As our community continues to grow, LWSD is adding more space to ease overcrowding.
COVID Information for Families
Good afternoon Lake Washington families,
As you are aware, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) had a significant staffing shortage in our schools today which caused us to shift a number of staff to alternative job responsibilities. As important as it was to bring your attention to this issue, I believe it is equally important to recognize the staff that made today possible.
To ensure our students had a positive and productive day, school staff, central staff and central administration provided supervision support for things like lunch and recess and filled in for open classroom teaching positions.
I am so proud of our staff for how they rallied to support our students and families today. Our core work is about supporting students and the “all hands-on deck” approach provides evidence to the commitment of staff across the district. I also heard comments from our central staff and administrators about how great it was to spend time in our schools with our students and school staff.
Finally, I want to call attention to the great efforts our staff have been making all year. This year is uniquely challenging, and the stories of staff fatigue are real. The requirements of COVID protocols, contact tracing and quarantine provide an additional layer of difficulty to what we knew would be a challenging year. The LWSD staff continue to strive to make this year successful and positive for our students. I am deeply grateful to staff and administrators across our district for their ongoing efforts to support students.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your child each and every day.
Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District
Thank you so much for your patience as we adapt to changes in Public Health requirements for responding to COVID-19. This is an update on recent changes and LWSD's efforts to implement these changes efficiently.
- Public Health requirements include a negative PCR/NAAT COVID test in order for students who had exhibited COVID symptoms to return to school.
- We implemented a new contact tracing process to track student health issues more accurately. This process requires that proof of a negative COVID test be reviewed by a someone trained to review that information. As we transitioned to this new system, we have been experiencing delays in returning students with negative tests to school.
- We understand that such delays are frustrating for families. We want to ensure that healthy students return to school as soon as possible.
- To address the current delays, we are training additional staff in our schools to allow parents to share negative COVID test results directly with the school office for faster review and approval.
Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience as we respond to ongoing changes and create new systems to meet changes in Public Health guidelines for keeping our schools as safe as possible during the pandemic.
Lake Washington School District is providing the following information to help families and staff navigate the frequent changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow guidance from Public Health King County when it comes to determining when students can return to school when they are close contacts, test positive or have symptoms. Isolating and quarantining students or staff that present symptoms, test positive or have been close contacts is an important layer of safety to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within our schools.
When provided with a range of options we are using the safest options identified by King County Public Health. We will continue to evaluate the impact on our students and schools and may adopt other options identified by Public Health as conditions evolve.
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Classroom or School Closure in Case of Outbreak
Parent Notifies District if Child is Diagnosed with COVID
COVID-19 symptoms include:
Unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts and have a negative test will quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the person with COVID-19. Students and staff who are vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to quarantine.
Due to the high transmission risk in our community, we have adopted the safest option as stated by the CDC, Washington Dept. of Health and Public Health of Seattle and King County.
Students and staff with symptoms of illness are required to isolate for 10 days OR present a negative molecular COVID test in order to return to school. The COVID contact tracer will work with families to determine a return to school date.
Students cannot return to school after isolation or after receiving a negative test until they have been without a fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms have improved.
Families should access free testing sites or work with private providers as the first option for testing.
For families that cannot access these resources, the district will be offering testing.
Families will need to sign a consent form and provide insurance information (if available). There is no cost for testing.
Families will need to schedule an appointment for testing within the district.
The period of time to receive results is variable but typically 2-3 days.