What has been done to improve ventilation in our school buildings?
Ventilation in all buildings meets or exceeds CDC recommendations for ventilation in schools. In older schools where HVAC systems do not meet the standards, occupied rooms have been equipped with supplemental air filtration systems.
Our facilities team has completed an audit of HVAC systems in all Highline buildings. For the details on ventilation, school safety plans and more, see our expanded Health & Safety webpage.
Will students and teacher keep their current classes after April 19?
Class schedules and teacher assignments will remain the same after hybrid begins. The exception would be if a teacher takes a leave and is not available to teach.
Will Highline switch from six-foot to three-foot distancing after the change in state and CDC guidance?
Schools now have the option to reduce physical distancing to three feet between students who are in a class or cohort, but we do not plan to change our Highline distancing standard this spring.
Our families have made a choice to opt into in-person learning based on a plan that specifies six-foot distancing. We recognize that not all families will be comfortable with this sudden change. We do not feel it is fair to our families to change the parameters now. We will maintain six-foot distancing in our schools through the end of this school year.