In a letter emailed to Lakeside families on Aug. 10, Head of School Bernie Noe shared that Lakeside will open in a remote model this September. Sections from his email are included below.
This past Friday, after a lot of conversations with my very thoughtful administrative colleagues, and considering guidance from the state, I decided that we will not open the school in a blended format in September. School will instead be fully remote for the month of September, and you can now begin to plan accordingly at home. We will evaluate conditions in King County in mid-September and decide then about opening in a blended format at the beginning of October. And if we do not open in October, we will continue this same process each succeeding month until we feel it is prudent to open the campus.
Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our students, families, and employees. We decided it was most sensible to take another six weeks to follow the trajectory of the pandemic before bringing students and faculty together in person. By the beginning of September, the campus will be completely ready to be open, and as soon as we believe it is safe to do so, we will quickly pivot to a blended format.
When we do open in a blended format, to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will follow the procedures outlined below, which are already in place. These are highlights; please see the reopening webpage for a full list of the actions the school is taking and the actions that students and families must commit to following.
A lot of people have worked very hard this summer to get the school ready to be open in a blended format, and we will open for in-person learning as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. In the meantime, while we are in fully remote mode, small groups of students will meet with adults on campus beginning in September. This will help us begin to build community with our students, especially those new to the school. We will do all in our power to build a thriving sense of school community with our students this coming school year. And of course, the quality of the academic program will be comparably strong in both blended and remote formats. As I shared last week, I know that our faculty and staff are ready to implement a rigorous, dynamic, and inspiring online learning program.