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Supporting a Safe and Healthy Return From Winter Break

Supporting a Safe and Healthy Return From Winter Break

As we prepare for returning to school after winter break, Superintendent Susan Enfield shares this message with families, students and staff.


Dear Highline Families and Staff, 

I hope you are enjoying winter break and have been able to spend time with your loved ones during this time away from school. 

In preparation to return to school on Monday, I know that many of you have questions about staff and student safety. As we have throughout the pandemic, Highline will continue to follow guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health Seattle and King County (PHSKC) in order to make decisions that support the health and safety of our students, families and staff.  You can review our layered safety mitigation plans and protocols on our website

At this point, Highline plans to return from winter break to in-person learning as scheduled on Monday, January 3. We are, however, carefully monitoring the situation, preparing for every scenario and will provide you with updates as they become available. 

The decision to transition to remote learning will be based on either 1) the direction of PHSKC or DOH, or 2) our ability to staff given absences due to illness. You can help prepare your student for the possibility of moving to remote learning by doing the following:

  • Make sure their student device is activated and updated. Students should restart their Highline device prior to returning to school on Monday to ensure it has the latest updates;
  • If your student does not have a laptop or device, or needs a hotspot, contact your school on January 3.

Highline is offering additional COVID-19 testing sites ​upon returning from break. We will host two testing sites per day between January 3 and January 7. We invite students, families and staff to get tested free of charge. See a list of testing site locations and times on our website. A list of community-wide testing sites can also be found on the kingcounty.gov website.

Additionally, vaccinations are now available for individuals ages five years and older. Individuals ages 16 and older are eligible for boosters. We have several vaccine clinics scheduled at our schools the week we return from break. See a list of vaccine clinic locations and times on our website.

It will take all of us working together to ensure a safe and healthy return from winter break. Here are a few ways we can all help support the health and safety of students and staff in our schools:  

  • If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested. Contact your child’s school; 
  • Get vaccinated, including a booster shot; 
  • Avoid large gatherings;
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly;
  • Wear masks properly;
  • Maintain a social distance from others.

Please be on the look-out for additional messages in the days ahead, and thank you for your continued partnership in supporting the well-being of our Highline community. 

Sincerely,

Susan

Susan Enfield, Ed.D. 
Superintendent
Highline Public Schools