• COVID-19 Updates

    School is closed for the 2019-20 school year

    Important Updates

    June 11, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    This morning, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide. We are in the process of thoroughly reviewing this guide.

    We are also beginning the process to create a workgroup of educators, nurses, support staff, parents and students to determine which of the suggested models will work best for our district. We will also have to consider local guidance from the Snohomish Health District related to our area’s pandemic statistics.

    We expect to have an update for students and families by the end of July, but it is likely that there may still be uncertainty depending on what current statistics show about the pandemic.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing our students this September!

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent

    Previous updates:

    June 4, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    We know that there are a great deal of questions, angst and uncertainty about what our school schedules and routines will be this fall. As educators, we too have many unanswered questions. I’m reaching out to you today to share what we know right now, and when you can expect to receive additional information. We would like nothing more than to welcome our students back to a normal school setting in September, but we also know how critical it is to follow the guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) for the safety of all students and staff members.

    The decision of whether schools can reopen is not up to each individual school district. This summer, we anticipate guidance to be given by Governor Inslee and DOH based on pandemic statistics.

    What we know right now
    A statewide workgroup has been meeting to create recommendations and guidance for school districts as they plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. The workgroup is expected to release its guidance by Monday, June 8. We will explore the recommendations made by this group in the event we are not able to open school on a normal schedule. We anticipate their guidance will include a blend of distance and classroom learning with varied schedules. They are also exploring what bus transportation will look like, how meals will be served, and how classrooms may operate if physical distancing is required.

    Once we receive the workgroup’s guidance, we will create our own workgroup of educators, nurses, support staff, parents and students to determine what will work best for our district.

    When you can expect to receive information
    We know that you want answers now. We want to make sure that we are being safe, thoughtful and proactive. Know that we are working hard. We expect to have an update for students and families by mid-July but it is likely that there may still be uncertainty depending on what current statistics show about the pandemic. More specific decisions may not be made until closer to the time school typically opens.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing our students this fall.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent


    May 13, 2020

    Dear LSSD secondary students and families,

    Recently, you received a letter from our school district superintendent, Dr. Amy Beth Cook, explaining our new COVID closure grading system of an A, B, or I (Incomplete).

    At that time, she shared that our online grading system, Skyward/Family Access, was not yet aligned with the new policy, and she asked for your patience as we worked to align it with the updated COVID grading.

    By the end of the week, Skyward/Family Access will be aligned.

    Screenshot from Skyward highlighting the grading column

    When you check your child's grades in Family Access, you will see two things by the end of this week: 1) an "override" letter grade of A, B, or I will be in the S2 column; and 2) an actual numerical percentage.

    The "override" letter grade provides you information about how your child is doing using the COVID grading system, and lets you know what your child's final grade will likely be, given their performance at that time.

    The actual numerical percentage and conventional letter grade based on that percentage provides information on how your child is performing in our traditional grading system. This is helpful information to you so that you can see how your child is doing on weekly assignments, and how he or she is progressing towards understanding the essential learnings during this closure time.

    *As a reminder, here is more information on our secondary grading plan (grades 6-12):
    Adhering to the guidance from OSPI, our students in our secondary schools will earn an “A” or “B” letter grade, or an “Incomplete.” C/D/F grades will not be issued. Pass will only be used for students who have this accommodation in their Individualized Educational Plan or their Section 504 Plan.

    Every student taking a high-school level class will have a notation on their transcript that indicates the grades from this semester are COVID grades.

    What do the secondary grades mean?
    As a system, we have had to shift our thinking a great deal about what grades mean for students during the emergency closure. Below is our adjusted plan for guidance on letter grades:

    • The student has met or exceeded standard on the essential learnings prior to and during the closure.
    • The student has engaged in all/most of the learning opportunities provided by the teacher and has made a good faith effort in their progress toward learning the standards taught by the teacher and has demonstrated that in some way.
    • The student is mostly responsive to the feedback provided by the teacher.

    What a “B” represents:

    • The student was approaching standard on the essential learnings prior to and during the closure.
    • The student has engaged in most/some of the learning opportunities provided by the teacher. They have made an effort in their progress toward learning the standards taught by the teacher and have demonstrated that in some way.

    What an “I” represents:

    • The student either was not able to, or did not engage in the learning opportunities provided by the teacher during the closure, regardless of the grade that they had prior to the closure.
    • The student was not able to demonstrate that they were meeting standard or approaching standard, either prior to or during the closure.
    • Multiple, documented attempts were made by the teacher to the student and their family to engage in the learning.
    • For students given an “I” there will be an expectation and multiple options for them to convert the “Incomplete” into a letter grade. These could include continued work in the summer or at the beginning of next school year.

