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November 21
In this Issue...Indigenous People Festival in Burien, HCR Leadership Summit, PD & Prizes, NEA Benefits, CBA FAQ - Assault Response Protocol

Dear Members,
Family Conferences are wrapped up for some of you and just starting for others.  In the next week, take a moment to celebrate, to breathe and to know that you are highly trained, highly respected and highly appreciated professionals!  Please continue to reach out for the help you need, and we will continue to problem solve alongside your amazing building/program representatives and executive board members. We anticipate we will have news to share soon on efforts being made to address health and safety issues in our schools. In the meantime, if your students have behavior needs beyond what you alone can meet, please email me to explore the available options. Thank you for all you do for our kids and communities.  Look for our next EFocus on December 12th.

All of my best to you,

P.S. Our next Rep Council Meeting will be on Monday, December 2nd 4:15-6:15 at PSSC and is open to all HEA members as non-voting observers (only elected HEA Reps may vote on motions).


Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. Please join your neighbors and colleagues in celebrating Native Americans who are keeping their rich ancestries and vibrant traditions alive today. The festival is this Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Highline Heritage Museum (819 SW 152nd St. Burien).

WEA HCR Leadership Summit registration is now open! Registration fee of $40 will be reimbursed by HEA after attendance confirmation.  Event details: Friday, Dec. 6, 5-8:30 p.m. at Washington Education Association Headquarters & Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Lakota Middle School 1415 SW 314th St., Federal Way

The WEA Human and Civil Rights Leadership Summit focuses on our collective and individual leadership for racial and social justice from classroom to the association.  This includes a Friday HCR Leadership Summit Dinner Keynote and presentation and an all-day Saturday HCR Leadership Summit.  This is not a normal conference on equity; this summit examines our own leadership structure within the WEA to eliminate institutional racism.

Complete WEA’s PD Survey and Win a Gift Card. This survey not only helps WEA design training programs targeting your needs, if enough HEA members participate, we are able to use the results to plan local PD as well. Complete this 10-15 minute survey and your name will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $5 Starbucks cards or be the lucky winner of one of two $50 Amazon gift cards--just in time for your December shopping.  

Speaking of shopping... You have survived the first quarter of the year, but some of you may feel bombarded by preparations for upcoming holidays—shopping for gifts, for dinner, and preparing for all the guests coming to stay. Your hands would be full even without having to worry about classroom demands and cold and flu season—if only you had more time! Luckily, NEA Member Benefits is here with resources for shopping and travel discounts, ideas for entertaining, hassle-free holidays and even help with upcoming student loan payments!

CBA FAQ - Assault Response Protocol
Q: Can a primary age student commit an “assault” and what should be done when assaults happen?

A: Assault, as defined by HPS, is “the use of excessive physical force or threatening the use of physical force against a specific person or group of people, including use of a weapon or other instrument for the purpose of inflicting injury.” So while the word “assault” may seem incompatible with public elementary school instruction, the answer is ‘yes’ - assaults come in many forms and sizes.

The HEA-HSD Assault Response Protocol is a jointly-crafted flowchart that outlines the steps an administrator will take in the event a staff member is assaulted. One track is focused on supporting the staff member and the other is focused on supporting the student and ensuring resources are provided to help the student be successful upon return to class.  Please be sure to complete all documentation, including the L&I paperwork to support our data tracking and ensure you remain eligible for future healthcare and leave benefits should you find yourself in need of them.