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In this Issue:  Reopening Guidance & Hybrid Preparations, Health Data Dashboard, Contact Tracing, Excel Grants, WEA PD, Childcare Resource, Financial Skills Training

December 18, 2020

Dear HEA Members,

Hopefully you have all taken a few moments to read the HEA-HSD Joint Message (sent to your district email) in response to the updated K-12 guidance for in-person instruction.  

The message I took away from Governor Inslee’s Wednesday press conference is that all the Labor and Industry Regulations, Center for Disease Control Rules and Department of Health Standards must be met for schools to open.  Compared to some districts around the state, please know that Highline has been at the forefront of adhering to all these regulations and public health guidelines.  

Remaining school safety plans are due today for review by a joint HEA/HPS leadership team on January 7.  They will then be sent back to buildings for revisions and a second review on January 21.  HEA will continue to work with the district and side-by-side with our nurses, our HEA Reps, our Covid Co-Captains and our Teamsters colleagues to ensure the district has fully met each requirement in every building prior to a full return to elementary when the metrics allow.  

Please review the two options the district has posted for the elementary hybrid model in preparation to complete the staff survey the first week back. During January, you will have opportunities to engage in focus groups on January 6.

Note, the models being considered have different implications for your on-going relationships with students who stay in remote.  They are also vastly different in terms of your planning workload.  Please consider these issues carefully when providing feedback. 

Finally, I know that the moment we start our breaks, we turn to our mile-long to-do lists but please take time for yourself and for your loved ones, including the furry ones!

With much appreciation for your dedication,


PS If you are a parent in Highline, please complete this survey by December 22.  

King County Covid Data Dashboard.  You can bookmark the dashboard in order track the changing health and healthcare landscape.  These are the key metrics we are monitoring. 

Exposure Notification is at Hand.  Washington Exposure Notifications (also known as WA Notify) is a new tool that works once you have enabled your smartphone.  Without sharing personal information, it alerts you when other enabled smartphone users indicate they have tested positive to COVID-19. It is completely private and does not know or track who you are or where you go. Learn how it works, how it helps, and see frequently asked questions at WAnotify.org

Excel $500 Mini-Grants Open.  Applications are due Friday, January 22, 2021. This grant uses a simplified application and reporting process and awards are for any amount up to $500. More information and the link to the Highline Schools Foundation online application is available HERE.  

Get by with a Little [Professional Development] Help from Your Union.  WEA is pleased to announce that it is offering another series of free courses all with clock hours to WEA members.  Asynchronous courses are offered via Canvas and can be taken at your own pace. These self-paced trainings are available immediately and just need to be completed by June 30, 2021. For a listing of offerings, please visit the WEA web page.

If you like your classes live, Synchronous courses are held via zoom webinar. Space is limited to the first 500 participants. Click here for a course list offered January through March 2021. Registration is required and once the course is full, the course name will no longer be available in the dropdown menu on the registration page. A wait list is not maintained for these webinars. PD Network Online Events 

Unionized Childcare and Home Care Providers.  Carina provides a safe, easy-to-use, care matching service for families and individuals who are in need of home care and nearby child care, and connects care professionals with good jobs and steady work, close to home.  In partnership with labor unions, government agencies, and community partners, they bring good jobs to care providers, so they can focus on their passion - caring for others.   

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