    *For courses such as College in the High School or dual-credit CTE classes, in which students earn both a high school and college credit, the "actual percentage" and corresponding conventional letter grade apply to the college transcript, while the COVID "override" grade applies to the high school transcript. Therefore, it’s possible that a student would earn a different grade on their LSSD transcript than on their EVCC or UW transcript. For questions related to College in the High School courses, please contact Dan Alderson, assistant principal at Lake Stevens High School.

    If you have questions about continuous learning or our new grading plan, please reach out to your child's teacher or your child's principal.

    Regards,

    Dr. Ken Collins
    Assistant Superintendent


    May 1, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District students and families,

    I hope that you are healthy and safe, that you continue to support each other, and that you are able find some joy during this unprecedented time in our lives. On April 9, I shared our district plan for continuous learning. At that time, I let you know that we were waiting on communication and guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) about the grades teachers will be assigning for student work.

    The purpose of this letter is to provide you information about the guidance we received from OSPI and the decisions that we made based upon that guidance.

    Grading Rules from OSPI
    Here is a link to OSPI’s rules and guidance for Washington State schools regarding grading for the current semester given the state school closure that will continue through June 19. To summarize the guidance, students are to receive either letter grades or an “Incomplete” and no child can fail or receive “no credit.” “Do no harm” is the guiding principle districts are asked to follow.

    As we considered OSPI’s guidelines, we did so through an equity lens. We understand that every student and family situation is very different. Student learning environments, learning styles, and their ability to access and engage in digital learning were all considered as we developed our grading plan.

    Elementary Grading Plan (grades K-5)
    Typically we provide families with summative (1-4) scores that show student knowledge relative to the learning standards for their grade level. For this semester, we will not be providing any summative scores. Instead, comments will be provided on report cards by teachers for reading, writing, and math. This will provide information for families on whether their student has demonstrated understanding of key learnings, and what additional work might be needed as they enter the next grade level.

    Secondary Grading Plan (grades 6-12)
    Adhering to the guidance from OSPI, our students in our secondary schools will earn an “A” or “B” letter grade, or an “Incomplete.” Pass or C/D/F grades will not be issued. Currently, our Family Access program does not reflect these grade shifts. Thank you for your patience as we work to align our system with this new policy.

    What do the secondary grades mean?
    As a system, we have had to shift our thinking a great deal about what grades mean for students during the emergency closure. Below is our adjusted plan for guidance on letter grades:

    What an “A” represents:

    • The student has met or exceeded standard on the essential learnings prior to and during the closure.
    • The student has engaged in all/most of the learning opportunities provided by the teacher and has made a good faith effort in their progress toward learning the standards taught by the teacher and has demonstrated that in some way.
    • The student is mostly responsive to the feedback provided by the teacher.

    What a “B” represents:

    • The student was approaching standard on the essential learnings prior to and during the closure.
    • The student has engaged in most/some of the learning opportunities provided by the teacher. They have made an effort in their progress toward learning the standards taught by the teacher and have demonstrated that in some way.

    What an “I” represents:

    • The student either was not able to, or did not engage in the learning opportunities provided by the teacher during the closure, regardless of the grade that they had prior to the closure.
    • The student was not able to demonstrate that they were meeting standard or approaching standard, either prior to or during the closure.
    • Multiple, documented attempts were made by the teacher to the student and their family to engage in the learning.
    • For students given an “I” there will be an expectation and multiple options for them to convert the “Incomplete” into a letter grade. These could include continued work in the summer or at the beginning of next school year.

    Students should be engaging in the learning opportunities that are being provided for them by their teacher. Our teachers are tracking student engagement, and if a student is not engaging in the learning they can expect direct communication from their teacher, counselor or building administrator. If you have already not done so, please let your child’s teacher or principal know if your child is having a specific hardship and is not able to engage in the learning that is being offered. Our interpretation of “do no harm” means that if students engage in the provided continuous learning, make a good faith effort to complete the lessons, and show progress toward the standards, they will earn an “A” or a “B” for the course. If they do not, they will earn an “Incomplete.”

    We are grateful for your support of your child and for our incredible staff who are working hard to continue teaching students while at home. We will continue to work to bring high levels of learning to students.

    If you have questions about continuous learning or our new grading plan, please reach out to your child’s principal. Please stay safe and healthy.

