Mead students experience reading with a simulated vision disability

What does it feel like to have a disability? The Margaret Mead Elementary School PTSA wanted students to be able to empathize with their peers who face mobility, learning or other challenges. As part of Disability Awareness Month, they set up a Disability Awareness Fair with eight learning stations.



Equal Employment Opportunity

File: GBA

The Lake Washington School District has a firm commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. The District is further committed to a workplace free of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race; color; creed; religion; sex; age; national origin; ethnicity; marital status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; honorably discharged veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. To these ends, the District has an ongoing Affirmative Action Plan, which advances equal employment opportunity without preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

The scope of this policy and of the Affirmative Action Plan shall be comprehensive and shall cover all aspects of treatment of employees and applicants, including employment opportunities, compensation, hours of work, conditions of employment, promotions, demotions, transfers, recruitment, advertising, layoff, and termination.

The District shall require this policy to be implemented, along with the Affirmative Action Plan, in every department, every school, and at every level of operation within a reasonable but definite period of time.

The District shall provide resources for equal employment opportunities to implement the above statement.

Employment of Person with Disabilities

The District recognizes its obligation under applicable federal, state and local laws to provide reasonable accommodation to allow individuals with disabilities to apply for and perform the essential functions of their jobs. If an employee has a disability and wishes reasonable accommodation, he or she should let his or her supervisor or the Human Resources Director know as soon as possible. The District can discuss with the employee the possibility of providing reasonable accommodations to enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job. The District shall make those reasonable accommodations that may be accomplished without undue hardship to the District. An important factor to be considered shall be the nature and cost of the accommodation. However, an employment opportunity shall not be denied solely on the basis of the need to make reasonable accommodation.

If an employee becomes unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job, even with reasonable accommodation, he or she should ask about assistance in identifying and applying for other jobs with the District that may become available and for which he or she may be qualified.


The District prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment by reason of race; color; creed; religion; sex; age; national origin; ethnicity; marital status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; honorably discharged veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.



Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act
Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375
Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990
Age Discrimination in Employment Law, P.L. 95-256
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
RCW 28A.400.310
RCW Chapter 28A.640, generally
RCW Chapter 49.60
WAC 180-40-215
WAC Chapter 392-190 generally
WAC Chapter 392-200, generally
E2SHB 3025 (eff. June 10,2010)

Lake Washington Education Association Agreement, Articles VII and XIII
School District Trades Bargaining Council Agreement, Nondiscrimination
Public, Professional and Office-Clerical Employees and Drivers Local Union No. 763 (Representing the Food Services Employees)Lake Washington Association of Educational Office Personnel/CPEA-WEA-NEA
Lake Washington Instructional Assistants Represented by Service Employees International , Local No. 6

Free and Reduced Price Food Services (EFB)
Equal Employment Opportunity (GBA)
Equal Educational Opportunities (JB)

An elementary school principal and three teachers work together in a classroom

Foundations and Basic Commitments (Reference Code A)

General School Administration (Reference Code C)

District and school administrators working together

Policies about the school district management, the administrative structure and school building and department administration. Here, you will find the personnel policies that pertain to one the superintendent. See the Personnel section below for all other personnel policies.

Fiscal Management (Reference Code D)

Support Services (Reference Code E)

Facilities Development (Reference Code F)

Personnel (Reference Code G)

School principal and staff members working together in a classroomThe personnel policies are divided in three main subdivisions: topics that pertain to all employees; policies that pertain to professional personnel, including administrators, who must hold educational certification by the state to serve in their positions; and policies pertaining to all other personnel.

Negotiations (Reference Code H)

Staff members working together on a laptopThese policies pertain to the process of negotiating with staff units recognized by the school board.

Instruction (Reference Code I)

Student raises hand while elementary school teacher talks to classPolicies on instructional program: basic programs, special programs, activities programs, instructional resources and academic achievement.

Students (Reference Code J)

A group of diverse students sing during assemblyPolicies concerning students are found here: admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline and health and welfare services. Policies pertaining to the curriculum, instruction of students, and extracurricular programs are in the Instruction section.

School-Community Relations (Reference Code K)

Community volunteer works with elementary school studentPolicies affecting relations with the general public and with community and public agencies except other educational agencies and groups.

Education Agency Relations (Reference Code L)