July 31, 2020


Dear LWSD Families,

With the decision to start the year with the majority of students learning remotely, we have been able to direct much of our immediate attention towards planning for remote learning. Our teams, however, will continue to develop and document plans for students to return to in-person learning as our goal is always to be in-person with students as we know this is how most students learn best.

We continue to hear there are questions about whether families need to register for a model of learning (remote or hybrid) right now. The short answer is no. When we can start to phase students back to in-person learning, we will seek input from families regarding their desired learning model for their child. We know that as conditions change, so will the decisions a family could make for their child.  For fall 2020-21, each student will be placed in the school where they were planning to attend school. For most students that is their neighborhood school and for others it is based on a program location, choice school, or other unique situation.

As a district, we are deeply appreciative of our community. We are continuing to plan for a number of aspects that are critical to the success of our remote learning and will continue to provide updates and information weekly.

LWSD Technology
LWSD is committed to providing a district laptop to all students for remote instruction. A parent or guardian does have the choice of opting out from checking out the district laptop if they have a preferred device already available for their child’s schoolwork that better meets their personal circumstances. Please note that experiences on LWSD student laptops may at times offer additional resources or closer alignment of software experiences between teacher and student.

Schools will notify families of laptop check out dates starting mid-August to distribute all technology before school starts.

Technical support is being enhanced with expanded hours and more technical staff to answer phone calls and respond to emails to assist families.

Short parent/student training tutorials for Microsoft Classroom Teams will be posted before school starts.

Juniors and Seniors – LWTech is Offering Remote Running Start Courses this Fall
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is offering remote Running Start courses in the fall, available to 11th and 12th grade students. Courses will be predominately online and may include a variety of formats including online only, select on-campus classes/lab work with protective equipment, live-online class times, and more. Learn more here.

WIAA Announces Additional Changes to High School Athletics for 2020-21
The WIAA Executive Board continued its planning for the 2020-21 school year at their July 28 meeting and took action on a number of items regarding the scheduling of sports and activities for the upcoming year. After the announcement that the WIAA will sanction four seasons during the July 21 meeting, the Board continued to receive feedback from member schools as well as the planning committee assembled to provide guidance on the best path for returning to high school sports in Washington. Read the full release from WIAA here.

Updated FAQ
We are continuously working on updating the FAQ for the website. You can see our latest version here.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District