    Warm regards,

    Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent


    April 22, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    This afternoon, Chris Reykdal, our State Superintendent of Public Instruction, made a public announcement regarding student learning and grading. The Student Learning and Grading Guidance document includes a framework and key principles for student learning and grading throughout the remainder of the school facility closure.

    I’m reaching out today to reassure you that we are aware of this new guidance, and that Our Teaching & Learning Team, principals, and teacher leaders are thoughtfully planning to understand what this means for our students. We will share additional information with you by the middle of next week.

    I hope that our continuous learning plan is going well for your child, and that they have had meaningful opportunities to connect and engage with their teachers. If you have any questions, or need additional guidance, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. We have a large support system available to ensure that your child is successful.

    In early May we will email you a survey asking for your feedback on the continuous learning plan to better understand how things are working for your child and your family. Your feedback will be considered as we make continual adjustments to improve our plan.

    This spring has been filled with numerous changes and challenges, and we appreciate your patience, flexibility and support. We will get through this together.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent


    April 8, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District elementary families,

    I hope you are healthy and safe, and taking care of each other during this challenging time. As you know, Governor Jay Inslee, in consultation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, made the decision to continue the emergency closure of school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. While this was disappointing news, I believe it was the right decision for the health and safety of all.

    Guidance and directives from our state and national education partners have resulted in continued revisions of our plans and communication during the emergency school closure. We know that these changes have been confusing and frustrating. Thank you for your patience and flexibility thus far.

    I’m reaching out to you today to provide detailed information about how our district’s learning focus is changing for the remainder of the school year, and what that means for your child and your family.

    Warm regards,
    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent


    April 6, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District students, staff members and families:

    Minutes ago, Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. While this news is disheartening, it's not surprising. The statewide efforts to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19 are working, and we have to continue the course to protect the safety and well-being of our students, staff members, and families.

    While our school buildings will be closed, teaching and learning will continue. As we shared on March 27, students will receive information from their teacher(s) this week regarding learning resources. At the end of this week, students and families will receive an email update from our Teaching & Learning Department with specific information about the new learning resources, including student requirements and expectations. This information will also be posted to the district website.

    During the school closure, meals are available for children Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at both of our middle schools. Our tech team is also providing Chromebook support for students and families by emailing techsupport@lkstevens.wednet.edu.

    We know that this is a difficult and uncertain time, but we live and work in an amazingly supportive community. Please continue to lift each other up. We will get through this!

    More information will be shared later this week.

    Warm regards,
    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent


    Dear Lake Stevens School District students and families,

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these unprecedented school closures. Our staff members have been working tirelessly to continue to provide vital resources to students and their families. We are so appreciative of your understanding and support. We have an amazing community!

    Please take a few minutes to review the information below. If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please call the district office at 425-335-1500. We have customized our district phone system to make call delivery more streamlined by topic. You may also email tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu.

    MEALS
    We have free grab-and-go meals for any person 18 years or younger, and persons 19- to 21-years-old with a physical or mental disability, as defined by the state, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following locations:

    Lake Stevens Middle School, 1031 91st Ave SE

    North Lake Middle School, 2202 123rd Ave NE

    • Students must be present to receive a meal.
    • Each student will receive two meals, lunch and breakfast for the following morning.
    • No adult meals will be available for purchase.

    For more information, please contact foodservices@lkstevens.wednet.edu or call the Nutrition Services office at 425-335-1561. If you are in need of meals, and are unable to get to one of the middle schools, please call 425-335-1500.

    CHILDCARE 
    We know how impactful school closures are for working families. Gov. Jay Inslee has asked that childcare priority be given to the children of healthcare workers, first responders and retail workers so that they may continue serving our community. If you fall into these categories, or are in urgent need of childcare, please follow this link to view community childcare options.

    This list is meant to serve as a resource to help parents and guardians arrange childcare and outdoor educational opportunities for students during this emergency closure. Lake Stevens School District is not endorsing or promoting any of these facilities or programs. Please contact each facility directly with any questions.

    EDUCATION
    Our schools are closed, but learning can continue from home in a variety of fashions. We are gathering suggested learning resources to support the learning of all students. Please visit our Learning Resources for Families page. These learning resources will not be meant to replicate classroom instruction or continue forward in the curricular scope and sequence but should enhance, deepen or extend previously taught content and concepts. In addition, beginning next week you should expect to hear from your child’s teacher.

