You are invited to two “open houses” to learn more about the Kirkland School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Officers will be available to discuss the following: The program’s purpose and goals. The change to a “learning community” model of coverage. Safety tips for parents, i.e., cell phones, drugs, alcohol. Officers will be available for questions. Juanita Learning Community: Location: Juanita High School Commons (10601 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland, WA 98034) Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Time: Between 6-7 p.m. Lake Washington Learning Community: Location: Lake Washington High School Commons (12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033) Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 Time: Between 6-7 p.m.
Join Lake Washington PTSA Council (LWPTSA) and Lake Washington School District (LWSD) for our sixth annual “Welcome Event" for our new and international families. This is a great opportunity for families to: Learn about the school district. Learn about district programs. Ask questions. Meet other LWSD families. Whether you have moved from a different county or a different country, this event is for you! Date: Friday, September 30, 2022 Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: LWSD Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond WA 98052) Event flyer: 简体字 | Español | Tiếng Việt | Русский | English Visit the LWPTSA Council website to learn more .
The application for LWSD's Highly Capable Program opens today, Monday, September 19 at 8 a.m. and closes on October 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The application can be found on the Accelerated Programs section of the LWSD website, on the Application Process Page. We have linked the application page here for your convenience: https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-services/accelerated-programs/application-process/application-for-currently-enrolled-lwsd-families . No applications will be accepted after the October 20, 2022 deadline.
Dear LWSD Staff and Families, The 2022-23 school year is officially underway and the first week of school is almost in the books. Over the years, I have consistently been impressed with our staff, families, community and students. The unique communities across our large district all have a similar focus on the success of youth of all ages. On Tuesday, I had a chance to visit a number of our schools and district facilities to celebrate the first day of school. Throughout the day, I saw and experienced a sense of hope, happiness and anticipation for the school year ahead. Today, I had the chance to join the Muir Elementary staff and families as we welcomed our Kindergarten students to their first day of school. We all can’t wait to welcome our youngest learners next week as our preschool students join their teachers for their first day of school. It truly does take the entire community to have a successful first week of school. Thank you to everyone that made this week truly special for our students. I hope you enjoy this video looking at my first day of school: https://youtu.be/nq_WDecZeHY . Sincerely, Jon Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent Lake Washington School District
August 30, 2022
Hello LWSD Families,
The health and safety of our students and staff is the number one priority in Lake Washington School District (LWSD). The district follows the guidelines associated with the Department of Health regarding COVID-19. Washington state updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022, for the 2022-23 school year. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19. This letter explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the community.
Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home . They should get tested for COVID-19.
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days . If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, student and staff can come back to school.
Students or staff returning from 5 days of isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. They should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6-10. Students and staff are also encouraged to test before returning to school.
Students who test positive after 5 days of isolation must isolate for the full 10 days.
Schools are no longer required to directly notify high-risk students or staff. Schools must inform families and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. LWSD schools will communicate cases at each of our buildings by using the Health & Safety Dashboard on the district website. The dashboard will be updated daily. You can find the dashboard by visiting https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/health-safety-dashboard .
Our state requires school employees, contractors and volunteers to be fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 or to have obtained a medical or religious exemption. This requirement is still in place.
These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools in Washington state. Schools are required by state law to follow these guidelines.
Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program . Most insurance covers the costs of up to eight self-tests per individual per month.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older . Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible.
The LWSD COVID-19 Safety Plan has been updated for the 2022-23 school year. You can view that document on the LWSD website .
Keeping students home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from any potential illness, not just COVID-19. We have updated our Too Sick for School page on the LWSD website to help you determine when to stay home.
We look forward to welcoming back staff and students this school year and creating a safe and healthy space for children to learn.
Lake Washington School District #414
16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 425-936-1200
Bus Route Information – August 26 , 2022 Bus route information is available in your family’s Skyward Family Access account now. Instructions for viewing student busing information in Skyward Family Access: Log in to Skyward Family Access Select “Busing” to open the student’s transportation information. The student’s AM and PM route number, stop location and times will be shown. Please note: Students who receive special education and preschool services will receive communication by phone from your child’s bus driver by August 31. If you have not received a phone call by September 1, please contact our dispatch office at 425-936-1120. Please remember this is a busy time of year and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Bus Safety Expectations: Please remind your student of bus safety expectations prior to the first day of school: Safety expectations at the bus stop: Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled bus time. Do not stand or play on the roadway while waiting for the bus. Wait to board the bus in an orderly manner. Respect private property while waiting for the bus. Instructions for crossing the street when entering the bus: When waiting to cross the street to enter the bus, instruct the children to wait away from the curb. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and put the stop paddle out. Make eye contact with the driver. When the driver gives the student the crossing signal, the students should look left, right, and left again and proceed to cross the open lane. While crossing, the student should continue scanning left and right and cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus and proceed to the open door. Always walk when crossing. Instructions for crossing the street when exiting the bus: Instruct the children who are crossing the street to walk 10 big steps away from the bus and ten big steps ahead of the bus (wait in front of the crossing arm). They should then look to the driver for the crossing signal when it is safe to cross. Once the students get the crossing signal, students should then walk to the end of the bumper of the bus and stop. They should then look left and right and left again themselves and then look up at the driver. The driver will then give them a second crossing signal when it is safe to cross into the open lane. The students should continue to scan left and right as they walk across the open lane and arrive safely at the other side. Safety expectations while riding the bus: Cooperate with and obey the driver at all times. Be courteous, use no profane language—spoken, written, or gestured. Elementary and middle school students need to ride their assigned bus and get off at their assigned stop, unless they have a bus pass signed by the school (certain routes may not allow bus passes based on available seating). Keep head , hands, feet, and belongings inside the bus at all times . Only consume food or beverage if the driver has given permission to do so. Windows may be opened six inches; however, close the windows if the driver asks that windows remain closed. Do not bring animals onto the bus ( service-animals excepted). Keep belongings (backpacks) out of the aisle. Remain seated while the bus is starting, stopping, or otherwise in motion. If assigned a specific seat by the driver, sit in that seat at all times . Enter and exit the bus safely, crossing only in front of the bus and only with the consent of the driver. Note: Exceptional Misconduct and Other Forms of Misconduct apply to conduct on buses and at bus stops . New! Bus Conduct Software LWSD is using a new electronic software called “ Bus Conduct ” for students who ride the bus. Families of students who are not meeting bus safety expectations will receive conduct forms by email to help us remind students of the expectations.