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'Tis the Season of Giving in Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Each year schools and district buildings across LWSD think of ways to benefit those most in need during the holiday season.

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It is one thing to get a score of five on any Advanced Placement (AP) exam, but to get every, single point possible is very unique. Elizabeth Fu, International Community School class of 2021, is one of just 375 students across the world to accomplish this.

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    Transportation

    School bus

    Pathway Forward

    At this time there is no change to our offering of transportation services, however our ability to transport all students may be limited due to special education routes and a reduced number of drivers. If numbers exceed our ability to transport, adjustments may need to be considered such as increasing walk zones and reconfiguring routes. Our ability to expand routes depends on the number of available bus drivers. The district is recruiting for bus drivers now

    Transportation Health and Safety Protocols

    Wellness screening
    Parents should evaluate students for symptoms of illness PRIOR to sending them to the bus stop. If their student is sick, the parent would need to keep them home from school.

    What are the expectations for students on the bus?

    • Masks are required while on the bus.
    • All windows at the front and rear of the bus and all roof hatches will be open to maintain proper ventilation and to create a circulation of air flow – students should dress appropriately for the bus ride.
    • Eating and drinking on the bus is not permissible.
    • Students should maintain physical distance when entering and leaving the bus.

    Ill student onboard

    • If a student appears to be ill while onboard the student will be assigned to a specified row.
    • Driver will call dispatch to notify the school.
    • The student will be sent to the health room upon arrival.

    Bus assignments
    Routes for K-12 will be communicated out to parents for the 2021-22 school year no later than August 25. Please make sure when you register for school, or complete the Student Information Verification System in Skyward Family Access, you indicate that you will need bus services.

    (updated 8/26/21)
     

    The district provides transportation only to those students living outside a one-mile radius, unless the district has reviewed walk routes and determined no safe walk routes are available. Within that boundary, our practice allows for elementary students to walk up to one and a half miles to school and middle and high school students to walk up to two miles. Students with walk distances that exceed these limits are eligible for bus service. These guidelines are used to establish all walk boundaries for the Lake Washington School District.

    E-Link: Your student's bus & stop times*

    2021-22 School & Bus Finder**

    *How to log in to E-Link:

    • Username: Family ID (from Skyward)
    • Password: Student's date of birth. Example: 01/21/2005  =  01212005

    **For Kindergarten, select "KD" from grade dropdown. This tool is only used for general education students. If you have a student receiving special education services, or a preschool student, you will receive your bus information from the Transportation Department directly.

    Riding the Bus

    If your student is eligible for transportation and you have requested to sign up to ride the bus during online registration, you will receive an automated email to the primary email address you have on file prior to the start of the school year. The email will contain your child’s bus stop, times of pickup/dropoff and the route number. You may also use E-Link or the School & Bus Finder tool.

    Emails that are sent out are automated and based on the route information on the date they were printed and are subject to change. We recommend that you check the online route information the day before school starts to verify there are no changes. If you have questions about the email sent please email busroutes@lwsd.org.

    Parents will be contacted by the driver with route information for special needs students and preschoolers.

    Bus routes may change slightly as the year goes on. Please check the School & Bus Finder for current route information.

    We also recommend all students and parents download the bus tracking app that will help give you a live time estimate of when your bus will  arrive each day. You can get the app by going to the Apple Store or Google Play and downloading the Versatrans My Stop App on your mobile device. In order to login to the App you will need to have your Skyward Student ID which can be found by logging into the Skyward mobile app or accessing Skyward on your computer. More information is available on the My Stop App page.

    Additional bus schedules

    E-Link: Your student's bus & stop times*

    2021-22 School & Bus Finder**

    *How to log in to E-Link:

    • Username: Family ID (from Skyward)
    • Password: Student's date of birth. Example: 01/21/2005  =  01212005

    **For Kindergarten, select "KD" from grade dropdown. This tool is only used for general education students. If you have a student receiving special education services, or a preschool student, you will receive your bus information from the Transportation Department directly.

     

    Contact Us

    Dana Chandler
    Director of Transportation Services

    Ramone Penister
    Transportation Manager

    Bus stop questions
    If you have a question about a bus stop, contact the Transportation Department at 425-936-1120 or busroutes@lwsd.org.

    Calls and emails are answered in the order in which they are received. The Transportation Department receives a high volume of calls at the beginning of the school year. We appreciate your patience as we respond as quickly as possible.