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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

Lake Washington School District has finalized plans to make up for the days and time missed due to the January snow events. The 2019-20 calendar has been modified to reflect the changes.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - February 29, 2020


    In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  
     
    LWSD has activated our Emergency Operations Center. This team of LWSD staff is actively working to coordinate information, communications, and operations to ensure that we are being intentional about how best to prepare for and respond to the needs of our students and staff. As part of this activation, we have been in contact with EvergreenHealth, emergency management departments from our three cities, and the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County to provide the most current and factual information. 
     
    We know that many of you are wondering about school closures. At this time, we are planning to open schools as usual on Monday. We will update families should this decision change based on guidance from the Department of Public Health. 
     
    Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in our schools: 
    • Keep students home if they are sick. We have prepared general guidance for our families and staff on when to keep students home from school. It is available here.  Students who meet these criteria while at school will be isolated and sent home. Symptoms that child is too sick for school: 
      • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school. 
      • Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting. 
      • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.  
      • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill. 
      • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. 
      • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching. 
      • Ear infection: with fever. Without fever can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss. 
      • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye. 
      • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school. 
    • Wash hands frequently. Staff will work with all our students when they return to school on Monday to remind them of good hand washing procedures. 
    • Avoid hand to face contact, avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    In addition, custodians will continue with regular cleaning with an emphasis on touchpoints at all buildings and schools. 

    We will continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), should a case occur in one of our schools.  

    Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher, counselor or school administrator. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma here.   

    We will provide more frequent updates to families as we have updates or additional information to share. You can find these resources on our website.  

    Specific questions can be addressed via our “Let’s Talk” system, available on the front page of our LWSD website. Select “Coronavirus” as the interest area. 

    We know this is an uneasy time for our communities, and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together to keep kids and adults healthy.