May 7, 2021: Secondary COVID-19 District Evaluation & Pathway Forward Update

Per the District’s evaluation, all LWSD Schools will continue with current learning model. No changes to 4-day per week schedule.

As we returned our secondary students to their campuses, we indicated that we would set benchmark dates for evaluating COVID case rates and test positivity on four dates throughout the remainder of this school year (April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4). As of today, the following data is being reported by King County Public Health: 

County Cases per 100,000 over 14 days Test Positivity Rate
King 249.7 4.4%*
LWSD Reported Region Cases per 100,000 over 14 days Test Positivity Rate
Kirkland 137.4 4.8%
Redmond 166.1 4.8%
Union Hill 136.2 5.4%
Sammamish 96.8 3.8%
* represents test positivity for 5/6/21, data for past 14 days is not currently reported at the county level
Metrics Key
  Green Orange Red
Case Rate 0-179 180-219 220 or higher
Test Positivity 0% - 8.9% 9% - 10.9% 11% or higher

Additionally, we have been monitoring positive cases in our schools to determine if there is any evidence of a COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses. You can view our health and safety dashboard here: Health & Safety Dashboard - Lake Washington School District (

According to the Washington State Department of Health, a COVID-19 outbreak is considered when the following have been met: 

  • There are two or more laboratory-positive (PCR or antigen) COVID-19 cases among students or staff. 
  • The cases have a symptom onset within a 14-day period of each other. 
  • The cases are epidemiologically linked. 
  • The cases do not share a household. 
  • The cases are not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during the investigation.
Contact tracing does not demonstrate evidence of spread on our campus  Contact tracing indicates limited (less than 5) epidemiologically linked cases Contact tracing indicates significant spread on our campus  

Therefore, as a result of our evaluation of this data, all LWSD Schools will continue with current learning model. No changes to 4-day per week schedule

Calendar Questions
A number of questions have come in from families about May 28, June 1 and June 16. As of July 22, 2020, LWSD changed May 28 from a LEAP Day (non-student day) to a regular school day. It was announced at that same time that the last day of school would be changed from June 17 to June 16. Schedule information about the last day of school will be shared soon. As shared in previous messages, June 1 is a non-school day for students. It was on the calendar as a snow make-up day. However, we did not have any district-wide snow days, so June 1 will be a non-school day. To confirm:

  • May 28 – Regular school day
  • June 1 – Non-student day
  • June 16 – Last day of school (schedule information will be shared soon).

The LWSD one-page sheet calendar is available here, and is updated after calendar changes are announced. 

New online-only school expanded to grades 11-12; will debut in the 2021-22 school year
Enrollment for the new online school has expanded to include incoming 11th and 12th grade students. Families of incoming 9th–12th grade students can access the enrollment application. Enrollment is open until May 16.

Currently, this is the only online learning option for Lake Washington School District high school students next year. There are 150 seats available for families who wish to enroll in the online school. The District will evaluate expanding this number based on enrollment needs. 

Families who want to learn more about the new school can watch a recording of the May 4 Online School Information Session, available here

An FAQ document has been created from questions about the online school. That document, which includes a course list, is available at this link

More information about choice schools and the lottery process can be found at this link.

Information about Alternative Learning can be found at this link.


Dr. Jon Holmen
Lake Washington School District