The John Muir Elementary PTSA held their annual Welcome Back Social just a few days after school started. Families, staff and community members greeted one another and met Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks mascot.
Frequently Asked Questions
The project to rebuild and expand Juanita High School's (JHS) academic building is funded by a $398 million construction bond, approved by voters in April 2016. The bond funds eight school projects in total. These schools will help serve the rapid enrollment growth in Lake Washington School District (LWSD).
LWSD has actively engaged staff and community throughout the JHS design process. This page provides responses to the questions that were most frequently asked during staff and community meetings and via the Let’s Talk online system. As information is updated or added, we will include the date of the change next to the question.
If you have more questions or comments, please contact us via the Let’s Talk online system.
- Construction work on the Juanita High School project is phased. What will be done during each phase?
Summer 2017 – Fall 2019
The district accelerated the schedule and began work in June 2017. This early start allows the school to open in 2020, one year earlier than planned.
- Construction began in June 2017
- The administration wing was demolished in July 2017. Administration is housed in a portable on the tennis courts, located at the Northwest corner of the JHS site.
- In August 2017, 12 portables were moved to the tennis court, tennis courts close.
- Fieldhouse and athletic fields remain available for use by JHS; access by other organizations will be limited
- Swimming pool remains open for use by the school and by the community
Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
- No construction activity during this time
Spring 2018 – Spring 2019
- Construction work resumes in April 2018
- Northeast parking areas close on April 2, 2018
- The theater will be demolished in June 2018, after the 2017-18 school year is completed
- The North wing will be demolished in Summer 2018
- Four additional portables will be moved to the tennis courts in Summer 2018
Summer 2019 – Fall 2020
- Remaining portions of the current school building will be demolished in summer 2019
- Six portables will be removed in Fall 2019 leaving 10 portables
- North parking lot reopens in Fall 2019
- Theater opens in early 2020
- Remaining portables are removed from the site in Summer 2020
- Construction on the school ends in August 2020, some site work continues
- East parking lot reopens in Fall 2020
- The school is complete and open to students and staff in Fall 2020
Fall 2020 – Winter 2021
- Tennis courts are restored in early 2021
- Final site work is completed
- How are construction personnel identified?
- What measures are in place to protect students, staff and visitors from construction activities, and to provide for safe navigation around the site?
- Is there a process in place for criminal background checks for construction personnel working on the site?
- Are there hazardous materials in the building such as asbestos and lead paint?
Construction workers can be identified by the protective gear they wear, such as a high visibility safety vest and hard hat. All construction workers are required to check in with the construction site superintendent immediately upon arrival at the job site each day and as they leave for the day. The contractor keeps a log of all employees who are on site.
A safety officer will always be on site during construction activities to actively monitor safe work practices, including measures that protect pedestrian safety. The construction area is fenced off from other parts of the campus. Only authorized persons are able to access the work site. Clear signage identifies pedestrian pathways.
In addition, structural walls separate the occupied portions of the school from construction activities. One wall is placed at the point where the west wing (from the main office and south) is detached from the rest of the building.
The contractor has an excellent safety record and follows all applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) regulations.
Yes. Some regulated materials were used in the building before codes were updated. We asked a third party to conduct a complete assessment of the type and location of regulated materials in the building. The contractor is required to follow all regulations for the removal of regulated materials prior to building demolition. The contractor will follow all regulations specified by the appropriate state agency. We plan for this work to occur when students and staff are not on campus.
- Will there be vehicular and pedestrian signage to help with outdoor directions between portables and the main building?
- Will passing periods be extended to allow for students to move to and from portables to the furthest point in the main building?
- How will a standard portable classroom be set up? Will students have access to technology in the portables as they do now in the main building classrooms?
- Will tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), College Readiness Assessment (ACT), Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge and other state testing be impacted by the construction?
- What steps is the project team taking to mitigate construction noise and activity to avoid negative impact to the learning environment?
- Will there be enough restrooms for students and staff during each phase?
The portable classrooms will be set up per district standards.When classrooms move to a portable, technology equipment will also be moved, along with furniture and other items. The classroom technology in portables includes the projection equipment, active board, speaker system and teaching station. The infrastructure to support wireless internet will also be available.
Maintaining a supportive learning environment is a top priority for administrators and the construction project team. Testing will continue to take place on site. Certain construction activities will be scheduled so that impact to the learning environment is minimized, to the extent possible. Special consideration will be given to the timing of testing periods.
If areas where testing is typically held are affected by construction activity, the school will plan for alternate testing locations.
- The theater and performing arts spaces will be demolished and will not be available from the start of summer break in 2018 through the end of August 2019. Where will these activities be held?
- Where will the other music programs, currently held in the performance arts wing, be held during construction?
- Will the counseling and career center be relocated for temporary use when it is impacted by the construction?
- Where will tennis practice take place while the tennis court area is used for temporary portables?
- Will any part of the campus be open for outside building use once construction begins, or will it be closed to all outside groups during the construction period?
- How will the field house and athletic fields be affected by construction?
- Will the pool be available at all regularly scheduled times, or will access be interrupted? What is the impact to the Wave Aquatics program, including parking?
Classes will be held on-site during construction. The current performing arts wing will be in place during most of the 2017-18 school year. Performances after this time will be off-site. School administrators are working to find the best place(s) to hold our music performances from 2018-2020. The school will announce the decisions as they are made.
The JHS tennis program is relocating to Lake Washington High School (LWHS) for the duration of the construction period. The administration is coordinating schedules to ensure that there is adequate space at LWHS. Tennis team members will receive more information directly from JHS administration. LWHS is located at 12033 N.E. 80th ST, Kirkland.
Access by outside groups to the field house and athletic fields will be limited during construction. (July 2017 – Fall 2020). Juanita High School classes and teams will continue to use the facilities.
It is possible that there will be intermittent, temporary traffic and parking interruptions during construction. This may be necessary to accommodate large deliveries to the site or due to needed power or other utility interruptions.
In general, the pool and the Wave Aquatics program will be available throughout the construction period, 2017–2020. There may be intermittent, temporary traffic and parking interruptions to accommodate large deliveries to the site or due to utility work. JHS will avoid disruption to pool availability, to the extent possible. We will coordinate any disruption to pool operation with Wave Aquatics.
- How will student drop-off and traffic circulation (by bus and by car) be affected by each phase?
- When the number of parking spaces is reduced by approximately one half, how will parking impacts be mitigated?
Parking availability will decrease/increase per the phases of the school.
As of April 2, 2018, the northeast areas of parking were closed. This reduces the number of spaces available on campus from 629 to 361 spaces.More students have been carpooling and taking the bus to help minimize traffic and parking on site.
We estimate that the northeast parking area will reopen in fall 2019 (adding back 204 spaces), and that the east parking area will reopen in the fall of 2020 (adding back an additional 64 spaces).