With governor’s countywide order, Highline Public Schools closing too

March 12th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Coronavirus, Highline School District, Schools, White Center news No Comments »

Now that Gov. Jay Inslee has announced all K-12 schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties must close no later than Tuesday, Highline Public Schools are closing too. Here’s the announcement:

We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and that closure will have a major impact on our families.

At 2:00 p.m. today, Governor Inslee issued an executive order closing all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties until at least April 24. All Highline schools will close to students, effective Monday, March 16.

Today, Thursday, March 12 is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs. Friday, March 13 is a non-student day as normally scheduled. School offices will remain open through Friday, March 20 so families can pick up their student’s medication and other personal items.

We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many families. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them, care for them and provide recognition of them five days a week.

Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. It allows them to tend to their workday or focus on the other pieces of life that need to be taken care of–and there are many.

Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.

Meals for Students

Meals will be available to all students under the age of 18 starting this Monday. Locations for Monday are as follows:

Glacier Middle School | 12:00-12:30 p.m. | 2450 South 142nd Street, SeaTac
Central Office | 12:00-12:30 p.m. | 15676 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien
White Center Heights Elementary | 12:30-1:00 p.m. | 10015 6th Ave SW, Seattle

More locations will be added

No forms or registration are required. Students can drop by to pick up a meal.

Over the next few days, we will communicate additional meal locations, as well as our plan to support families in the following ways:

Providing learning support materials online, via email and hard copy. These are not meant to be a substitute for classroom instruction but will help students practice their skills and learn independently during the closure.

Providing child care for our families who need to continue working during our closure.

Providing support to our 12th-grade students to ensure they complete graduation requirements.

We will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, the website and social media channels.

We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this challenge together. We are Highline.

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SCHOOLS: No Highline closure yet

March 11th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Coronavirus, Highline School District, Schools, White Center news No Comments »

Now that Seattle Public Schools has decided to close for at least two weeks, you might be wondering if Highline Public Schools will do the same. No decision yet, according to the district website:

This is the first of several communications over the coming days based on the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation.

This morning, Governor Inslee and Public Health Seattle & King County asked school districts in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to prepare for potential school closures that could last weeks or months. We are anticipating an order to close in the coming days.

We know this raises all kinds of questions and implications including childcare needs for our staff and families, school meals, graduation, and much more. We are working on plans to address a range of impacts, and we will be in constant communication as we work through these issues.

Superintendent Susan Enfield says, “The coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented regional crisis. It will take all of us working together to get through it–and we will get through it.”

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CORONAVIRUS: Updates from Highline Public Schools

March 7th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Coronavirus, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on CORONAVIRUS: Updates from Highline Public Schools

Like most districts in the region, classes continue at Highline Public Schools. But some changes are taking effect next week. From the district’s newest update:

The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.

We have no known cases of COVID-19 among students or staff in Highline.

As Coronavirus continues to affect our region, we want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Public Health Seattle & King County is not currently recommending that schools proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or student.

Public Health has shared this rationale:

-Children are not known to get seriously ill from COVID-19

-Closing schools may not be effective because some children may congregate anyway at other locations

-Many parents, such as healthcare workers, need to be at work. If these critical workers stay home with children it causes significant impacts on the healthcare system and other institutions that are essential for our community to function

-If schools close, some children might have to stay home with alternative caregivers, such as elders, who are more vulnerable

-We don’t know how effective children are in spreading this disease

-Learn more about how Public Health makes this decision.

MARCH 6, 2020

All school cleaning: This weekend, all schools will get extra cleaning and disinfection. Surfaces not covered with papers, books and other materials will be wiped down with Clorox hydrogen peroxide wipes.

Field trips: We are suspending all school day and overnight field trips, including Camp Waskowitz, starting Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 20.

School events & athletics: All school events and athletics after 5:00 p.m. are canceled, with the exception of school conferences, to allow custodial staff time to thoroughly clean schools. This is based on Public Health recommendations to postpone events that bring together large groups of people. After-school activities sponsored by schools or partner organizations must conclude by 5:00 p.m. These restrictions on events and activities will be in effect Monday, March 9 through March 20.

