Here are some of the most pressing questions we have heard this week.
How are you supporting families with the sudden schedule change?
We recognize the change in our timeline on short notice is difficult on our families. Childcare is available for families who need it. Right at Schools and the YMCA are offering childcare to students in Highline, and they both still have open availability. Visit our resources page to learn more.
Why are students switching to their new teachers if we are not transitioning to hybrid on March 1?
We are confident we will come to an agreement with our teacher's union and begin hybrid learning soon. Moving to the new classroom assignments on March 1 gives teachers and their newly assigned students more time to build relationships. This will improve the transition to hybrid.
Why not wait until all staff are vaccinated before starting hybrid?
We are working hard to facilitate vaccinations for staff. We have established a partnership with a healthcare provider to hold a vaccination clinic exclusively for Highline employees as soon as the vaccine is available.
Unfortunately, the vaccination roll-out is going much slower than expected, and vaccine shipments have been delayed. We are being told that vaccinations will not be available for everyone until July.
As much as we wish we could ensure that all staff are vaccinated before returning to schools, Public health officials from the CDC, Washington State and King County are not advising us to wait for staff to be vaccinated, but rather support reopening schools with safety measures in place.