Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 


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.”

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.



    Pathway Forward Guide

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    The Lake Washington School District Guide for K-1 Families is designed to highlight many of the ways we are modifying our operational practices as we reopen schools to keep students and staff as safe as possible. 

    We continue to work on plans for the return of more students to campus and will provide additional information on these plans to families and staff as they develop.

    Thank you for reading this guide and partnering with us for the safety of all students and staff.

    For the latest updates and information on our Pathway Forward plan, visit

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    Pathway Forward

    Starting in February, we will begin bringing our youngest learners back into classrooms (as of 1/21/21):

    • Thursday, February 18: Kindergarten & First Grade Students 
    • Early-Mid March: Grade 2-3 Students 
    • Mid-Late March: Grade 4-5 Students
    • TBD: Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
    • TBD: High School Students (Grades 9-12)

    Guiding Principles

    The following guiding principles and commitments at the center of our work. 

    • Protect the health and well-being of students, staff, and families.
    • Proactively address inequities related to race, ability, socio-economic status, and language that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
    • Educate each student.
    • Ensure active, consistent and meaningful connections with each student.
    • Engage our families.

    The Return to School Task Force and workgroups have been tasked with developing flexible plans that:

    • Mitigate and minimize the spread of Coronavirus in accordance with health agency guidance;
    • Keep staff and students safe and support social-emotional well-being and interactions
    • Prioritize inclusive access to learning for each student;
    • Enable staff and students to return to learning in ways that are significantly better than during our closures this year;
    • Support families.

    We Are All in This Together!

    We are in this together!

    Creating safe and healthy schools and district facilities for students and employees is our top priority. Lake Washington School District partners with Seattle/King County Public Health to make a range of decisions for our school community. This partnership includes close communication and consultation to ensure that health of students, families and staff. 
    Here are some of the steps we all can take to keep each other safe:

    Stay Well:

    • Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds each time).
    • Watch your distance (maintain physical distance of six feet).
    • Wear your mask. 
    • Stay home if you are sick.

    Daily Health Check:

    • Families should check their students and other family members before coming to schools. 
    • Employees will also be check themselves and their families prior to coming to work.
    • If there is any concern that you or someone in your immediate household is sick or exhibiting possible COVID symptoms, stay home.

    Responsible Reporting:

    • If you, or someone in your immediate family, has tested positive for COVID-19, is awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or has had direct contact with a positive case of COVID-19, please report it.
    • Employees should report a positive result to their building’s COVID-19 Supervisor immediately.
    • Families and students should report a positive result to the school nurse or school administrator immediately.
    • LWSD’s COVID Safety Plan, Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), and Positive Case Response Team are in place to quickly respond to cases in our population, provide next steps and support, maximize safety, maintain privacy, and ensure continuity of learning throughout quarantine.

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of COVID-19 include:

    • fever of 100.4 or above
    • cough
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • chills
    • fatigue 
    • muscle pain or body aches
    • headache
    • lost sense of taste or smell
    • sore throat
    • congestion or runny nose
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea, and/or
    • other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a documented preexisting condition.

    LWSD’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), and Positive Case Response Team are in place to quickly respond to cases in our population, provide next steps and support, maximize safety, maintain privacy, and ensure continuity of learning throughout quarantine