**HSD Coronavirus Information**

**HSD Información del Coronavirus**

Superintendent's Letter 8.5.2020
Reopening Plan for Highland School District

Pandemic Emergency School Meals Program- PEBT-Spanish.pdf

Families in Washington can access benefits to help buy groceries for children by calling 211.

New benefits are available for families with kids at home because schools have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT assistance is for children who are eligible for schools’ free or reduced-price meal programs.

The benefits will be distributed by early July, state officials have said. Most families who already receive state food assistance, and whose children already receive free or reduced-price meals, do not need to apply. If children are not already on free or reduced-price meals, the family will need to apply for those through the school district by June 30 before they apply for the P-EBT. 

If your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive Basic Food benefits, you will need to apply for P-EBT. People can complete the DSHS application for basic food and P-EBT by calling 211 or 1-877-211-9271. Staff and volunteers with the Washington 211 system, a service that helps connect people with community resources statewide, complete the application for the caller and send it electronically to DSHS for immediate processing.

"It's a nice option for people who have barriers, such as language or no computer/internet," said Stacy E. Kellogg, director of social services for People For People in Yakima, the nonprofit that handles 211 calls in 16 Eastern Washington counties, including Yakima.

The one-time benefit is up to $399 per eligible child in each household.

PEBT Information

OSPI Reopening Guidance Released
The much-anticipated guidelines for returning to school in the fall have been recently released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  These recommendations were developed in close collaboration with the state Department of Health and Governor Inslee's office.

The Highland School District will thoroughly review the guidelines and work with our leadership team to develop a reopening guide for our schools. This will be influenced by the state's recommendations but also may have some unique components for schools in Yakima County. 

This is uncharted territory and there will be some elements of the guide that will need to be worked out along the way. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this process and will stay in close communication with you moving forward. 

Read the OSPI district planning guide here.

Tech Issues?    
¿Problemas con Tecnología? 

For those students experiencing technology related issues with their school-issued device, please send a tech request to support@highland.wednet.edu or call the district office at 509-678-8630, option 2 then option 6. HSD Technology Department.

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Important Dates!
Please check the District Calendar for event details. 

No Kinder Camp in 2020

August 26 School Resumes-watch for details

New Student Enrollment and Annual Update of Student Information:

The Highland School District has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign enrollment, back-to-school and athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms.  Please register at: https://highland-wa.finalforms.com/  (or click on the FINALFORMS icon below) and follow the prompts to create your account, create or assign your students and sign your forms.

Note: If your student is NEW to the district (kindergarteners and transfers), please be sure to click the “New to District” checkbox when registering your student.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Highland School District.

Highland Community Coalition and Student Assistance Services
The communities of Cowiche and Tieton are benefiting from a state grant of $65,455 to initiate and support the work of the Highland Community Coalition, which is focused on supporting activities and communicating messages designed to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs among youths.  The coalition also promotes practices in helping young people make healthy life choices. The 82 community coalitions established in Washington State identify in their communities the highest prevention needs, plan and implement evidence-based strategies, leverage local resources and evaluate the impact of selected programs.

Lizbet Maceda, Community Prevention CoordinatorLizbet Maceda is the Highland Community Prevention Coordinator.  Based at Highland High School, Maceda’s role involves developing and guiding the coalition’s work in serving as a resource for the area’s parents, students, and other residents.  She facilitates the coalition’s activities in offering training, technical assistance, and both community- and school-based prevention services.  Coalition meetings with community members are held every month at the high school, and student-centered work focuses on youths in the middle school and high school grades.

These are the projects the coalition is working on:
Second Step:  Social emotional learning for students 7-8th grade.  
Sport Wellness Program: Healthy habits and education in the harms of substances. 
Starts with One Campaign: Messaging around medicine storage and safe disposal.
National Prescription Take Back Day: We are part of National Prescription Take Back Day where we collect prescribed and non-prescribed medications.
Strengthening Families: Family program for youth 10-14 years of age.

To learn more about these programs, please visit our website:  https://highlandcommunity.wixsite.com/highlandcommunity/about/

Due to COVID-19 we are getting creative in how we are delivering our programs to our students and community members.
For more information of resources you can use while you have students at home, please visit this link:

About Us

              Our Mission:  "A Quality Education for All Students"

Highland School District, for a small district, has big offerings in both academics and extracurricular programs. The district serves approximately 1120 students in four schools: Marcus Whitman (Pre-school-3); Tieton Intermediate (4-6); Highland Junior High (7-9) and Highland High (10-12). The outstanding basic education offerings of the district are augmented by a developmental pre-school program, all day kindergarten, strong remediation programs, migrant/bilingual programs, state-of-the-art vocational technology programs and an excellent special services department. The district also offers extended learning opportunities through Central Washington University that gives students the opportunity to receive college credits. The district prides itself with a strong tradition of providing a solid educational program that prepares students for post-secondary education and adult life.  

Highland Campuses

Marcus Whitman Cowiche Elementary School
Phone: 509-678-8900
Fax: 509-678-5494
Tieton Intermediate School
Phone: 509-678-8700
Fax: 509-673-2771
Highland Junior and Senior High Schools
Phone: 509-678-8800
Fax: 509-678-4140

Highland School District 

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