Welcome to the beginning of another exciting and challenging school year!!
While we were all hoping this year would begin without any COVID restrictions, the directive of the DOH, the Governor’s Office and OSPI mandates that all students and staff will need to wear masks/face coverings regardless of vaccination status. In addition, Governor Inslee announced a new directive legally requiring all K-12 school district employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption by October 18, 2021 as a condition of continued employment. The Highland School District and our Board of Directors do not have any local control over either of these directives. We are legally bound to follow them.
We will though be able to run a normal school day, five days a week and provide both breakfast and lunch on site. We are excited for the return of our students on a full time basis!
As we communicated last spring, we have made changes to the yearly calendar as well as changes to our instructional days. As a recap, our instructional calendar allows for 15 additional days of optional learning opportunities for our students in 3 separate weekly intersessions. The intersessions are student focused and designed specifically to meet the needs of ALL students who chose to attend. We are excited to provide this to our students. I would also like to share that this innovation to further support students has been recognized by OSPI as we have been designated as a “Pilot School” and will receive $120,000 this school year to support our intersession planning.
We also have restructured the use of our federal program dollars and federal allocations to create the Office of Student Success to further support our staff and students in our new instructional approach. We are excited about the innovative calendar and hope that it provides additional educational opportunities that our students and families find of value. We are very pleased to have Mindy Schultz take charge as Director of Student Success and Manuel Rangel as Assistant Director of Student Success.
Again, please feel free to contact me if I can be of service. I am truly excited about the school year, and look forward to working with the students and patrons of the Highland School District. There are many positive things happening in our schools and all of you are to be commended for your part in making Highland such a special place.