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One-on-One Connections are Key

One-on-One Connections are Key

During Distance Learning, every student has an adult at school who is asked to check in with them once a week. Superintendent Enfield says these one-on-one connections are one of the most important things we can do while students are away from school. 

Message from the Superintendent | October 30 from Highline Public Schools on Vimeo.


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[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello Highline. Today, I want to talk about connection because it's more important than ever that we are remaining connected to one another as we progress with distance learning. And many of you staff and families and students alike have I'm sure heard that this year we launched our Highline One-to-One Connections where we are making sure that every student in every grade level has an adult in their school who's connecting with them on a weekly basis.

Why are we doing this? Well, as a former high school teacher, I know from personal experience that having that one adult in your school who knows you, who you can turn to, who has a trusting relationship with you can make all the difference in a student's success. And I would argue that in this day and age, that's more important than ever. And so we want to make sure that every student has that connection.

And while I want to be clear, our teachers, our staff, our principals, staff in our buildings, do an incredible job of connecting with our students. But I know that in every building, there are some students who don't have that connection. And while we're in distance learning, we can't leave this to chance. We have to by design make sure that every student is connected.

And so if you're a family member of a student, you're probably seeing that your student is either getting a text or a call, an email, a Zoom chat with somebody who's just checking in. And the goal here is simple. It's about relationship building and checking in on our students to make sure that they're doing OK and that they have what they need.

I understand that this is new. And when you introduce anything new, there are challenges. So we are working through how we build this system smartly. But I just want to say that I think this is one of the most important things we can be doing as a community this year to make sure that our students remain connected to school while our school buildings are closed.

So you are welcome to email me with questions, suggestions on how we get better at doing this. But I just want to thank our staff who has committed to making these connections and to our students and families who are partnering with us in ways that you haven't in the past. It's one of the positives that is coming out of this incredibly challenging time. So I thank you. And as always, I wish you strength and health. And I will see you soon.