Summer Planning for Fall
Students will began the school year in distance learning based on the trajectory of COVID infections in King County, feedback from staff and families, and conversations with our neighboring school districts and our priority of the health and safety of students and staff.
We will monitor infection rates and rely on public health guidance to determine when we can safely reopen school buildings. We will consult the Department of Health decision making tool when deciding to transition to in-person learning and activities.
We are still planning for a return to in-person instruction in our hybrid model with social distancing when we are able to reopen school buildings. When we do reopen, students will have the option to continue distance learning if they choose.
We have learned from your feedback and our experience last spring. Our Academics workgroup is developed a significantly improved distance learning program that includes:
- Live instruction via zoom
- Virtual small group support
- Improved broadband internet access, with support from our cities
- A device for EVERY individual student
- Non-digital learning materials (math books and manipulatives, literacy notebooks, etc.)
We recognize that distance learning cannot fully meet the needs of some students with special needs, and we are evaluating the extent to which we can provide therapeutic services to students who need them.
Since we will offer distance learning as an option after hybrid learning starts, the opening of Highline Virtual Academy was postponed until Fall 2021. This allows us to fully focus on our improved distance learning program, which will be significantly different than what students experienced in spring 2020.
This also gives us the opportunity to thoughtfully develop a permanent high-quality, challenging online school for Highline students who thrive in this environment.