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Redmond, Wash. – Staff cheered Monday, September 14, as the first preschool student walked confidently into the Early Learning Center at Old Redmond Schoolhouse. It is the first time in more than 20 years that Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has held classes in the building. 

 

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    October 19, 2020

    Dear LWSD Families,

    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.

    Key Messages:

    • COVID-19 rates continue to increase in King County.
    • Lake Washington continues to be designated as a High-Risk District per Washington Department of Health Decision Tree.
    • High-Risk categorization causes the District to pause implementation but not pause planning efforts.
    • 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 developing a survey for students, staff and parents related to remote learning to launch on November 2.

    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 1.5 (reported 10/14/20).

    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 10/12/20). 

    As a District we continue to monitor the local case rates across our district. King County Public Health reports case rates per 100,000 residents in four distinct areas across Lake Washington School District. It should be noted that Lake Washington serves about half of the City of Sammamish. Cases have varied over time in the four areas located within Lake Washington School District.

     
    Date Range Reported 9/4/20 - 9/18/20 9/19/20 - 10/3/20 10/4/20 - 10/18/20
    Kirkland 26.1 39.7 47.7
    Redmond 41.1 52.2 44.3
    Union Hill 36.3 40.8 27.2
    Sammamish 32.8 40.6 26.5

    Cases per 100,00 over 14 days by city/area

    Planning:
    The Return to School Task Force workgroups are continuing their efforts to finalize details and plans in preparation for implementation when conditions are such that we can move forward. Our workgroup and bargaining teams are also working to finalize the K-1 in-person model so that it can be shared with staff and the broader community.

    Process for Transition:
    Lake Washington School District will continue to partner with King County Public Health regarding our effort to return students to in-person learning. When the transmission rate and case rates are such that we are in the Moderate-Risk category, we will target a timeline for returning to in-person learning. We anticipate having a three-week period of transition from the date we announce a return to the date that students would return to in-person learning. In preparation for future transition, we are currently developing possible classroom configurations that meet health and safety requirements.

    Stakeholder Survey:
    The District is developing surveys to seek input and feedback from students, families and staff regarding their experience with remote learning. This will allow the district to make adjustments to improve the implementation of remote learning for staff and students. The survey will be released on November 2.

    As we continue working through these challenges, we appreciate the 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

    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

    Through each step of the process of our return to school, I am fully aware of the tension our community feels related to our decisions. This tension is felt differently by each of us as we all work to understand the environment and climate we are experiencing. I recognize the dissonance related to the virus and I hope we have demonstrated empathy for your specific viewpoints throughout the summer and fall.

    Read More about September 18, 2020