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    October 26, 2020

    Dear LWSD Families and Staff, 

    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. 

    We are continuing to evaluate our next steps so that we can be definitive in our plans moving forward. We are aware of school districts across the state and the varied implementation of in-person and remote options for students. We are also aware of the announcements that a number of districts have made regionally. It should be noted that each district has a set of unique variables and conditions affecting decision making. It is also important to note that Lake Washington School District falls under the jurisdiction of Washington Department of Health and King County Public Health which is where we receive our guidance on decisions and next steps related to health and safety. 

    Key Messages

    • Lake Washington continues to be designated as a High-Risk District per Washington Department of Health Decision Tree
    • The District is continuing active preparation for in-person learning.  
    • A Process for Transition model provides additional details about moving from remote learning for all students to remote and in-person learning for a full grade level.  
    • The district is planning to replace 5,800 elementary laptops due to underperformance during remote learning. 

    Current Health and Safety Data
    King County schools continue to be listed as high-risk per the Washington Department of Health Decision Tree. These data help us in our planning to know when conditions are such that we can begin to bring back students for in-person learning. 

    King County Public Health Data

    Transmission Rate:  
    King County Public Health targets a transmission rate less than 1.0 to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

    • Current transmission rate in King County is at 1.3 (reported 10/21/20).

     
    Cases per 100,000 residents:   
    King County Public Health targets cases per 100,000 to be under 25. The Decision Tree places districts in the high-risk category when they have cases over 75 per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days.  

    • Currently, King County has 93 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days (reported 10/23/20).  

    Process for Transition
    The graphic below highlights the steps that are involved in transitioning from remote learning to in-person learning. In preparation for future transition, we are currently developing possible classroom configurations that meet health and safety requirements. Depending on when a transition occurs, the timeline below may be slightly modified. Providing time between announcement and implementation affords students, staff and families the necessary time to develop plans and accommodations based on a change in schedule. 

    Decision graphic


    Technology Update: Plan to Replace Under-Performing Student Laptops  
    Review of technology support incidents, community feedback, and ongoing evaluation and testing of student laptop performance signified the need to replace 5,800 Hewlett Packard G1 and G2 devices currently in use by elementary students. This week, a purchase order was placed to replace the Hewlett Packard G1 and G2 devices with the Dell 3190 laptop. The Dell 3190 laptop is the same model purchased last spring and currently in use by our 6th and 9th graders. This laptop has digital inking capabilities and is lighter weight than the older models and is proven to run district curriculum and Microsoft 365 applications very well. The district was able to procure these devices under its previous lower cost RFP price. The new laptops will begin to arrive mid-December and shipments will continue to arrive in waves through the first week of January 2021. Schools will communicate with families regarding the exchange process once the new laptops are ready for pick up.  
     
    Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback related to these efforts.

    Sincerely,


    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
    Lake Washington School District

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

    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

    As we continue to move through our processes to plan for in-person instruction, it has always been with the knowledge that our health and safety criteria would be one part of the decision. Late in July, I indicated that we would rely on local and state public health agencies to help guide our response to COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health has outlined the rates of COVID in relation to educational settings and athletic/activity participation.

    Read More about October 12, 2020

    Key Message Information:

    1. Elementary Conferences canceled and schedule modified.
    2. COVID-19 trends show increase over two-week period with most recent data continuing to show higher rates of transmission.
    3. 40% of families requested the remote school option while 60% of families requested in-person learning for their Kindergarten or First Grade student.
    4. K-1 in-person model still on track to be communicated mid-October.
    5. K-1 remote model continuing to be articulated to ensure meaningful connection with neighborhood schools and services.
    6. District to allow requests for change in request for in-person and remote learning after in-person learning model is released.
    Read More about October 5, 2020

    This is a brief update related to our Return to School Task Force efforts. As you may be aware, the District is continuing its efforts to provide kindergarten and then first grade families the option to select in-person learning. This is in alignment with the stated process to provide families options for in person learning in accordance with the Department of Health guidance and recommendations for K-12 schools. 

    Read More about September 25, 2020