MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Families and Staff,
My hope is that this letter finds you and your family doing well. I know that you are eagerly waiting for more information about returning our students to in-person learning in Lakewood. The following Q & A format offers an update based on the latest information and county guidance.
What is the status of the virus and health district guidance?
Transmission rates of COVID-19 have continued to increase countywide over the previous three weeks from a low of 41.9 to 71.8 cases per 100,000. Based on these sharp increases, the Snohomish County Health District has advised all Snohomish County school districts not to bring additional students into school for in-person learning beyond those we are currently serving.
What does the Snohomish County Health District’s guidance mean for our school district?
Lakewood School District will not be bringing students back to in-person learning November 9th beyond those currently being served onsite in Stage 3. We will maintain instruction through Distance Learning 2.0 and will continue to serve students currently identified for in-person learning. You should maintain the arrangements currently in place for your student(s) during Distance Learning 2.0 until further notice.
What has the district done to ensure schools are safe for students and staff currently attending in-person learning?
We have taken the following steps (to name a few):
- Developed a daily plan for students, staff and visitors to attest that they do not have symptoms or undergo health checks at the school
- Upgraded all ventilation systems to filter out COVID-19 at over 99% rates
- Confirmed classroom capacity to support social distancing for in-person learning
- Purchased PPE and provided staff training compliant with Labor & Industries requirements
- Developed transportation loading/unloading protocols that support health and safety requirements
- Scheduled regular CDC-approved disinfecting routines in all facilities. (This includes the use of misters designed to kill COVID-19.)
- Quarantine rooms and staff identified to accommodate students or staff with symptoms
Our administrators and staff are committed to being fully prepared for a safe return to in-person school whenever it is deemed safe to do so. We will continue to advance our preparations. We appreciate your partnership and will do all that we can to support you and your child.
All the best,