Children must be currently enrolled in a Highline school.
As we navigate the ever-changing and challenging circumstances created by coronavirus, we rely on our social and emotional learning strategies and skills to support ourselves and each other. Here are resources for discussing coronavirus with students and helpful RULER lessons for families.
Many families and community members have asked how they can support during this challenging time. Here are some suggestions.
Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials program free to new customers for 60 days. All new customers will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract.
Starting Monday, March 16 we will distribute meals to students at several of our schools. Meals are free to every Highline student. Registration is not required. There are no forms to fill out and no names are written down. See a list of locations.
Governor Inslee issued an executive order closing all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties until at least April 24. All Highline schools will close to students, effective Monday, March 16.
See resources for families who may want to see a doctor, but don’t have one and/or those who need to enroll in public or low-cost health insurance.
This is the first of several communications over the coming days based on the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation.
We are committed to keeping you informed about our response to coronavirus. Here is your daily update.
Read a family message sent on March 10 about the coronavirus from Superintendent Susan Enfield.
If you keep checking your phone for the latest coronavirus updates, chances are your kids have noticed. Be ready to answer your child’s questions about coronavirus. If they don't seem interested or don't ask a lot of questions, that's OK too. Just follow their lead.
We continue to watch the developments in the coronavirus situation. We are doing our best to adjust our decisions based on new information and keep you informed. We acknowledge that this is unchartered territory for us all, and we thank you for your patience.
We are committed to keeping you informed about our response to coronavirus. Here is your daily update for March 6.
We are committed to keeping you informed about our response to coronavirus. Here is your daily update.
We are committed to keeping you informed about our response to Coronavirus. Here is your daily update from March 4.
We want to keep you updated on our response to Coronavirus. Today, principals received lesson plans for grades K through 12 on communicable disease prevention. Principals will ensure that every student receives at least one lesson from this curriculum by Friday.
Read a family message sent on March 2 about the coronavirus from Superintendent Susan Enfield.
As Coronavirus continues to affect our region, we want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Here is how we are responding to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, keep students and staff safe and healthy, and minimize the impact on student learning.
We want to share information we received this afternoon from the King County Department of Health regarding the coronavirus, the new virus that is spreading in China.