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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Hilltop Elementary School
12250 24th Avenue South Burien, WA 98168

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Family Update for February 26

Family Update for February 26

Hybrid Hot Topic

WHY ARE STUDENTS SWITCHING TO THEIR NEW TEACHERS IF WE ARE NOT TRANSITIONING TO HYBRID ON MARCH 1?

We have a tentative agreement with Highline Education Association (HEA), our teachers’ union, on a new start date for hybrid. Our plan is to begin in-person instruction on March 11 for Pre-K, kindergarten, grade 1 and students served in Intensive Academic Center (IAC) K-12. Moving to the new classroom assignments on March 1 gives teachers and their newly assigned students more time to build relationships. This will improve the transition to hybrid. 

Resources for Supporting Your Child During Change

Our Social-Emotional Learning Team offers these strategies for helping your child through uncertain times. More information, examples, and tools can be found on our SEL for families page. 

Normalizing: You are not the only one experiencing what you’re feeling (ex: some children may be happy or excited, about this, some may be mad, frustrated, let down, etc.)

  • You are not the only one feeling __________. Lots of young people are also feeling ________.
  • All feelings matter, and it’s okay if you feel _________________.
  • When I have felt, ___________ some of the things that were helpful for me were…….

Identifying strengths: When listening to your child share their feelings, listen for areas of strength underlying their emotions.

  • You sound really disappointed that you’re not yet in school. This tells me that you really love school, and that your relationships with your friends and teachers is really important to you, and this is great.
  • You sound excited to continue learning remotely at home. This tells me that you feel super comfortable at home and learning with your family.

Validating and restating without judgement: This helps our children label and express their feelings, encourages emotional expression, and builds a strong emotional vocabulary.

  • It sounds like you’re feeling ______________.  Can you tell me more about that?
  • Ask: how are you feeling? Why are you feeling this way?

Focusing on what you can control: When difficult things happen that are out of our control, it is helpful to identify elements of our situation that we CAN control, and to focus our energy on these.

  • Sometimes when hard things happen, we can feel powerless. Let’s identify a few things that we can control… what are you excited to continue doing that’s working?
  • Is there a way that you’d like to express your feelings about this to someone? Can I help you write some things down, create something, or get your feelings out?
  • When I have felt trapped, stuck, or limited in my choices, I chose to focus on _________________ and this helped me regain a sense of control over my options. 

Reinforcing supports:

  • You are going to be okay, we will get through this together.
  • Lots of adults and students in our family, community, and schools care about you and are here to support you.