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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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    Safety and Security

    Police officer talks with students as they leave school.
    Keeping students and staff safe is a top priority. One of our strategic goals is to "provide safe and innovative learning environments."
     
    The District and its schools plan and practice safety and emergency preparation, response and recovery. These efforts involve staff, students and parents, as well as local fire departments and law enforcement.
     
    We have an established District Safety Structure and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). LWSD continually assesses districtwide safety needs, implementation of safety measures and protocols, identifies training needs, and ensures response to changing conditions.
     

    What Is a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)?

    A Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is a documented plan with elements that address all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters to which an entity is vulnerable.

    There are five components of a CEMP:

    Executive Safety Team

    Purpose statement:
    To set overall direction of districtwide safety and security measures. In conjunction with the Safety Advisory Committee, decides on safety enhancements to include in district funding measures presented for Board approval.

    Meets quarterly to assess current safety needs and ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Dr. Jane Stavem - Superintendent

    Membership:

    • Dr. Jon Holmen - Deputy Superintendent
    • Barbara Posthumus - Associate Superintendent of Business & Support Services
    • Matt Gillingham – Associate Superintendent of Student & Community Services
    • Brian Buck – Director of Support Services
    • Scott Emry - Risk & Safety Manager
    • Rick Burden – Director of Elementary Education
    • Shannon Parthemer – Director of Communications
    • Sally Askman - Director of Technology Operations
    • Cat Robinson - Emergency Manager

    Safety Advisory Committee

    Purpose statement:
    To provide districtwide guidance with our community partners in safety, security and emergency preparedness.

    Meets monthly to assess implementation of safety protocols, assess implementation and training needs to ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Scott Emry, Risk & Safety Manager

    Membership:

    • King County Sheriff
    • Kirkland Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Redmond Police Department, Fire Department
    • Sammamish Police Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Eastside Fire & Rescue
    • Evergreen Health
    • PTSA
    • LWSD building and central office administrators