COVID safety protocols led to a different looking Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Culinary Competition this year. The event took place virtually with students cooking from their own kitchens.
LWSD Reopening Plan 2020-21
Washington state is requiring each school district, charter school, and state-tribal education compact school (“local education agency” or “LEA”) to adopt a reopening plan for the 2020–21 school year through local board resolution. The LWSD Board of Directors approved the below plan on August 10, 2020. This plan will be continually monitored throughout the year and will be updated as needed.
Lake Washington School District, Washington State #414
Planned school reopening date: September 1, 2020.
Planned last day of the 2020-21 school year date: June 16, 2021.
Part I – MANDATORY Health Requirements
The local educational agency (LEA) must use the Department of Health (DOH) and Labor and Industries (L&I) guidance to create reopening plans aligned to health and safety requirements. All LEAs should maintain consistent communication with their local health authorities as reopening plans evolve.
Our district has identified our primary local health officer(s).
Please list the name(s) of your primary local health officer(s):
Patty Hayes, RN, MN, Director, King County Public Health.
Our district has identified a primary district-level point of contact for our reopening effort.
Please list the name and contact information for your primary district-level point of contact:
Matt Gillingham, Associate Superintendent, firstname.lastname@example.org
We have reviewed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of high-risk employees and we have clearly communicated with staff their opportunity to identify themselves as high-risk.
We are engaging self-identified high-risk employees to address accommodations consistent with L&I requirements and the Governor’s proclamation about high-risk employees.
We have reviewed our drop-off and pick-up plans to provide proper physical distancing and minimal opportunities for parents and other adults, who are not staff, to enter our buildings.
We have a daily health screening plan in place for students and staff.
Please identify which health screening protocol best fits your school district planning.
Our plan is to rely on attestations, but to screen staff who do not provide an attestation that a screen was done at home before school and students who do not provide an attestation that a screening was conducted by a parent, guardian, or caregiver before school.
We have altered our indoor classroom and common spaces and reconfigured our processes to ensure six feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework.
We are using additional common spaces to ensure six feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework.
We are using additional community-based spaces outside of our school facilities to ensure six feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework.
We understand that this is a planning framework and there will be limited times when students and/or staff may need to be within six feet for short periods of time.
We understand there are limited exceptions to the six-foot rule, but we will accommodate students with disabilities or others who meet the exceptions in order to deliver equitable services, which may include providing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff and/or the student.
We have altered physical spaces, reconfigured schedules, and adopted necessary plans to provide meals to students that ensures six feet of physical distance between all persons as a planning framework.
We have established clear expectations and procedures to ensure frequent hand washing in all of our facilities for students and staff.
We have established clear expectations with students, staff, and families that all persons in our facilities will be wearing face coverings consistent with DOH and L&I requirements, including any of the narrow exceptions identified by DOH and L&I in guidance.
We have an adequate supply of face coverings on our premises to accommodate students who arrive at school without a face covering.
We will provide adequate face coverings and other PPE requirements to protect all staff in each building and/or worksite consistent with the law and L&I guidance.
We have developed busing plans to maximize physical distancing on our buses as much as possible on a given bus route.
We recognize that busing is an exception to the six-foot rule, as long as we exercise proper cleaning, maximum ventilation when reasonable, face coverings on students and adults, and proper PPE for our drivers.
We have developed a cleaning regimen in our facilities and buses consistent with DOH guidance and the Infection Control Handbook 2010.
We have clearly established procedures, in coordination with our local health authority, to report any suspected or known cases of COVID-19.
We understand that contact tracing and any other procedures to identify additional COVID-19 cases are to be conducted and led by the local health authority, the Washington State Department of Health, or a designee at the direction of the public health authority.
Part II – Statutory Education Requirements
We have established a school calendar to accommodate 180 instructional days and the required instructional hours assuming all of the guided learning planned by and under the direction of the certificated teacher counts (in-person face-to-face, distance learning on screen with a teacher, independent learning assigned and evaluated by a teacher, and any other directed learning) subject to the State Board of Education requirements outlined in WAC 180-16-200.
We have created a flexible calendar with additional days that may be needed to address short-term school closure in the event that our facilities are not accessible as directed by a public health authority or the Governor, and for which we were not able to make an immediate transition to Continuous Learning 2.0.
Please upload a copy of your school calendar.
In order to accommodate the instructional hours requirements, please describe your typical weekly schedule for students and professional collaboration. Include any reasonable options to maximize cohorts of students to reduce the risk of possible virus transmissions.
