Based on state Department of Health (DOH) guidance, Highline will prioritize Test-to-Stay as a strategy to minimize spread and maximize students' time in school.
In Test-to-Stay, close contacts who are not up-to-date on their COVID vaccines may go on a modified five-day quarantine if they agree to be tested when they are notified of exposure and again after five days. In modified quarantine, students continue to attend class but stay home from other activities. If they test negative on Day 5, they can return to all activities as long as they wear a well-fitting mask and do not have symptoms.
We hope to begin Test-to-Stay in February if we have adequate test supplies. School districts are experiencing a significant shortage of rapid test kits due to distribution issues at the state level.
Rapid Test Distribution
Highline is not able to distribute rapid tests to staff, families, or students because we must track all tests provided by the federal government. The state is offering free at-home tests here.
We continue to offer PCR testing for students and staff daily after school. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours. Please visit our COVID Testing webpage for times, locations and appointments.
DOH has designated most classrooms as a low priority for contact tracing when safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are in place. Highline will follow DOH guidance for contact tracing, prioritizing spaces where safety measures are not consistent, such as classrooms serving students with special needs that make masking and distancing difficult.
Out of a pool of 60 people who were recruited, recommended or expressed interest in becoming Highline's next superintendent, 23 people submitted applications. The school board will interview the semi-finalists on February 9 and 10. After the semi-finalists' interviews, the school board will select up to three finalists. Each finalist will spend a day in Highline, ending with a virtual town hall. Save the date for the virtual town halls scheduled on February 14, 15 and 17.