Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166


Distance & Hybrid Learning

Distance Learning

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.

Distance Learning Plan

All students will participate in distance learning. Check out the plan for Fall 2020 and see an example student schedule.

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Hybrid Learning 

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.

Teacher in distance learning

Hybrid Learning

When we return to in-person learning, we will begin with hybrid learning. Learn what to expect when the transition time comes.

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Virtual Academy

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.

White Center Heights student using a Chromebook.

What Went Into Planning?

There were many factors to consider when planning for the new school year. See how we gathered input from families and staff, and learn about the workgroups that developed the plan for fall.

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