Educational Plan for 2020-21
Students will begin the school year in distance learning. This decision is based on the trajectory of COVID infections in King County, feedback from staff and families, and conversations with our neighboring school districts. Our priority is the health and safety of students and staff.
We cannot predict how long we will remain in distance learning. We will monitor infection rates and rely on public health guidance to determine when we can reopen school buildings. We will consult the Department of Health decision making tool when deciding to transition to in-person learning and activities.
When we are able to return to in-person instruction, we plan to begin in our hybrid model with social distancing. Students will have the option to continue distance learning if they choose. We will do our best to keep students with their teachers and classmates while learning from home; however, class changes may be necessary, depending on a number of factors that are unknown at this time.
We believe that keeping our students and teachers together--in distance learning or hybrid models--throughout this school year will help us meet the social-emotional needs of our students. This is especially important during a time of crisis and upheaval.
Since we will offer distance learning as an option after hybrid learning starts, we have postponed the opening of Highline Virtual Academy until Fall 2021. This allows us to fully focus on our improved distance learning program, which will be significantly different than what students experienced last spring.
This gives also us the opportunity to thoughtfully develop a permanent high-quality, challenging online school for Highline students who thrive in this environment.