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Lake Washington School District is pleased to announce the selection of Pablo Ortega as its Director of Equity and Family Engagement. Mr. Ortega is currently the English Language Learner (ELL) and World Languages Program Director for Des Moines Public Schools.

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    Online Learning Option for 2021-22

    For the 2021-22 school year, the State of Washington has allowed school districts to offer online learning for students who are unable to return to in-person learning due to health and safety needs. Following these guidelines from OSPI, Lake Washington School District will be providing an online option for the 2021-22 school year.

    Students and families that select this online option will be part of a district-wide school program that is separate from our neighborhood schools. The school will have its own teachers, programs and systems of support. Students that take part in the online option will be unenrolled from their 2021-22 neighborhood or choice school.
     
    Online courses will be aligned to Washington State Standards and taught by highly qualified certificated teachers. Core academic classes will be offered to all grades with electives available to high school students to support their progress on their High School and Beyond Plan. Not all classes and choice programs can be offered in an online learning model, due to staffing constraints.

    Questions? Please contact Online School Office Manager, Shanna Berlanga.

    Special Education Considerations

    If you are interested in enrolling in our online program, and your child receives special education services, an IEP team meeting is required prior to any admission decision. Please contact your child’s IEP provider or building principal in order to schedule an IEP team meeting. Following such meeting, you will be provided further information regarding the application process. If you have questions, please contact your child’s special education teacher, principal or special education director.

     

    Online elementary school

    • Grades K-5 
    • Based on enrollment, classes may be combined. For example, current enrollment shows that K/1 will be a combined class
    • Classes will be taught by Lake Washington School District teachers
    • The daily schedule will follow the current elementary learning schedule, with limited asynchronous time each day. 
    • Attendance will be taken daily
    • Students will access instruction and lessons using Microsoft Teams and OneNote Class Notebook
    • Grades will be posted to Skyward
    • Students and families may re-enroll in their neighborhood or choice school during the 2021-22 school year or for the start of the 2022-23 school year. We ask that families in this enrollment learning program make transitions at regular transition times, such as winter break or at the semester.

    Online secondary school

    • Grades 6-12
    • The online school for secondary students will follow the state guidelines for an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE). Each student will have a Written Student Learning Plan that outlines monthly goals and monthly progress. More information about an ALE can be found on the OSPI website.
    • Classes will be taught by Apex Learning faculty. Lake Washington School District teachers will serve as learning plan advisers. More information about Apex Learning Virtual School
    • Students will participate in weekly synchronous and asynchronous learning activities
    •  Attendance will be taken according to ALE guidelines
    • Students will access instruction and lessons through the Apex Learning Platform and through Microsoft Teams and OneNote
    • Grades will be posted to Apex Learning, and final grades will be posted to Skyward
    • Students and families may re-enroll in their neighborhood or choice school during the 2021-22 school year or for the start of the 2022-23 school year. We ask that families in this enrollment learning program make transitions at regular transition times, such as winter break or at the semester.

    Online learning success

    • A successful online learner will have the ability and willingness to:
      • Work independently.
      • Manage time management efficiently.
      • Process and Implement feedback from teachers for academic improvement. 
      • Ask questions when challenges arise.
      • Communicate with teachers, support staff, and peers. 
      • Actively Participate in discussions. 
      • Use technology proficiently. 
    • Families can help support the success of their online learner in the following ways:
      • Supporting your learner's social and emotional health.
      • Understand the role a family plays in online learning.
      • Help create a space that is free from distractions that is not normally used for leisure or rest. 
      • Set up and support a structure for daily learning and daily rest and relaxation.
      • Create and refine a system that works for your family.
      • Secondary students can also prepare for success by using these guidelines from Apex Learning.

    More information for 2021-22 online learning option