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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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    Continued bus driver shortage may impact bus routes

    Lake Washington School District continues to experience bus driver shortages due to COVID. As a result, we may be unable to cover all our routes and/or some buses will be running late. The Transportation Department will communicate with families of students whose routes will be affected each day. Depending on the type of notice you receive you may wish to drop off or pick up your child from school. For afternoon routes, if families are not able to pick their child up, please know that we will bring a bus back to the school to provide that service although your student will be required to wait at the school between 30-60 minutes. Students waiting at school will have appropriate adult supervision.

    Use the My Stop App to see when your child's bus will arrive.

    The January 7 transportation update from Dr. Holmen, Superintendent can be read here. Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our schools open for our students.

    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.

    (updated 1/10/22)
     

    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

    Laura Nugent
    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.