August 28, 2020

Dear LWSD Families:

This is the final weekly communication of the summer related to the Return to School Task Force efforts. Moving forward, I will be providing updates/communication specific to the Return to School Task Force during the first week of each month. This will align with my commitment to staff and families to provide monthly updates related to the spread of the virus, our analysis of this data, and continued planning for when students can return for in-person learning.

I know that both staff and families have been diligently preparing for the start of school next week. Staff have been actively engaged in professional learning, planning, and collegial collaboration to start the year off right. The work involved with providing high-quality remote teaching and learning is substantial and I greatly appreciate the time, energy, and effort our staff have put into preparing for students. We know each moment of remote learning won’t be perfect. We have learned that firsthand from the majority of District business being moved to online environments. Each of us that has spent time working, meeting or communicating in digital platforms has experienced the random challenge that comes with the environment. That will be true for our teachers and students as well. It will be important for all of us to understand this and help navigate those challenges both technically and emotionally. It is similar to when things don’t go as planned in classrooms; all involved regroup and move forward.

I look forward to hearing about how the start of school goes this year for all our learners.


School Based Communication
It is important to note that the majority of information that will help families prepare for school has transitioned to your child’s school. Questions about laptops, teacher placement and schedules are being responded to at the school level. If you have not received communication from your school, please reach out directly to the school for information. As families have more control over the messaging received from schools and the district, there are times when someone changes notifications inadvertently causing the school’s communication to not be sent to that specific person. This can be updated in Family Access located in Skyward.


Elementary Laptop Access and Availability
Lake Washington School District has a laptop for every student. There are a number of variables that our Technology Operations Department and schools are working through to get the right number of laptops to each of our elementary sites. This requires shifting laptops between schools and accessing inventory located at our warehouse. The Technology Operations Department is in constant communication with school leaders to finalize laptop distribution. If you have questions about your child’s laptop, please contact your school directly for updated information about pick up times. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are committed to working with you to make sure your child is prepared with the necessary equipment for Tuesday.


Fall grab and go meals begin Tuesday, September 1
Lake Washington School District is offering meals to enrolled Lake Washington School District students (Grades K through 12) starting Tuesday, September 1. Please note, this is different than the Free Meal Program that began in March due to the emergency closure. Beginning September 1, meals may be charged to the student’s account based on student’s eligibility status.

The menu is available here.

Meals should be ordered in advance and will be available for pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each pickup will include multiple meals. Tuesday meal pickups will be meals for Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday meal pickups will be for Thursday, Friday and Monday.

Meals will be available at the following schools:

If you are unable to pick up meals at one of our six distribution schools, please fill out this survey regarding future pickup locations. Please note, by filling out this survey you are providing information that will help us in making decisions and does not guarantee your requested delivery location will be added.

Cost Per Meal:

  • Reduced breakfast: Free
  • Reduced lunch: Grades K-3, Free; Grades 4-12, $.40
  • Paid breakfast: Grades K-5, $1.75; Grades 6-12, $2.00
  • Paid lunch: Grades K-5, $3.25, Grades 6-12, $3.50  

Meals will be charged to the student’s account according to student’s eligibility status.

If you don’t already have an account set up, you may do so at Here you can make payments to your student’s meal account by credit card. 

There must be sufficient funds in a student’s meal account to cover the cost of meals if you do not qualify for free meal benefits.

Pre-payments by check to be applied to a student account can be made on site at each of the distribution sites or arranged through the Nutrition Services office at 425-936-1393. 

We will not be accepting cash payments for meals.

For more information, or to place an order, visit:

Free & reduced lunch: How to apply

  • If you were approved for free or reduced meal benefits in the 2019-20 school year, you will continue to receive these benefits until October 13, 2020. You must have a new 2020-21 free and/or reduced application submitted by October 1 in order to avoid a lapse in meal benefits.
  • If you did not receive meal benefits during the course of the 2019-20 school year, or are new to the Lake Washington School District, you may apply at any time by filling out an application. Eligibility will be determined within 10 days of receipt of application.
  • Hard copies of the application form will be available at the meal distribution locations.
  • Completed application can be scanned and emailed to:, or
  • Printed and mailed to: LWSD Business Services, 16250 NE 74th St., Redmond, WA  98052


Microsoft Classroom Teams video tutorial for families
Need help using Microsoft Classroom Teams? Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has created a video tutorial to help families navigate this online learning platform. Visit

As always, feel free to reach out to your student’s librarian for any help navigating technical issues you may be having like forgotten passwords.

Additional Help Resources:


Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District