February 8, 2021


Key Highlights

  • Current Health and Safety Data 
  • Learning Models in Washington State 
  • Travel Advisory 
  • Technology Help 
  • Pathway Forward Guide and Videos for K-1 Families 
  • K-1 Transition 
  • Grades 2-5 Update 
  • Secondary (Grades 6-12) Update 

Dear LWSD Families: 

As we enter into this short school week, I want to provide you with an update related to some data sources that help provide context for our efforts here in LWSD. 

Health and Safety Data
Current Health and Safety Data related to COVID-19 places our county in the moderate range per the Washington Department of Health Toolkit.  

King County:  

  • Cases: As of Friday, February 5, King County reported 188 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. (moderate range between 50-350 cases/100,000) 
  • Trends: Both cases and hospitalization are trending down. 
  • Test Positivity: Continues to be reported between 5-10% 

Local
Cases as of February 6 

  • Kirkland reporting 116 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days 
  • Redmond reporting 63 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days 
  • Union Hill reporting 64 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days 
  • Sammamish reporting 75 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days 

Learning Models in Washington State

A data set that is newly available is the School Reopening Data from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). These data are required to be reported weekly from all 295 school districts in the state and OSPI updates on the same weekly schedule. 

These data views help to understand the level of remote and in-person learning services currently made available across Washington state.  Some high-level data points from this data set: 

  • 24% of students in Washington participate in an in-person learning experience at least one time weekly 
  • There are notable differences between the percent of students participating in an in-person learning experience at least one time weekly between elementary, middle and high school (34%, 18%, 15% respectively). 
  • The data suggests that more densely populated areas have transitioned slower to in-person learning models. 
  • The data suggests that smaller school districts tend to have more in-person learning options. 
  • No districts in the Puget Sound region have middle or high school partial in-person learning for all students or typical/traditional in-person learning for all students. 

I would encourage you to take a look at this data tool as it provides current information about the provision of in-person and remote learning across the state. 

Travel Advisory 
With Mid-Winter Break at the end of this week (no school for students Thursday, February 11 or Friday, February 12, and no school for Presidents Day on Monday, February 15), we want to remind families about the state of Washington’s travel recommendations. 

Throughout this pandemic, we have highlighted the role the community plays in minimizing the spread of the virus. This has been done by a number of measures and includes paying attention to the travel guidance put out by the Washington Department of Health and Governor Inslee. If you are traveling for non-essential purposes, we ask that you review the travel guidance and follow the steps outlined. By following this guidance, we can ensure that our schools, classrooms, and community are in alignment with health and safety precautions. Thank you for your attention to this guidance. 

Technology Help 
In a continued effort to ensure families and students have the needed technical support for learning, we have expanded our hours of service for technology support as we transition to both in-person and remote teaching and learning. In addition to our online support resources, the new Family Technology Access support can now be reached anytime a need arises, 24 x 7, by both email (ftaccess@lwsd.org) and phone (425-936-1322). Family Technology Access will answer questions you may have regarding our district laptops, software programs, login access, and Internet connectivity. Your LWSD Technology Helpdesk team has proudly responded to over 28,000 support tickets so far this school year and is ready to help when you need it.  

Please visit our webpage for technology support information, guidelines, and best practices

Pathway Forward Guide and Videos for K-1 Families 
LWSD’s Pathway Forward Guide for K-1 Families is now available on our website. We are currently in the process of translating this guide into additional languages, and have it available on our website as both a PDF and as a page that can be translated into other languages by clicking the globe “Translate” widget at the top left corner of the website. 

In addition, LWSD has created a series of videos to help families understand the basics of our Safety Plan for returning K-1 students to in-person learning. You can find the videos here. We are working to translate these videos into additional languages as well.  

We highly recommend that families review the guide and the videos prior to the return of K-1 students on Thursday, February 18. 

K-1 Transition 
During the final preparation for a kindergarten and first grade transition on February 18, K-1 teachers will be posting asynchronous lessons on February 16 and 17. Teachers may use the lessons like those used during the week of January 25. K-1 teachers will communicate with families about what to expect on those days. 

Grades 2-5 Update 
The District continues to engage in active negotiations with the Lake Washington Education Association regarding working conditions for staff. When these negotiations are finalized, we will be able to provide a timeline for grades 2-3 and 4-5. 

Secondary Update 
As previously reported, we are still targeting the last week in February to host a Live Event to provide an update on Secondary schools. When this has been finalized, we will send that information out to families. 

Thank you for helping our schools as we work to support our students. 

Respectfully,  
Jon  
 

Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent 
Lake Washington School District