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In this Issue: Election results, H&S Plan Communication, Workload Surveys, Opening Schools 

November 6, 2020

Dear HEA Members,

Let’s thank our community for supporting the HPS Technology Levy, trending with a passage rate of over 70%!  Thanks to all of you who voted, volunteered and who spread the word for its passage.  Access king county gov for the latest vote count in every election. 

Health and Safety Plans for all schools with ILC programs should have been presented by principals on Wednesday to all staff and emailed to every staff member who works in those schools.  If you have any questions or concerns about your school’s plan, please contact your principal or the SCHOOL COVID-19 COORDINATOR (who is an administrator).  

In addition to issues related to the return to schools for ILCs, we have been addressing the opening of in-building special education testing centers and curbside book check out for school libraries.  We’ve been successful at making adjustments to elementary Music and PE specialist schedules.  We have ensured that you are able to complete your 1:1s at any time directed by you, including during your instructional block.  Detailed suggestions can be found in recent EFocus newsletters. We continue to press the district to find a manageable way for 1:1 documentation to happen.

Many thanks to the HEA Building and Program Reps who met this past Monday to learn more about contract changes and stayed online until 7:00PM for our monthly HEA meeting.  Please support us in addressing your workload issues by communicating with your HEA Reps regularly.  

We are still looking for more workload survey responses to inform our problem-solving and impact bargaining discussions with HSD. Complete the HEA survey here. 

The district also has a longer survey that closes tomorrow, Nov 6. Please complete their survey as well, if you possibly can, as we will take data from both into account.   

My Best to Each of You,


Reopening Our Buildings to Students.  Thank you to the nurses, COVID Co-captains, and especially to our ILC educators/ESAs and our teamster partners who are working hard to close the learning gap for our students with the greatest in-person instructional needs.  We are working on your behalf to limit exposure and mitigate the risks of working face to face.

Health and Safety planning for all remaining schools should be underway and will no doubt reflect what we have learned from implementing hybrid instruction in ILC and CBS classrooms.  Please do not work in person with students unless you have been trained in the access, use, and care/disposal of PPE.  We depend on each other to be wearing our masks and social distancing in order to limit the spread of the virus.  Your HEA Reps would ask you to consider being a COVID Co-captain, if that role is still open for your worksite.  This is an added set of eyes to help us ensure hybrid plans are properly put in place for a potential future return of students to your building.