    We know that our high school students and families have very specific questions about earning credits, and meeting graduation requirements. We are in the process of getting answers to these important questions and concerns. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has also made this one of his top priorities. As we learn more, we will communicate with families of senior students.

    COMPUTING ACCESS
    During the school closure, families are encouraged to support their children in accessing learning engagement resources. Families who have personal devices for their child to use at home are welcome to use it to access learning resources.

    Students in grades 6-12 have a district Chromebook for use at home. Families in need of a Chromebook for their elementary child to access learning engagement resources will have the opportunity to check one out at the following locations and times:

    Families who do not already have a device at home for their elementary child to use to access learning resources may check one out:

    • Monday, March 30
      1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
      Cavelero Mid High School
      8220 24th St SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258
    • Drive thru pickup in the rear bus loop

    At this time we are only issuing one device per family. Please do not check out a device unless you truly need it. You will need your child's name, birthday and student ID number. Children do not need to accompany parents/guardians to check out a device. If you are in need of a Chromebook and are unable to join us during the listed time, please contact techsupport@lkstevens.wednet.edu and we will arrange a time to connect with you.

    INTERNET ACCESS
    Resources are available for families in need of Internet access during our school closure. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program offers free Internet access for the next two months for qualifying families who are new customers. For more details please visit, www.internetessentials.com.

    We are exploring additional options for families to use to access the Internet. Information will be shared as it becomes available.

    KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT 
    Kindergarten Parent Information Night on March 19 has been postponed. We will accept kindergarten enrollment packets once school resumes its normal schedule. Please do not bring enrollment packets to the Educational Service Center.

    EMPLOYEES
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    Emergency Request Forms

    EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER (ESC)
    The Educational Services Center will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. District personnel and school administrators are available via email. If you're not sure who to contact, please email tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu and your question will be routed accordingly. Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect the health of our staff members.

    Again, we thank you for your support and flexibility as we work to navigate these uncertain and ever-changing times.

    Warm regards,
    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent


    Dear Lake Stevens School District students and families,

    Gov. Jay Inslee issued an order this afternoon that all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will be closed through Friday, April 24. This decision is being made to implement social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities.

    Lake Stevens Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24.

    Throughout the closure, state officials will evaluate the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, and will determine if further closures are needed.

    Schools will be open and on normal 85-minute early release schedules tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
    Given that this is the last day our students will be with us for some time, please remind your child to take home any supplies or personal belongings they may need during this closure.

    While many of our neighboring districts made the decision to close schools ahead of the governor’s order, our goal has been to keep our doors open for as long as safely possible in order to support our students, staff, and the entire community. The time has come to close our schools in the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

    I know the tremendous impact that closing our schools has—especially on our most vulnerable students and families. We are working tirelessly to continue to provide meals and learning resources for students. We are also exploring child care options for families through our community partners.

    Meals will be available for students beginning Monday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Stevens Middle School and North Lake Middle School. More information is available on our website, or by calling 425-335-1561.

    Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. We are compiling your questions—and lots of wonderful ideas and offers of help and support—and are using them for our continued planning. We have developed a FAQ page on our website that provides some immediate answers. This is a living document that will be updated as more information becomes available.

    We will continue to provide updated information through automated phone calls, emails, text messages, mobile app notification, websites and social media as it becomes available. We ask for your continued patience. This is uncharted territory but I am grateful to be in the community of Lake Stevens during a crisis like this. The genuine care, concern and support for one another is evident. Thank you for your support as we all work together to do what is best for our students, staff and community.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu


    School events and field trips are cancelled from now until April 5, 2020: We are following the guidance of the Snohomish Health District to implement social distancing strategies. Social distancing is a step taken to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious virus or disease. This includes the cancellation or postponement of non-essential, large public gatherings that take place outside of the school day, and include participants other than students.

    Large school events and activities taking place outside of the school day, including field trips to offsite locations, from Tuesday, March 10 to Sunday, April 5 are cancelled. After-school activities such as clubs, sports competitions, and sports practices are considered an extension of the school day, and may continue.

    We know how impactful this is, and have made this decision to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff members. When possible, events will be rescheduled later this spring. You will receive information about specific events from your child’s school.

    At this time, there are no changes to our school schedules. The Health District is not recommending that schools close unless there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

    External facility use is cancelled from Tuesday, March 10 to Sunday, April 5. In order to maximize our resources toward the cleaning of our schools, we are canceling external rentals and use of our schools. This enables our custodial staff to focus on the daily strategic cleaning and disinfecting required of them.