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Issaquah Highlands School Spotlight: March 2022

School Spotlight

Update: ISD Mask Mandate Scheduled to End March 14

Barring any new requirements from the local health department, ISD announced masks to become optional in school buildings and on school buses starting March 14, in alignment with the Feb. 28 announcement made by Gov. Inslee on lifting the statewide indoor mask mandate on March 11. As of March 14, students and staff can choose to wear masks; ISD will not tolerate any bullying of those who continue to wear masks.

“Our educators will discuss the change with students in a developmentally appropriate manner, including how to respect others’ personal choices. If your child expresses any anxiety, please feel free to reach out to our school counselors or psychologists for support,” ISD stated in its Feb. 28 announcement.

Until March 14, ISD will require students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in ISD buildings and on buses.

Guest Speaker on Education and Behavior Inclusion

The Grand Ridge Elementary School PTSA is pleased to host Amanda Pharis, board-certified behavior analyst, to share her expertise and passion around education and behavior inclusion among our students and the greater community. Whether you have a neurodiverse or neurotypical child, join us to learn practical tips on managing challenging behavior and using more inclusive language, as well as have your questions answered. Join us on March 9 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The GRE PTSA invites all Grand Ridge adults to join. No RSVP is required. Get more information.

Cultural and Family Partnership Q&A Session

Families new to the Issaquah School District and U.S. school systems are invited to meet with the Family Connections team to ask questions, talk about the year, find ways to receive district and family support, learn more about other parent workshops, and access family liaisons. Two sessions will be offered on March 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Get more information.

“Welcome to Kindergarten Night” for Families New to the U.S. School System

Join other local families new to the U.S. school system with incoming ISD kindergarten students on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. Information will include kindergarten preparedness, general school day schedule, general classroom information, transportation, immunization, on-site before-/after-school care program, and differences between school systems in the U.S. vs. other countries. Registration is required. Questions, interpretation services, email Ina Ghangurde by Friday, March 11.

Issaquah Schools Foundation Seeks Student Trustees

The Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) seeks two ISD high school sophomores, one from each ISD high school, to represent student voices on the foundation board. Students will work with board members to determine policies, procedures, and regulations to accomplish the mission and operating objectives of the organization; raise awareness among high school peers about the work of the foundation; and continue to be a connection between the foundation and their graduating class. The ISF Student Trustee Application opens on March 15.

Tracie Jones is a Wisteria Park resident.