More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.



    Pathway Forward Guide

    Pathway Forward: A Guide for Lake Washington School District Families
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    The Lake Washington School District Guide 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

    Updated 4/14/21.

    Pathway Forward

    Starting in February, we will begin bringing our youngest learners back into classrooms (as of April 5, 2021):

    • Thursday, February 18: Kindergarten & First Grade Students 
    • Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19: Grade 2-3 Students 
    • Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30: Grade 4-5 Students
    • Monday, April 19: Grades K-12 (4 days/week)

    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 the 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 appropriate physical distance).
    • 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 checking 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