Tesla STEM - Bhowal and Porwal

Two rising seniors from Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM) used mapping to tackle an important issue for a local endangered species. Siddhant Porwal and Druhin Bhowal brought awareness to the Southern Resident Orca Whale (SROW) population decline through state and national ArcGIS mapping competitions.



    Employee Vaccination Information

    Lake Washington School District began securing the vaccination status of employees after the Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 20, 2021. This proclamation required that all school employees be fully vaccinated or apply for and be granted a medical or religious exemption by October 18, 2021.  

    The District takes the health and safety of all its students, staff, and school community members seriously. As of October 18, 2021, 97.5% of all LWSD staff are fully vaccinated exceeding both the state fully vaccinated rate of 71.4%  and the county fully vaccinated rate of 81.9%.   

    At this time, the District has just over 100 employees district-wide who have applied for and received medical or religious accommodations. The District followed guidance from OSPI in evaluating such requests; this process included an application process and meetings with applicants and members of the Human Resources department to evaluate each application. Additionally, the district has had to end the employment of a smaller subset of employees that failed to comply with the vaccination or exemption requirements.  

    Those employees that have been granted an exemption are expected to undergo regular COVID testing provided by the District and wear specific PPE provided by the District among other expectations. As information regarding a specific staff member is considered private and confidential, the District is not at liberty to disclose vaccination or medical or religious accommodations status of any individual staff member.  

    It is important to note that the Governor’s Proclamation has created many new and novel issues for all state agencies required to implement the proclamation. As such the District is working closely with OSPI, legal counsel, other school districts and its unions to move forward with the proper implementation of the Proclamation and to create best practices.  The District is also monitoring on a daily basis how the Proclamation is being implemented throughout the state and will adjust its practices accordingly over time.