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In this Issue:  Election Celebrations, Surveys, HEA Elections, Membership, Mental Health, Flu Vaccines


November 13, 2020


Dear HEA Members,

What an emotional week!  We are celebrating the barrier-breaking win of Kamala Harris.  It means so much for our children and our nation to see others who look like them in all roles and positions in society.  We also know that diversity is not an end in and of itself but when electing people into positions of power, individuals from all backgrounds must be afforded the opportunity to add their unique perspectives in the decision-making process.  In our own work, I encourage you to join me in reflecting on how we each contribute to creating a climate that is welcoming and that allows all people to be their authentic selves.  

Many of you have also shared that you are looking forward to the removal of Betsy DeVos and the reversal of policies that have hurt our families, our communities, our environment and our overall standing as a nation in the world community.  We know there is so much ground to be made up.  Let us move forward with the resolve to build a more socially and economically just society.

In solidarity,

Sandy


Working Conditions Surveys.  HEA leadership meets weekly labor management with Human Resources to address workload concerns.  Please complete the HEA workload survey here. Your responses inform our problem-solving and impact bargaining discussions with HSD.  Additionally, the district has extended the opening to its own survey. Please complete their survey as well. We will take data from both into account.   


HEA 2020-21 Elections.  The elections calendar was approved by the Rep Council last week.  It will soon be posted on the HEA Website.  Please note the timeline for filing and elections for the following positions.

  • Nominations are now Open to any member
  • Nominations Close: December Rep Council Meeting (12/7/20)
  • Election: Rep Council votes by secret poll at the Dec. Rep Council Meeting
  • 2-yr Term: January-December (starting this year alternating, with the lower of the two vote-getters installed with a one-year term)

NEA Representative Assembly delegates (approx. 4 positions)

  • Nominations Open to any member: December Representative Council Meeting (12/7/20)
  • Nominations Close: January Representative Council Meeting (1/4/21) 

WEA Representative Assembly Delegates (approx. 12 positions)

  • Nominations Open to any member: December Representative Council Meeting (12/7/20)
  • Nominations Close: January Representative Council Meeting (1/4/21) 

New Member Enrollment. Much appreciation for everyone working on reaching out and enrolling our potential members.  We are at 97.2% membership including our substitute teachers!  Here is the electronic link to share with colleagues who have not yet joined.  If you work with a new to Highline educator who is not yet a member, please share with them why you belong and forward them this newsletter and link.  


Mental Health Resources.  We continue to hear about and empathize with the incredible mental health challenges experienced by school staff and students during this pandemic. Our community appreciates all the work you are doing to support not only the physical wellbeing of adults and students, but their emotional wellbeing as well.  

  • The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Northwest PBIS Network have produced a free series of webinars on Self Care and Compassion for the Educator. 
            Next event: December 11 (3:00-4:00 PM)
  • Free mental health support from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) therapists for BIPOC individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic and racism will be available on Saturday 11/14 and Saturday 12/12 from 1-6pm

Flu Vaccine Community Resources.  Your health is our number one concern!  This year, getting a Flu vaccination is more important than ever. 

  • This week! PHSKC is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Seattle Visiting Nurses Association (SVNA) to host drive-through flu vaccine clinics in Newcastle, Kent, and SeaTac November 13 and 14. Reserve a spot here  Health insurance enrollment will be provided at these events, with support in English and Spanish.
  • Flu vaccine will be offered at 10 or more health insurance enrollment events in South King County and elsewhere in November and December. 
  • Drive-through flu vaccine will be offered at one or more schools in the Highline School District in November.  Bookmark this site to stay updated.  
  • For you tweeters and retweeters, retweet this information to your networks!