Make-up school work: If your child is absent from school due to illness or safety concerns, your child’s teacher will provide assignments and opportunities for learning.

Remote learning: If Public Health advises us to close schools, we will not offer remote learning options. This decision is rooted in our commitment to equity and ensuring all students have an equal chance at success.

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CORONAVIRUS: White Center Heights Elementary precautionary cleaning tonight

March 4th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Coronavirus, Health, Highline School District, Safety, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on CORONAVIRUS: White Center Heights Elementary precautionary cleaning tonight

Thanks to the White Center Heights Elementary community member who forwarded this:

We have learned that a staff member who has been out ill this week has symptoms that may be related to Coronavirus. The individual is staying home and being monitored by a doctor. The doctor has not recommended a COVID-19 test at this time.

We are treating this with an abundance of caution. White Center Heights will get a deep cleaning this evening. School will be open tomorrow. We will continue to monitor this situation.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit our website or call the district Health Services office at 206-631-3011.

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SCHOOLS: Tuesday morning White Center info

January 14th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, White Center news Comments Off on SCHOOLS: Tuesday morning White Center info

The snow moved further south this time. So we have:

(updated 7:48 am) HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Now *closed* today

HOLY FAMILY: 2-hour delay

In Burien:

(updated 7 am) KENNEDY CATHOLIC HS: Now *closed* today

Got a change? Text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

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SCHOOLS: Monday morning White Center info

January 13th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on SCHOOLS: Monday morning White Center info

The expected snow had uneven effects on our region, to say the least. But just in case you’re wondering:

*Highline Public Schools, opening on time, no changes
*Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, opening 2 hours late

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THURSDAY: Enjoy baked potatoes and tacos to help New Start High School students

January 11th, 2020 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

As noted in our coverage of last month’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, a popular fundraiser is coming up this week – baked potatoes and tacos for New Start High School‘s Key Club. The Kiwanis Club of White Center is presenting the dinner at the school (614 SW 120th), 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday (January 16th), $20/person, $45/family, $10 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, or email:

billnancytracy (at) aol.com
shorewoodscott (at) comcast.net
cindy.akana (at) highlineschools.org

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Why White Center Heights was locked down for a while this morning

December 13th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on Why White Center Heights was locked down for a while this morning

Thanks to the person who forwarded this note sent to families, which answers a question we were asked:

Dear White Center Heights Families,

This morning we were advised to lock exterior doors and keep our students indoors while police conducted an investigation at a vacant house near the school. There was no direct threat to the school, but our district Safety and Security team made this call out of an abundance of caution.

We were advised that the situation was resolved by police shortly after 10:00 a.m.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. We take every report of a threat seriously and respond immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 206-631-5200.

Sincerely,

Shajaira Lopez & Marcello Sgambelluri
Co-Principals

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Planning a new Evergreen High School: Time to talk design!

November 26th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

It’s a start! From Highline Public Schools:

Bassetti Architects kicked off the design process with the Evergreen High School building design committee on November 21.

This small working committee of staff, students and community members dug in deep to brainstorm what their school of the future will be like. They began by focusing on how a new school building could support student strengths and needs, guided by Highline’s bold goals for students.

NEXT STEPS

The committee and architects will tour some other new high schools in the region to gather ideas and preferences.

The small, working committee, representing staff, students and community members, will continue meeting with the architects this school year.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

We look forward to fall 2020 community meetings to get feedback on initial schematic design work from you.

BACKGROUND

The 2016 bond pays for initial design of Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School. Approval of a bond is required for their construction. Stay tuned for updates on all three design projects this year.

MORE INFORMATION

You can track progress on the Evergreen High School Design bond project information page.

