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'Tis the Season of Giving in Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Each year schools and district buildings across LWSD think of ways to benefit those most in need during the holiday season.

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) community – we want your input! The LWSD Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) is offering you an opportunity to tour a virtual “open house” to learn about their recommendations, and to provide your feedback before they move their recommendations to the School Board for approval.

Click here to participate in this online feedback opportunity: https://lwsdgrowth.participate.online/.

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    November 16, 2020

    Dear LWSD Families,

    Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced new statewide restrictions due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 and the increase in hospitalizations over the last 10 days. These restrictions are intended to reduce the spread of the virus and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. As part of the Governor’s press conference he indicated that there are no additional restrictions for K-12 schools or childcare facilities.

    Continuing to Serve Students with Special Needs in LWSD Schools:

    Lake Washington School District staff have successfully provided in-person learning services to over 525 Preschool-High School students daily since early September. These services have been provided by 300+ certificated and classified staff. Services have been delivered at 28 sites across the district. 

    School teams have implemented our COVID-19 Safety Plan which follows all required guidance and recommendations which includes the mitigating measures that reduce the spread of the virus. As a district, we have managed 10 positive cases coming onto our campuses during the months of October and November. Each of these cases has been contracted outside of the district and did not lead to the spread of the virus within our schools or district facilities. We are confident, as are King County Public Health officials, that our strict adherence to the COVID-19 Safety Plan will continue to provide effective mitigation against the spread of the virus within our schools and district facilities.

    I want to acknowledge the staff that have been providing in-person learning services for students. Each has worked in conditions that are not typical for our classrooms; required use of masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and required distancing have been unique challenges. We will continue to adhere to the guidance of our local public health officials as we navigate teaching and learning for our students. As a district we are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for staff and learning environment for students. The protocols recommended by Public Health, Labor & Industries, the Governor’s Office, and The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has led to success for our schools and staff.

    Continued Improvement Efforts:

    As a District, we continue to focus on multiple strands of improvement efforts for our students. With the majority of students learning through our remote learning model, we are actively analyzing the data received from our student, staff and family surveys. This will help us to identify areas for improvement for both our staff and students. Additionally, we are continuing to work through the negotiation process with our teacher association to finalize the working conditions for in-person Kindergarten and First Grade services. While we will continue to adhere to the Washington Department of Health Decision Tree to make our decisions, we are wanting to communicate with both staff and families the full details of what a return to in-person would look like. We are committed to working through this process to finalize this work so that you can have the information we assured you we would provide.

    Data Review:

    Over the last few weeks we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, November 13, King County was reporting 223 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. We also know there has been an increase in overall hospitalizations with the rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations also seeing an increase. It is important to note that the Washington Department of Health Decision Tree is a document that is modified depending on current knowledge of the spread of the virus and its impact on K-12 schools.

    Thank you,
    Jon

    Dr. Jon Holmen
    Superintendent
    Lake Washington School District

    Return to School Updates - Click on date to read full post

    Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced new statewide restrictions due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 and the increase in hospitalizations over the last 10 days. These restrictions are intended to reduce the spread of the virus and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. As part of the Governor’s press conference he indicated that there are no additional restrictions for K-12 schools or childcare facilities.

    Read More about November 16, 2020

    Thank you to each person that has completed our recent surveys. These surveys will help the District understand the current experience for students and staff so that we can identify areas to improve. We will communicate the results of the survey over the coming weeks. The results will also be made available on the District website. 

    Read More about November 9, 2020

    Over the next weeks and months, we will experience the current election cycle as it plays out. Some of what we navigate will be personal, some will be within our community and some will be from across the country. We are on the eve of an election that seems more divisive than any I remember experiencing. I want to acknowledge that the outcome of our election tomorrow will impact each of us differently and I hope that we can maintain our sense of community and support for one another.

    Read More about November 2, 2020

    As a District, we continue to monitor our health and safety data as we continue our work to be prepared for returning students to in-person learning when conditions allow. We continue to work to refine remote learning as we know this is not the ideal location for the majority of students or staff to learn or teach. The survey that will be released to staff and families next week will seek information related to remote learning similar to information that students provided in a survey this month. Our goal is to make remote learning as beneficial as possible and provide necessary adjustments based on feedback. 

    Read More about October 26, 2020

    Last week I indicated that Lake Washington was holding on our implementation of returning K-1 learners in-person as we continue to align our decision-making processes with the Washington Department of Health Decision Tree and the data reported by King County Public Health.

    As promised in last week’s message, this week, I want to provide you with additional information about what the transition will look like when we do determine a date for students to return to school in-person. This transition will provide a timeline for transition, training, and implementation; and will take into account staff, student, and family needs to realign schedules and work.

    Read More about October 19, 2020