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LWSD recognizes throughout the pandemic, there have been subtle and overt acts of hatred and violence towards our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our AAPI communities have contributed to our diverse community in meaningful ways. We condemn the acts of violence and hatred that have been perpetrated against our Asian communities and have cast a sense of fear among APPI community. As a school district, we stand in solidarity with our Asian communities.

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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.” 

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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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    March 17, 2021


    LWSD recognizes throughout the pandemic, there have been subtle and overt acts of hatred and violence towards our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our AAPI communities have contributed to our diverse community in meaningful ways. We condemn the acts of violence and hatred that have been perpetrated against our Asian communities and have cast a sense of fear among APPI community. As a school district, we stand in solidarity with our Asian communities.

    We are committed to creating environments for students and staff to thrive. This requires intentional actions to continually make our schools welcoming for our entire community of learners and educators. We are committed to protecting our students from fearing physical or psychological harm, hateful depictions or language of cultural heritages, where they are casted as outsiders. We will continue to work towards this goal of providing safe schools for our students and staff.

    Last Friday, our Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion Department provided professional learning for our teachers. The training focused on creating welcoming and safe spaces for our students and families. Staff members were provided strategies to create classrooms that are welcoming and culturally responsive. This type of training is a significant part in ensuring our schools and classrooms are places where each of our students can feel a sense of belonging.

    As we welcome back students and staff to our campuses over the next month, safety and well-being will be primary objectives for all of us. Being thoughtful about the lived experiences of our students during the pandemic is a critical aspect to the successful transition. Specifically, for Asian-American communities that have experienced harm or trauma over this last year; we remain committed to supporting a learning community that welcomes each student and family.

    Today we voice our commitment to all our communities and recognize those that have suffered loss over this last year.

    Respectfully,
    Jon

    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
    Lake Washington School District