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SUMMER: Highline Schools’ last full day of classes today

June 24th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on SUMMER: Highline Schools’ last full day of classes today

Summer vacation finally starts Tuesday afternoon for Highline Public Schools students. Tomorrow is a half day.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Wednesday

February 12th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Highline Public Schools closed Wednesday

The snow’s stopped falling but not gone yet so Highline Public Schools are closed tomorrow:

All schools are closed on Wednesday, February 13. Many roads in the north end of the district are still impassable, and buses are not able to access bus stops–even the alternate stops.

No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district. All scheduled activities, athletic events and public meetings are canceled.

District administrative offices are open.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Tuesday school closures

February 11th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Tuesday school closures

Closed for Tuesday, February 12th:

Highline Public Schools
Holy Family Bilingual School
West Seattle Montessori

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THURSDAY: Highline Public Schools’ plan

February 6th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on THURSDAY: Highline Public Schools’ plan

As announced tonight:

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WEDNESDAY: Highline Public Schools to start late

February 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WEDNESDAY: Highline Public Schools to start late

Here’s the Wednesday plan from Highline Public Schools:

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SCHOOL CLOSURES: Tuesday morning updates

February 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, White Center news Comments Off on SCHOOL CLOSURES: Tuesday morning updates

Highline Public Schools – now CLOSED for today, Tuesday, February 5th (as is Seattle):

Also closed in White Center: Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School and West Seattle Montessori.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Changes for Tuesday

February 4th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Changes for Tuesday

The snow has stopped but overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the low 20s, meaning an icy morning, so Highline Public Schools are tentatively planning to open 2 hours late on Tuesday.

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WHITE CENTER NOW: Changes for Monday, including CLOSURE for Highline Public Schools

February 3rd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER NOW: Changes for Monday, including CLOSURE for Highline Public Schools

5:17 AM: Update – Highline Public Schools are now CLOSED for today:

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SUNDAY: Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School open house

January 26th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School open house

School-shopping for next year? Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School invites you to its open house on Sunday (January 27th), 10:30 am-2 pm, at 9615 20th SW. Their announcement:

Looking for an affordable, safe, academics- and language-focused school?

Come see what we are all about, learn about our programs and enjoy food, raffles, and fun activities with your family.

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OPEN HOUSE: Visit White Center Co-op Preschool on January 12th

January 3rd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on OPEN HOUSE: Visit White Center Co-op Preschool on January 12th

Got a little one? This announcement is for you:

White Center Co-op Preschool Open House and Dinosaur play date

Saturday, January 12th from 10 am-12 pm at the White Center Cooperative Preschool inside Mount View Presbyterian Church
10806 12th Ave SW

Looking for a high-quality preschool? Have a little one aged 2-5?

Come dig deep into our curriculum with lots of STEAM-based activities for your preschool-aged children!
Brush off your play skills with our experienced team of educators.

Discover how our unique programs benefits your whole family!

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Evergreen High School to get new synthetic-turf field, partly funded by Seahawks grant

September 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Schools, Sports, White Center news 2 Comments »

Today’s announcement is from the Seahawks:

Highline Public Schools will install a synthetic turf field at Evergreen High School thanks in part to a $250,000 grant from the Seattle Seahawks through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program.

The grant from the Seahawks, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is part of more than $3 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year.

The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program, a partnership between the NFL Foundation and LISC, the nation’s leading community development support organization, has committed nearly $46 million to the program since 1998, supporting 336 projects nationwide. Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements including irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Grassroots grants are issued once established funding thresholds are reached for each project.

LISC identifies local, nonprofit, community-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and neighborhood parks. Through the program, local agencies are provided with the necessary financing and technical assistance to improve the quality and safety of fields in their communities. The agencies oversee the construction, maintenance and programming of the fields.

“In many ways, the community of White Center and our scholar-athletes attending Evergreen and Cascade will significantly benefit from the facility improvements on campus thanks to these generous grants by the Seahawks and King County,” said Highline Public Schools Athletic Director Phil Willenbrock.

“This investment represents more than just a new field to play on – it is also about creating a gathering space to help build community, teach important life lessons, and continues to allow our children to dream big. Thank you to the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for helping make a difference for families as the lives of many will be touched by this award,” said LISC Program Vice President, Joseph Horiye.

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