An Independent School • Grades 5-12

As part of Lakeside's shift to opening with a remote learning model in September, we are in the process of updating the reopening webpage. Please review the new schedule for Sept. 1-4, regarding orientations and the first week of school. Plans are currently being finalized for bringing small groups of students to campus to meet with adults.

Reopening webinars

Last night’s webinar for Middle School parents and guardians is now available on the reopening webpage (in the family checklist section).

Invitations to the Aug. 18 webinar for Upper School parents and guardians were sent on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Submit questions in advance to communicationsdept@lakesideschool.org.

Health and safety updates

We are continuing our preparations to bring students on campus. As soon as we believe it is safe to do so, we will pivot to a blended learning model. Please closely review the following sections related to students being on campus.

The school and families must be in partnership as we implement Lakeside’s health and safety protocols. We will work to ensure that each family has the tools and training they need. There will be opportunities for families to practice required activities before students return to campus.

We ask that students and parents/guardians commit to following these protocols; if they do not, it will negate the positive actions the school is taking. Families that cannot commit to following the health and safety protocols will need to have their student attend classes remotely full time, even if the school implements a blended learning model.

We will share more information about this in the next few weeks.

Privacy and confidentiality of health information

Lakeside is committed to safety and privacy for its students, families, and employees. All information pertaining to health screenings, testing, and contact tracing will be confidential. Access will be given to select Lakeside administrators in order to maintain the overall health and safety of the community and to determine if there is a need to close campus.

1. Magnus Health daily COVID-19 screening

For the upcoming school year, families will be required to complete a quick screening wellness check each day a student is scheduled to be on campus. The system is administered by Magnus Health; all information provided to them is confidential. All families must complete a screening prior to sending a student to campus; Magnus Health will provide instruction on whether it is safe for the student to come on campus.

This daily screening is a critical part of our health and safety protocols. Every family must submit the screening by 8 a.m. each morning a student is scheduled to be on campus. Please reserve two minutes per child to complete this each morning. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Parents and guardians will complete the screening using the Magnus Health mobile app. This process, in which parents and guardians screen students at home, will help us to create the safest possible environment for Lakeside students and employees by avoiding screenings where person to person transmissions could take place. We will begin to implement this screening process while in a remote learning model this September, to give families time to learn the system.

Magnus Health gives parents and guardians continuous access to their student’s health record as well as the ability to make updates when needed. Health updates and information can be completed through their web portal, as well as through the new app. We are working with Magnus Health so that families can conduct the screening through the web portal and will share more information soon. Review this instruction sheet for more information about the app and how to set it up on a device. More information about how to use the app will be shared before students return to campus.

Students who come to campus without a completed wellness check will be sent to a trained employee who will administer a screening.

We are currently working with our family support program to ensure that every family has a thermometer and a way to complete the screening.

2. COVID-19 testing on campus

To ensure the health and safety of our community, Lakeside will provide free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for our students and employees. Students and employees must have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus.

Baseline testing will take place the week of Aug. 24, in advance of the student orientations that begin on Sept. 1. (Find updated information about student orientations on the reopening webpage.) The purpose of baseline testing is to identify those who may be asymptomatic and allow them to isolate in order to mitigate possible spread of the virus. Regular testing of students and employees will occur on a rolling basis throughout the fall and winter. Families will be notified in advance of their student being tested.

Testing will be completed by Fidalab, a local clinical diagnostics company. In addition to baseline and rolling testing, testing kits will be available for students and employees who become symptomatic while on campus. All testing will be monitored by a medical professional. Test results will be available approximately 48 hours after the test is administered.

The COVID-19 tests from Fidalab include a nasal swab for the purpose of a nasal collection. This swab only goes as far back as the top of the nasal cavity and is different from the more invasive Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection technique which places the swab into the nasopharyngeal area. The nasal swab test is like the test to detect the flu. An example of the nasal swab test can be found in this video. While the video is geared toward younger students, it gives a good sense of how the test is conducted.

After collection, the samples will go through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) processing, which is the definitive test for determining COVID-19 infection. If a test comes back positive for COVID-19, the family and select Lakeside administrators will be notified. Test results will be sent via secure and HIPPA-compliant emails to each person tested (or their parents/guardians if they are a minor). As required by law, all test results will also be sent to the Washington State Department of Health. All information will remain confidential and names of infected persons will remain private and will not be shared with the community. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must remain at home for the 14-day quarantine period. If they feel well enough, they are welcome to attend their classes remotely. Once the isolation period has ended and they show no symptoms of COVID-19, they will be allowed back on campus for blended learning.

3. COVID-19 contact tracing

Contact tracing is an essential tool in fighting the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19. It can reduce the possibility of all-school closures in case of a positive test on campus. By quickly identifying who an infected person came in contact with over a period of 14 days, we will be able to rapidly notify those who may have been exposed and instruct them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms while continuing to learn remotely. 

As part of Lakeside’s commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the school community, we are working with Trace Innovations on contact tracing. Before students and employees return to campus, they will download the Trace Innovations app on their smartphone. For students who do not have a smartphone, we are working on a plan to provide them with one for the duration of the school day.

The Trace Innovations app will estimate the proximity and duration of an individual’s exposure to someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19. Students and employees will be required to have the app activated each day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The app will not track a user’s movement but will connect when a user comes within 6 feet of another Lakeside user.

We recognize that requiring students to have a smartphone on their persons during the school day is a significant shift – particularly for the Middle School. But we do feel that there is a significant benefit in implementing this contact tracing protocol. We will be working with students on this topic in developmentally appropriate ways.

Please review the complete health and safety protocols on the reopening webpage. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer Bryan Smith at healthandsafety@lakesideschool.org or 206-440-2833.