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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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Three schools in Lake Washington School District were named 2020 Sustaining Green Schools by King County Green Schools in June. Environmental & Adventure School (EAS) qualified for the recognition for the first time this year. The shared campus of Carl Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School have earned the recognition for five consecutive years.

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    September 25, 2020

    Dear LWSD Staff and Families, 

    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. 

    We are in an unprecedented time and with that comes unique challenges that we as a community have not previously faced. The needs of each student and family are different and we recognize that there are a wide variety of opinions as to how best meet the needs of our youngest learners. As a District, we led with a set of goals for the Return to School Task Force work.  

    Goal #2: Keep staff and students safe and support social-emotional well-being and interactions.  

    Goal #4: Support families.  

    As we walk through these changes, we need to be mindful of the many areas of health, safety and well-being. Our staff will continue to work diligently in supporting our students social and emotional well-being. This includes tending to the unique needs of those going through transition and maintaining a sense of community throughout this school year.  We will be following our COVID-19 Safety Plan in order to tend to the safety and interactions of staff and students as we return to school. 

    I understand the challenges associated with moving forward and know we will do this best if we collectively support each other and those around us. 

    Kindergarten and First Grade Families

    As a reminder, we are targeting Tuesday, September 29 for families to complete the survey in Skyward Family Access. For directions on how to complete the survey, you can find directions on the main page of the Return to School Task Force website. We have received a number of questions throughout the week and have updated the FAQ section of the Return to School Task Force website with this information. 

    Thank you, 

    Jon

    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent 
    Lake Washington School District 

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

    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

    Over the last six weeks we have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 data produced by King County Public Health (KCPH). As you recall, on July 23, I announced we would be starting the school year with the majority of students learning remotely. Since that time, the data related to the virus got worse before it started to become more promising. Additionally, since July 23, the Washington State Department of Health provided guidance to all school districts about when and how to reopen. This guidance was called the Decision Tree.

    Read More about September 10, 2020

    This is the final weekly communication of the summer related to the Return to School Task Force efforts. Moving forward, I will be providing updates/communication specific to the Return to School Task Force during the first week of each month. This will align with my commitment to staff and families to provide monthly updates related to the spread of the virus, our analysis of this data, and continued planning for when students can return for in-person learning.

    Read More about August 28, 2020

    It is that time of year when familiar routines remind us that another school year is about to begin. Internally, we have welcomed our new staff through job specific orientation; administrators participated in annual professional learning and planning sessions; our new teaching staff was welcomed and started their week-long training program; our office professionals held their professional learning and training day; our custodians and bus drivers held their in-service training; and all teachers and certificated staff and many of our support staff are preparing to return to work next week. While these routines are familiar, we are acutely aware of how different the start of school will be this year. Externally, families are preparing for what will be a different start to the year as well. Many families have participated in laptop/textbook pick up procedures at their child’s school, school supplies are purchased, and learning spaces are being prepared. District staff and families are both focused on the same outcome, positive learning and success for every student. Your partnership is greatly appreciated, and our staff looks forward to providing a rigorous and beneficial learning experience for your child.

    Read More about August 21, 2020