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Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

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An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.

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    Wellness

    The COVID-19 pandemic and school closure impact regular ways of living. Wellness practices may not be the highest priority each day. Including wellness-related activities, when there is time to, may be helpful in dealing with current increased stress and anxiety.   

    Wellness is the result of making choices that promote positive ways of coping and nurturing a healthy body. Wellness practices during this time will likely feel and look different than practices under typical circumstances. Anxiety and stress are common during periods of uncertainty and can challenge our ability to cope. However, it is possible to adjust typical practices to foster social, emotional and physical wellness during the COVID-19 closure.  

    The concept of wellness incorporates all parts of life, and is usually includes social, emotional and physical wellness. Below are four categories of tips that may be helpful during the current closure. 

    Social wellness includes opportunities to connect with others. This may be especially challenging during the stay at home measures. However, there are a variety of ways to stay in touch with others and receive social support.

    Emotional wellness includes being able to identify our feelings and manage them. While schools are closed, individuals may be experiencing a wide variety of emotions, including stress and anxiety.

    Physical wellness is about activities that promote a healthy body. Eating nutritious food and staying active are key components to physical wellness. 

    Latest wellness tips & resources

    Social and Emotional Support

    As a district we believe in the social and emotional well-being of our students. This video shows the ways in which LWSD is ensuring that students have opportunities for connection in the remote learning environment.

    • Social Support
    LWSD Virtual Family Field Day

    Use important skills like working together and being creative when building your own Virtual Family Field Day.

    • Physical Activity