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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    Head Start Preschool Program

    What is Head Start?

    Head Start is a federally funded program that offers services for the entire family. The heart of our Head Start program is preschool classes for children. The high quality preschool experience provided is aimed at kindergarten readiness. Children participate in learning activities including social development and problem-solving. They receive developmental screenings, nutritious hot meals, health screenings and follow-up.

    Each classroom has at least two skilled and trained teachers who work with parents to design individual learning plans for each child. If children qualify for special education services, the services are provided as part of the preschool day. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and to extend their child's learning and growth at home.

    Each classroom is also staffed with a Family Support Specialist. Parents of Head Start children are encouraged to set goals for themselves and their families, and they receive assistance in meeting these goals. Depending on individual family needs, parents may receive assistance with employment and training, parenting skills, leadership development and social services.

    How students qualify for services

    The program is federally funded and free to eligible families. 90% of the program's enrollment is reserved for families whose income is at or below the poverty level, while 10% is available to children facing other challenges, including disabilities.

    How to apply for Head Start Preschool:

    To apply for Head Start Preschool, parents/guardians must:

    1. Complete a preschool application. (Spanish preschool application).
    2. Provide verification of income as indicated on the application.
    3. Make sure the child is up-to-date on required immunizations.

    You can also call the Preschool Office at 425-936-1170 to receive an application.

    Completed applications can be mailed to:

    A.G. Bell Elementary School
    C/O: Preschool FSS
    11212 NE 112th St
    Kirkland, WA 98033

    How children are selected for preschool

    Selection is based on several criteria including family concerns, concerns for the child and level of family income. First priority is given to families who meet these criteria. All other applicants receive placement based on available space.