Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

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An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.



    Changes to Board Meetings and Study Sessions Until Further Notice

    Under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), in-person board meetings are not permitted until the end of the declared emergency or further action by the Legislature or Governor. The board will continue to hold meetings remotely until further notice.

    Regular Board meetings will continue to be live-streamed on the LWSD website as long as District staff are available to support basic functions of Board meetings. If community members are unable to live stream the meeting, they may call to listen to the meeting: 425-936-2813/Conference ID: 37127.

    The board meeting schedule may be revised in accordance with directives from the Governor’s Office. When meetings are being held remotely, the board meetings  will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by study session at 6:00 p.m. 

    Changes to Study Sessions

    Study Sessions and Special Board Meetings will be recorded/live-streamed for the duration of school closures to follow the requirements of social distancing as long as there is staff available to support basic meeting functions. 

    Options for Public Comments at Board Meetings

    The Board of Directors of Lake Washington School District welcomes the public to the business meetings of the Board and encourages community engagement. The Board dedicates 30 minutes at these meetings to hear from the public during a public comment period. However, in alignment with the current proclamation issued by Governor Inslee, there will be no in-person public comment to ensure social distancing. Currently, there are three options to submit public comment:

    • Written: Public comments can be submitted by email to by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the board meeting. The comments are compiled, distributed to the board, and posted on the district website. Due to time constraints, not all individuals that submit written comment will have their statement read. Public comment will be offered in the order of which it is received.
    • Televised: If requested by email to by 1:00 p.m. on the day of the board meeting, a Microsoft TEAMS link will be shared with you to join the board meeting during public comment. You can then share your comments which are recorded and televised. Public comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person. Due to time constraints, not all individuals that request to make televised public comment will be able. Public comment will be offered in the order of which it is received. If invited, please join the Board Meeting online at the start of the meeting. President Laliberte will ask you to provide your comment. You are asked to turn your camera and microphone on and speak for the designated 3-minutes. After your public comment has concluded, it is requested that you leave the Microsoft TEAMS meeting and continue watching the live stream broadcast if interested in viewing the meeting. 
    • Orally: You may dial-in by 1:00 p.m. on the day of the board meeting and leave a voice mail message at 425-936-1257 which may be played during public comment. Public comment will be offered in the order of which it is received. Please limit your comments to 3 minutes.

    You are always welcome to email any individual Board member or the entire Board at any time outside of public comment at (