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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    Staff Immunization and Infectious/Communicable Diseases 

    File: 6512

    The board strongly urges school staff members, including volunteers, provide evidence of immunity against tetanus-diphtheria (TD) and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Staff members over thirty years of age need not provide evidence of immunity to measles; these individuals are considered naturally immune (to measles only). 

    In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in school, the local public health officer has the authority to exclude from work a susceptible staff member who has not filed an immunization record with the district. Exemptions granted for religious or medical reasons or those without an acceptable immunization record on file may be excluded by the health department, as these staff are considered susceptible. 

    A staff member who has contracted a medically-diagnosed infectious/ communicable disease as listed in the current SPI Infectious Disease Control Guide may be excluded from school by order of the local public health officer. If the staff member has not been excluded from school by order of the local public health officer, he/she will be allowed to remain in his/her current position of employment unless he/she is physically and/or mentally unable to perform the duties of the job. 

    If the staff member is unable to continue in the current position because of his/her health, reasonable accommodations will be made. Accommodation is not reasonable if it poses undue financial or administrative burdens or fundamentally alters the job. If reasonable accommodation cannot be made, the employee may be excluded from work because his/her physical condition interferes with the performance of regular duties. 

    The board also authorizes the superintendent or his/her designee to provide training to all district employees regarding bloodborne pathogens as required in accordance with current Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act (WISHA) and Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) standards. 

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 70.24.105 
    RCW 70.24.290 
    WAC 246-100 
    WAC 246-110 
    WAC 392-198