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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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    Infectious and Communicable Diseases

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    It is the policy of the Lake Washington School District to prevent, insofar as practicable, the spread of infectious diseases amongst the school community. Any child enrolled in the Lake Washington School District who contracts a communicable disease shall not attend classes or school functions until the "period of communicability" has passed.  The times and means for communicability shall be determined by those standards set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and set forth in the current OSPI Infectious Disease Control Guide

    Pursuant to WAC 246-101-420, school personnel shall notify the local health jurisdiction of outbreaks associated with District schools, as well as suspected cases of notifiable conditions. As health care providers licensed under Title 18 RCW, school nurses (registered nurses) shall follow the requirements set forth in WAC 246-101 for the reporting of notifiable conditions. 

    The District will require that the parents or guardians of all students. The nurse or school physician may use such reports to advise the parent of the need for further medical attention and to plan for the management of potential health problems in school.

    The Lake Washington School District authorizes the school principal to exclude any student, with or without the concurrence of the local health officer, who has been diagnosed by a physician or is suspected of having an infectious disease listed in and in accordance with the with most current Infectious Disease Control Guide.  Upon request of the parent or guardian for reconsideration of exclusion of a student afflicted with a communicable/infectious disease, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall, in cooperation with local public health officials, review the case and decide whether school attendance poses a risk to the infected student or his/her classmates or staff.  The review may include consultations with the student's parents, the student' physician and/or a physician of the district's choice. The local health officer can take whatever action is deemed necessary to control or eliminate the spread of disease.

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

    Information regarding students’ past or present health conditions will be treated as confidential. 
     

    Adopted:
    12/19/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    Chapter 246-110 WAC
    Chapter 70.02 RCW
    WAC 246-101-420
    RCW 28A.210.101
     

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