After competing in four trials on Zoom February 12-13, the International Community School (ICS) “Crimson” team took first place at the East King County Mock Trial Tournament. They will go on to the state tournament March 17-21.
Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”
After exploration of various creative models, we settled on AB/AB hybrid model (Group A Monday and Thursday mornings; Group B Tuesday and Friday) with students receiving In-Person instruction two mornings a week following the same start and end times as Kindergarten and First grades. At-home learning will occur the other three days a week. Our ability to implement other created solutions was limited by physical distancing protocols, health and safety requirements, transportation hurdles, staffing resources, and financial considerations.
Lake Washington School District will continue the staggered return of students beginning March 18-19 (AB) for second and third grade and March 29-30 (AB) for fourth and fifth grade following a phased in approach in accordance with public health guidance. We know that families and staff need dates and details to plan for this transition. Together, we are working to meet that need and release information. Based on survey data from families, approximately half of our students will remain in remote learning. Class rosters will be adjusted to meet health considerations, staffing availability, and family requests for in-person or remote learning. Like the return of kindergarten and first grade, second through fifth grade students will participate in asynchronous learning for a week prior to the return date. District administration and building principals will send additional information to families as it becomes available.
These outcomes are results of our on-going collaborative planning which requires finalization between the District and the Executive Committee of Lake Washington Education Association. The parties historically use a problem-solving approach to dive deeply into issues and reach consensus. LWEA and LWSD acknowledge and appreciate the high-quality work and solutions achieved through this process. We continue to negotiate the impacts of these changes to create a final negotiated agreement.
LWEA President Howard Mawhinney stated, “The District and the Association have a long-standing tradition of student-focused, collaborative planning. We believe the added effort required of this approach leads to superior results. On behalf of our 2,100 members, I want to thank district leadership for supporting this essential work.
Moreover, I want to thank the 100+ LWEA members who have sacrificed their evenings and weekends to participate. Their expertise has had a significant, positive impact on our ability to ensure that all students, including nearly 50% of students who are electing to continue remote learning, will experience safe, well-functioning classrooms and a meaningful educational experience.”
We appreciate the community’s understanding during these challenging times.
|Dr. Jon Holmen||Howard Mawhinney|
Lake Washington Education Association
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- K-1 Remote Class Sizes
Dear LWSD Staff and Families:
As an organization we continue to make strides as we prepare to shift learning models for our Kindergarten and First grade students on February 18. As a reminder our transition activity timelines are as follows:
- Asynchronous Learning Week for teacher prep: January 22-28
- K-1 Conferences: January 29, February 1 & 2
- Instruction with current students: February 3-10
- Schools notify families of class placement: February 8
- Asynchronous learning for current students: February 16 & 17
- Start of new K-1 Learning Model: February 18
- Grade K-1 return to in-person adjusted to start on February 18.
- Asynchronous student learning continuing January 22-28 for K-1 teacher planning and preparation.
- Grade 2-3 return to in-person (hybrid model) adjusted to start at the beginning to middle of March.
- Grade 4-5 return to in-person (hybrid model) adjusted to start at the middle to end of March.
- Secondary adjustment beyond March with additional information coming.