Southern Heights Elementary School
11249 14th Avenue South Burien, WA 98168

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Welcome Back, Fourth & Fifth Graders!

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Welcome Back, Fourth & Fifth Graders!

It's so good to see you! With first-day butterflies and smiles in our eyes, we welcomed more than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students back to in-person learning this week.

It was the first time in more than a year these students have entered a classroom. Students celebrated with air hugs, thumbs up and lots of laughter. 

This week is a milestone for Highline, marking the first time since the start of the pandemic that students in all elementary grades are attending some school in person. They are joined by students in our preK and special education programs. 

About 45% of our elementary students are choosing to come to school in person. They are on a hybrid schedule: in school half-days, four days a week, and learning from home the rest of the school week. Our other students are continuing in fully remote learning from home.

Thank you to everyone who is helping to open our schools to in-person learning again--students, families, teachers, bus drivers, office staff, paraeducators, principals, and many others! We are grateful for your partnership.

In a little more than two weeks, we will hit another major milestone in Highline. On April 19, we will welcome middle and high school students to in-person learning across the district.