New Employee Setup

Welcome to Lake Washington School District! We’re happy to have you here. 

We want to get you up and running as quickly as possible. If you run into trouble during the process, you can get help from the LWSD Helpdesk (425-936-1366 or 

Before you get started, make sure you have your username, password and email address. These should have been included in a welcome email sent to your personal email address (if you provided one during your onboarding). If you did not receive it or it is otherwise not available, your school office manager or department administrative professional can print you a copy.

About your username

Your username is typically your first initial, followed by your last name. If other staff members share a similar name to you, your username might include additional letters of your first name or the first initial of your middle name. Your email address is your 

First steps

Password requirements for staff

In order to protect the data of our students and families, LWSD enforces password requirements as a part of our security posture. Your password must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Passwords must be 10 characters or longer. 
  2. Passwords cannot be reused. While we can’t enforce it, you should also use a unique password for your LWSD account that you don’t use anywhere else. 
  3. Your password must contain a character from at least 3 of the following: 
    1. UPPERCASE letters 
    2. lowercase letters 
    3. Numbers (123) 
    4. Symbols (!?*$) 
  4. Can’t contain any part of your name. 

The system will check your password when you set it and may reject passwords which are known to be weak or compromised, even if your password meets the criteria above. If your password meets the criteria but is rejected by the system, try another password. Consider using a passphrase, such as a favorite quote or song lyric that is easy for you to remember. 

Setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA)

After you set up your password, you’ll need to set up multi-factor authentication, which helps protect your account from attackers. 

  1. You will see a prompt that says "More information required." Choose "Next." The page will instruct you to install the Microsoft Authenticator app. It is recommended to use the Microsoft Authenticator app on your phone, which can be set up to send a push notification. Alternatively, you can select I want to set up a different method which will have you enter a phone number to have the system text a code. 
    1. If you choose to use Microsoft Authenticator, install the app following the instructions. 
    2. If you choose not to use Microsoft Authenticator, you should choose “I want to set up a different method” to configure text message MFA. 
  2. Depending on what you selected, you’ll be prompted to enter your phone number (for text messages) or to scan a QR code (for Microsoft Authenticator). Follow the instructions to set up your chosen method. Note: Microsoft Authenticator will prompt you for a backup phone number, which will help you get into your account if you have trouble with the Authenticator app. 
  3. Optional: Once you have registered for MFA, you’ll be taken to a page with all your registered MFA methods. If you have at least two methods on this page, you’ll be able to reset your password if you forget it, without a call to Helpdesk. Choose “Add sign-in method” to get started. You can learn more about setting up self-service password reset here.  

Next steps

Congratulations, your account is now set up. If you’re using a district laptop, please make sure you review the steps in the Laptop Setup Guide to get your computer ready for use. 

Additional resources

Many of LWSD’s electronic resources are available online from any computer with an internet connection. Here’s a brief overview of some of the most used. Use your LWSD email address to sign in.