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Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 

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Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.

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    Procedure Conflicts of Interest

    File: 5251P

    District Ethics Officer

    Designation of an Ethics Officer
    The Superintendent shall designate a District Ethics Officer who shall be responsible for the administration of the conflicts of interest policy 5251 and procedure 5251P. 

    Ethics Officer Responsibilities
    The Ethics Officer is responsible for evaluating and taking appropriate action on the District’s behalf to resolve potential or actual conflicts of interest. The Ethics Officer may appoint or engage outside investigators or legal counsel to assist in performing his or her responsibilities. The Deputy Superintendent will be designated as the District Ethics Officer unless he/she has a potential or actual conflict of interest. Should the Deputy Superintendent have an actual or potential conflict of interest, the report would be made directly to the Superintendent.

    Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    Any employee or patron, who learns of a potential or actual conflict of interest, shall immediately disclose the actual or potential conflict to the Ethics Officer in writing. The Ethics Officer will not investigate anonymous reports. After an employee becomes aware of an actual or potential conflict of interest, he/she shall make a report to the Ethics Officer within 48 hours. After a patron becomes aware of an actual or potential conflict of interest, he/she shall make a report in a timely manner.

    To report a potential or actual conflict of interest, an employee or patron can send an email or hard copy letter to:

    Email:
    EthicsOfficer@lwsd.org

    Hard Copy Letter:
    District Ethics Officer
    C/O Deputy Superintendent
    PO Box 97039,
    Redmond, WA 98073

    Ethics Officer Opinions
    Upon learning of a potential or actual conflict of interest, the Ethics Officer shall conduct an investigation appropriate to the situation. The Ethics Officer shall prepare a written response of his/her investigative findings and set forth his/her conclusions and recommendations as to the conflict reviewed. The Ethics Officer shall deliver the written response to the Superintendent or his/her designee. A copy shall be sent to the interested parties. 

    Providing Academic Tutoring District Students for Pay
    District staff are allowed to provide academic tutoring for pay outside of their regularly scheduled work hours. Academic tutoring is defined as any form of instruction that would be provided during the regular school day. It is expected that a certificated or Education Staff Associate staff member, such as communication disorder specialist, psychologist, counselor, or music teacher that provides instruction to a District student outside of their regularly scheduled work hours for pay shall comply with this section of the Procedure Conflict of Interest 5251P.  The following conditions shall be applied when a staff member provides academic tutoring to a District student for pay:

    1. Staff may provide academic tutoring for pay only to those students with whom they have no instructional responsibility or assignment.
    2. Certificated staff who accept academic tutoring for pay assignments must make their own fee structure arrangements with the parent or guardian of the pupil being tutored.

    Staff are not allowed to provide academic tutoring for pay in LWSD buildings.

    Accepting Gifts from Parents, Community, Vendors, or Contract Service Groups
    There are times when parents, community, vendors, or contract service groups provide gifts of minimal value to a district employee. Gifts can be accepted following these guidelines:

    1. Staff may accept gifts of minimal value.
    2. A staff member shall not accept a gift that is greater than $50.
    3. Gifts accepted can only be received if each party understands that no preferential treatment will be derived from the exchange.

    If, at any time, a staff member believes the accepted gift could be an exchange for preferential treatment, he/she is to return the gift and report the situation to his/her immediate supervisor.

     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    Revised:
    09/04/19
    10/24/19
    08/18/20

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