- For elementary, please describe:>Elementary schools will begin the school year in an all remote delivery model. Teachers will be connecting with students online. Normal school hours will be expected with a combination of synchronous learning and individual assignment time.
- For middle school, please describe: Middle schools will begin the school year in an all remote delivery model. Teachers will be connecting with students online. Normal school hours will be expected with a combination of synchronous learning and individual assignment time.
- For high school, please describe: Secondary schools will begin the school year in an all remote delivery model. Teachers will be connecting with students online. Normal school hours will be expected with a combination of synchronous learning and individual assignment time.
We have a plan to take daily attendance for all students, regardless of our teaching modality, as well as a tiered approach to supporting students not participating and aligned to the OSPI attendance rules.
We have a clear plan for ongoing communication with students and families, and we have provided a means by which all students will be required to check in daily even on days when the student is not physically present at school.
We have identified learning standards across grade levels and/or content areas to ensure instructional time and professional learning are effectively tied to our reopening plan.
We have determined our 2020–21 grading policies. Yes
If yes: We have reviewed our grading practices, learned from decision-making this spring, and established the following grading system:
- For elementary, please describe: Teams of teachers and administrators have identified essential learning standards in core academic classes. We will continue to refine in September.
- For middle school, please describe: Teams of teachers and administrators have identified essential learning standards in core academic classes We will continue to refine in September.
- For high school, please describe: Teams of teachers and administrators have identified essential learning standards in core academic classes. We are also looking at research from Hattie, Fisher and Frey on grading practices.
Part III – Additional Expectations
Our district has a specific plan to support students who received “incompletes” in the spring of 2020.
If yes: Please briefly describe that plan:
An incomplete was used when a teacher could not determine proficiency. A COVID-I was issued with the opportunity to engage in learning through the Summer Credit Recovery program. This program provides essential skills in content areas.
Our district developed summer learning and services opportunities for students who needed additional support to be ready for success this fall. Yes
If yes: What percentage of your students did you provide services to? 3% of 31,000 students participated: 745 Elementary, 199 Secondary (We proactively had Invited 1,300 Elem and 1,304 Secondary)
If yes: Please briefly describe the learning and service opportunities you provided, including any programs or targeted supports:
Elem Summer Literacy Academy for students at-risk for reading difficulties, as well aome students who were not able to participate in remote learning during the Spring. We also had English Learner Programs to support long-term English Learners.
If yes: Please briefly describe your process for prioritizing your students furthest from educational justice:
We had 54 students in Extended Sch Year programs; We served 8 in person, 7 in home, rest remotely. Also a Credit Recovery Program for those who failed a course req for graduation with a focus on standards in Eng Lang Arts, Science, Math, & Social Studies.
We have a plan to perform a universal screening of each student when they return to school to better understand their strengths, learning needs, and social-emotional needs.
If no: Please briefly describe the efforts you are engaging in with respect to screening students when they return to school in the fall:
LWSD adopted a math and literacy screener for our K-8 students and it will be in place to start the year. For 9-12 math, we will use our digital curriculum math tools to screen students in the fall. We are researching screening for literacy in 9-12.
Our district has developed a family and community engagement process that includes strategies to reach non-English speaking families to inform our reopening plan.
Please briefly describe your engagement strategy and the organizations or individuals who took part in your planning effort:
We are translating written communication in advance, using AI translation tools on our website and communication tools. We are producing videos in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on how to navigate remote school & texting the links to families.
Our district has invested in additional accessible technology, hardware, or connectivity for students and educators as we have prepared for fall reopening.
Please identify the percentage of students that you believe have adequate technology and connectivity to learn remotely during the 2020–21 school year.
91 – 100%
Please briefly describe your strategy to accommodate students during the 2020–21 school year who do not have adequate technology or connectivity to effectively learn remotely:
We have moved to having a 1 to 1 technology device for K-12. We are collecting family surveys for those that need WIFI access. District laptops will be issued pre-configured with LWSD approved program access.
Our district has provided professional learning for our educators to prepare them for effective instruction during the 2020–21 school year.
If yes: Please briefly describe the professional learning provided or facilitated by the district:
We have required training using both online sessions, and live webinars for Learning, Planning & Application for remote instruction using Classroom Teams. We have an expert author on Remote Learning sharing best practices on assignments & assessments.
Our district has selected a primary learning management system for consistent use with students across the district during the 2020–21 school year.
If yes: Please select or write-in the primary learning management system the district is using with students: