An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Lakeside School reopening, 2020-2021

As we approach a return to on-campus learning, this webpage will serve as a family resource for navigating the 2020-2021 school year at Lakeside School. Throughout the year, we will all need to remain flexible, collaborative, and committed to a growth and learning mindset as we adapt to circumstances that will be beyond our control.

All of us — faculty, coaches, advisors, administrators, and staff — look forward to working with students this year – whether virtually or in person. We are bringing all of our creativity, dedication, and joy to the important task of educating our students and supporting their families!

COVID-19 monitoring and community health status

July 19: Lakeside School will release health and safety information for the 2021-2022 school year in mid-August. This webpage will be updated then, and families will be emailed information as well.

Please note: Lakeside is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for eligible students without medical or religious exemptions. Find information on this requirement and instructions for submitting student vaccination status here.

Reopening updates



Our primary goals are informed by our mission and values of academic excellence, equity and inclusion, ethical behavior, and global engagement. 

  • Ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and employees. 
  • Offer our full educational program. In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, some aspects of programs will look different, but students will continue to receive the hallmarks of a Lakeside education: rigorous academics; teaching by excellent, dedicated faculty and staff; and strong and responsive student support. 
  • Create opportunities for in-person learning whenever possible. We believe that when students are engaged in meaningful dialogue with their teachers and classmates — exchanging ideas and growing as learners — they are in an ideal learning environment.
  • Support students’ social-emotional development and health by adapting and strengthening practices and programs that build community and wellness, and by partnering with parents and guardians. 


Updated Dec. 10: Lakeside’s Medical Advisory Board makes a recommendation to the COVID-19 risk management task force about when it is advisable to reopen campus or keep campus open. 

Medical Advisory Board members are:

  • Dr. Sarah Barton, Chair. Obstetrics and Gynecology P'18 '20 '20
  • Dr. Alexa Albert, Psychiatry ’86, P'18 '21
  • Dr. Mike Dudas, Pediatrics P'16 '18
  • Dr. Janet Englund, Pediatric Infectious Disease P'09 '13
  • Dr. Stacy Globerman, Family Medicine P'23
  • Dr. Sarah Hipps, Anesthesiology P'20 '22
  • Dr. David Koh, Pediatrics ’81, P'13 '15 '23  
  • Dr. Janine Maenza, Infectious Disease P'18
  • Dr. Connie Mao, Obstetrics and Gynecology P'13 '15 '18
  • Dr. Catie O’Farrell, Family Medicine P'13
  • Dr. Hank Pelto, Family and Sports Medicine 
  • Dr. Heidi Rogers, Family Medicine P'18 '21
  • Dr. Lili Sacks, Internal Medicine P'15
  • Dr. Kris Sherwood, Family Medicine, Global Health 
  • Dr. April S. Stempien-Otero, Cardiology P'21
  • Dr. Surabhi Vora, Pediatric Infectious Disease P'23 '27
  • Carey Crutcher Smith ’77, Board of Trustees chair, P'11 '14
  • Artemios “Tim” Panos ’85, Board of Trustees vice chair, P'22 '24 '24
  • Bert Valdman, Board of Trustees treasurer, immediate past chair P'17 '20 '26
  • Sean O'Donnell ’90, Board of Trustees secretary P'25 '27

The Medical Advisory Board is staffed by the following Lakeside employees: Head of School Bernie Noe; Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Felicia Wilks; Assistant Head of School/Chief Financial Officer Birage Tandon; Middle School Director Reem Abu Rahmeh; Director of Development Daiga Galins; Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Wellesley L. Wilson; Director of Student and Family Support/Director of Equity and Inclusion Jamie Asaka ’96; and Director of Experiential Education Bryan Smith.

The COVID-19 risk management task force includes the following administrators: 

  • Head of School Bernie Noe (administrative team member). 
  • Assistant Head of School / Upper School Director Felicia Wilks (administrative team member). 
  • Assistant Head of School / Chief Financial Officer Birage Tandon (administrative team member).  
  • Middle School Director Reem Abu Rahmeh (administrative team member). 
  • Director of Development Daiga Galins (administrative team member). 
  • Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Wellesley L. Wilson (administrative team member). 
  • Director of Experiential Education Bryan Smith (COVID-19 health and safety officer).

Resources and criteria

The risk management task force uses the following resources and criteria in making decisions about which learning model will best help the school reach the goals listed above. Decisions will be informed by these resources and criteria, not determined by them.

Family checklist

Lakeside will work with parents and guardians to ensure that students are healthy and safe —  whether on campus or at home. 


Health and safety

About COVID-19

Washington state continues to experience pandemic-level outbreaks of the respiratory illness COVID-19. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is passed from person to person, and the state has taken action to prevent the spread of the virus by instituting the guidelines in its Safe Start reopening plan.  

In conjunction with public health experts, the state has issued general distance, health, and safety protocols, which are intended to reduce infection. It’s critical that everyone follows these guidelines and does their part to keep others healthy. 

Multilingual public health information, resources, and updates are available from Public Health - Seattle & King County; Washington state; and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


Health and safety expectations for Lakeside students and families 

All members of the Lakeside community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to facilitate a safe return to campus, students and families must commit, in collaboration with the school, to the following health and safety procedures:


Comply with federal, state, and local orders.

All families and employees are expected to follow directives from national, state, and local authorities to maintain their own health and safety during this pandemic. These include Washington State Department of Public Health, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and the CDC Guide on Protecting Yourself and Others.


Get tested.

Students and employees must have a negative COVID test before returning to campus for classes. Lakeside will provide free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for our students and employees. Baseline testing will take place before students return to campus for classes. Required regular testing of students and employees will occur on a rolling basis throughout the fall and winter, and families will be notified in advance of their student being tested. Find testing information in our Aug. 12 reopening update. See emails from Bryan Smith for testing dates and details.


Participate in contact tracing.

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. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 on campus, qualified and specially trained Lakeside employees will use the Trace Innovations app and work with the Washington State Department of Health to safely conduct contact tracing. Lakeside will communicate with families of potentially exposed students, who will be asked to quarantine for a period of several days to determine possible symptoms and evaluate test results. Instructions for downloading and using the Trace Innovations app were emailed to families on Oct. 12. View detailed instructions for downloading on iOS devices, or Android devicesRead more in this FAQ from Trace Innovations. Learn about Trace Innovation's privacy measures in this PDF.


Contact Lakeside if a family member tests positive for COVID-19.

If a student or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, a parent/guardian must notify the school as soon as possible. Please contact Bryan Smith (; 206-440-2833), who is serving as our COVID-19 health and safety officer, with questions or to report a positive COVID-19 test result. This information will remain confidential and will allow the school to engage in effective contact tracing procedures to limit possible infection of others.


Stay home if sick.

Students showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 must not come to school. Parents/guardians must keep them at home and away from others and report the illness to the school. Provisions will be made to support students through remote learning.

If a student is on campus and develops COVID-like symptoms during the day, they will be sent to a private space on campus and evaluated by a trained Lakeside employee. The student will have their temperature taken, given a KN-95 mask, and isolated in a separate room if they show two or more signs of possible infection. Lakeside will contact the family to pick up their student and, if necessary, arrange for possible COVID testing for that student.


Stay home if exposed.

Anyone in a household who has been notified by the State Health Department that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 must notify Lakeside as soon as possible. Based on the circumstance, the family may be asked to keep their student home from school for 14 days. During this time, the student will be able to attend classes remotely.


Keep medical information up to date.

All medical forms must be updated with family and emergency contacts and current medical forms for a student to attend the first day of school. Log into Magnus Health to see your student’s required forms. 


Participate in health screenings.

In late August, all Lakeside students will complete an exposure-risk survey; once school starts, 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. Every family must submit the screening by 8 a.m. each morning a student is scheduled to be on campus. Students who come to campus without a completed wellness check will be sent to a trained employee who will administer a screening. Find more information in our Aug. 12 reopening update.


Check temperature daily.

Families will take their student’s temperature each morning they are scheduled to be on campus and report the temperature on the Magnus Health app. Students will be checked for a high temperature if they show COVID-19 symptoms or are generally ill while at school.


Wear a face covering.

All members of the community are required to wear a cloth face covering at all times while on campus. Cloth face coverings need to be laundered regularly. If a student forgets their face covering, one will be provided for them for that school day. Updated Oct. 7: Students may not use face shields as an alternative to cloth face coverings except in situations in which wearing a mask will exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency, or introduce significant safety concerns. Students not able to wear a mask for the stated reasons should talk with Bryan Smith.


Practice physical distancing.

All members of the community must adhere to the six-foot physical distance guidelines. These guidelines will be made explicit through written communication, physical symbols (marks on the ground and signs), verbal reinforcement, and behavior modelling. Lakeside will post the maximum capacities of rooms and other spaces and install Plexiglass barriers in high traffic areas such as the main offices on both campuses.


Practice excellent hygiene.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Pre-order lunch.

Families will be able to pre-order boxed lunches for students, which will include an entrée, beverage, fruit and/or dessert; vegan and gluten-free options will be available. Orders should be placed through Veracross and will need to be submitted the Thursday before the week students will need the lunch. Boxed lunches will be delivered to the classrooms where students are prior to their lunch period; Upper School students who have a free period before their lunch period may pick up their lunch in the WCC. More information about ordering was emailed to families from Director of Food Services Ben Resnick.

There will be enhanced hygiene and physical distancing protocols in place when students are purchasing food. 

Students may still bring their own food, but we ask families to not include any nuts in students’ food from home, because students will be eating in classrooms with individuals who may have severe allergies. Microwaves will not be available.


Keep personal items at hand or at home.

Students will not be allowed to store books, backpacks, laptops, or personal items at school. All student possessions must remain with the student while they are on campus during the school day and must return home with them each day. Lockers will not be available.


Limit social interactions outside of school.

Parents and guardians should limit students’ social interaction outside of school and have them refrain from participation in large gatherings where they will be at a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. It is imperative that families partner with the school to ensure that their student limits their exposure both during the school day and while off campus in order to mitigate the spread of the disease. Please review this PDF for more information.


Avoid unnecessary travel.

Families should review the CDC and Washington Department of Health travel health notices before undertaking any travel, particularly to an international destination. Students who traveled out-of-state need to be back in the Seattle area for seven days before returning to campus, and three to five days before being tested for COVID-19. If the results are negative, they may return to campus.


Lakeside students will also need to follow the procedures listed below. Faculty and staff will be working with students in developmentally appropriate ways to help them understand the importance of the protocols and make sure they feel comfortable and confident in what they need to do.


Learning in community: Academics and co-curricular programs

Excellence in academics

Lakeside’s educational programs are intentionally designed to engage students in deep learning and reflection, whether students are on campus or learning remotely. Strong and personal student-teacher relationships are central to a Lakeside School education, and we believe that when students are engaged in meaningful dialogue with their teachers and classmates — exchanging ideas and growing as learners — they are in an ideal learning environment.

In the 2020-2021 school year, we will offer all parts of our curricular program, including arts and PE. In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, some aspects of our programs will look different from past years, but students will continue to receive the hallmarks of a Lakeside education: rigorous academics; teaching by excellent, dedicated faculty and staff; and strong and responsive student support. 

To ensure the highest standard of teaching and learning, our faculty continue to model growth and learning in their fields. Faculty members and administrators — including new teachers to the school — are spending the summer deepening their expertise in new modes of instruction and refining their courses to best meet the needs of blended and remote environments. Our aim is to provide one of the most dynamic, effective, and inspiring blended and remote learning programs in the country.

Academic expectations for Lakeside students

All Lakeside students are expected to abide by Lakeside’s Statement of Community Expectations and policies laid out in the family handbook. In a year that will include blended and remote learning, some expectations and policies may be implemented in new ways. But the intentions remain the same: to act in ways that show consideration and respect for others and that enhance an open atmosphere of trust.

When students are attending school in a remote setting, they are expected to:


Be on time and prepared.

Attend all scheduled classes, advisories, meetings, and appointments.


Stay connected.

Check email and PowerSchool daily. If students have questions, difficulty completing assignments, or something is not working, they should talk to their teacher and/or advisor.  


Be seen and heard.

Establish a physical presence in class. Students should use their full name, keep video on, do their best to be near strong Wi-Fi, and in a front-lit space. Students with an extenuating circumstance should talk with their teacher ahead of time.


Be focused.

While it may not always be possible to find a completely quiet place to be online, try to minimize distractions. Turn phones off and put them away, close applications not needed for the current class, and communicate with others online only as pertains to what students are doing at that moment.


Be considerate.

Use words, facial expressions, and body language appropriate for school. Wear clothing appropriate to the classroom. Try to find a neutral background (or non-distracting virtual background) and mute audio unless otherwise directed.


Respect boundaries.

Students and teachers/advisors should only use video to communicate during school hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Even if teachers appear active on Teams, they may not be available to respond to emails or chats.


Record only when required for assignments.

Keep all content appropriate and respectful. All one-on-one meetings of students and adults, except for meetings with mental health counselors, will take place on Microsoft Teams and will be recorded by the adult; recordings will be stored by Microsoft Teams in the cloud and no one will look at them unless necessary.

For more on student videoconferencing guidelines, see pages 76 and 77 of the 2020-2021 family handbook.


Blended learning model

Our goal is to create opportunities for in-person learning whenever possible. A blended model of learning, in which students are on campus some of the time and learning remotely at other times, will help students at all grade levels — particularly our youngest students and those new to Lakeside — build connections and community with their classmates and teachers.

When it is safe, our plan is to group students in rotating cohorts, with half of the students on campus each week and working remotely in the following week. This rotating schedule, with half the students on campus at a time, will meet physical distancing requirements and will limit exposure of students and employees. We are taking all necessary steps to safely open campus with half of our students at a time, while also preparing for other options, including smaller cohorts of students or other ways of grouping if it becomes necessary for public health reasons. We will continue to email families with any major updates or changes.

Learning remotely as a choice

We recognize that some students and their families may not wish to return to campus for various reasons. Students can attend classes remotely full time with the support of our faculty and staff. We have installed technology that will allow students working remotely to have high-quality instruction. 

Remote learning model

When in-person schooling is not possible, Lakeside will be in a remote teaching and learning model for all students. See the "Resources and Metrics" section above.

Daily schedule

Students will follow the same daily schedule, whether they are on campus or learning remotely. We designed the schedule in each division to support students’ engagement in our rigorous academic program, to balance structure and flexibility, and to offer students and families predictability within the context of this unpredictable pandemic. 

In both divisions, the schedules provide dedicated times for all aspects of our educational program: classes, advisory, community meeting, assembly, and class meetings; affinity groups; teachers’ office hours; movement, including athletics and PE; clubs and activities, etc. The schedules also include time for lunch. 

Given the pandemic’s continually shifting conditions, we will regularly review the daily schedules and reserve the right to make changes as necessary to offer the program that is best for most students.

Safe learning spaces 

In order to meet guidelines regarding distance, health, and safety protocols that help keep students and employees safe and healthy, Lakeside has made significant changes and financial investments to our classrooms and physical environment.

  • Classrooms on both campuses have been reconfigured to allow for maximum physical distancing, including single-use desks when possible.
  • Updated technology – including enhanced cameras and microphones – has been installed to capture in-person class instruction.
  • Where applicable and realistic, outdoor learning spaces will be used instead of indoor ones.
  • Strategies for maximizing physical distancing include single-direction hallways and staggered dismissals by floors or buildings.
  • All areas of campus, especially high-contact surfaces, will be deep cleaned on a regular basis during the day and at the end of each day. Cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom.
  • All bathrooms have been converted for single use and feature signs about personal health and safety. Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed in high-traffic areas such as the main offices on both campuses.
  • Signage about personal hygiene, wearing masks, physical distancing, maximum room capacity, and cleaning procedures are posted throughout campus.
  • The heating, ventilation, and cooling systems are checked regularly, and filters are replaced at twice the rate recommended by national standards.
  • Lakeside’s maintenance team will optimize air circulation by opening windows and keeping doors open when possible. 

Cleaning protocol

Lakeside’s facilities team has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols for cleaning and disinfecting campus buildings that meet guidelines from the CDC and Public Health – Seattle & King County. This includes regular cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces in common areas within the buildings, as well as classrooms, desks, chairs, doors and doorknobs, railings, elevators, restrooms, and stairwells. High-traffic areas will be cleaned every few hours. In addition to routine cleaning during the day, there will be deep cleaning and sanitizing during evening hours.

The facilities team will provide cleaning and sanitizing supplies to faculty and staff to help them keep their areas safe, including hand sanitizer, soap, disinfecting wipes, additional hand washing stations, and gloves. Faculty and staff will disinfect surfaces in classrooms after each class or during designated times, depending on the division and the frequency of use of the room. Instructions will be posted on signs inside the rooms. 

If there is an identified illness or symptoms in a space, facilities staff will secure and deep clean potentially affected areas and increase the frequency of cleaning in the weeks following.

Lakeside Athletics - updated March 15

Upper School Athletics:

On Jan. 27, Lakeside announced that Lakeside Athletics teams would be allowed to practice with all student-athletes (grades 9-12) each day and to compete against other school teams. This assumes that state, region, and Metro League metrics allow for these activities.

Practices and competitions are now underway. As athletics continue, please carefully read all communications and respond quickly when information is requested.

Lakeside Athletics follows guidelines from the CDC regarding potential exposures, close contacts, and the need to quarantine. In the event of a potential exposure in the athletics program, affected students and families will be contacted and the COVID-19 monitoring and community dashboard will be updated. Upper School students and faculty and staff will also be informed.

Important information about practice and competition eligibility, as well as protocols around health and safety during competition can be found in the full Jan. 27 message from Head of School Bernie Noe and Director of Athletics Chris Hartley.

Middle School Athletics:

Because the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) has canceled volleyball and is only offering a virtual track season, there will not be official spring practices for sports organized by the CYO at the Middle School. We will not be able to offer crew to our 8th graders this spring because the boathouse will be used by our Upper School athletes. Lakeside will not offer Middle School lacrosse this spring because our participation numbers are too low when adjusting for grade-specific cohorts. We are working with local youth lacrosse club programs so that interested athletes can register with them. We encourage all students who want to participate in lacrosse to register for a club program. Lakeside will offer financial assistance and equipment for families if needed. More information about this process will be communicated within the next two weeks.

Middle School students will be able to participate in outdoor athletic activities after spring break. We are working on offerings and will announce them before break so that families can plan for sign-ups. These activities will be intermural and run by Lakeside coaches.

Specific questions about Lakeside Athletics and individual sports can be emailed to Chris Hartley at and to sport program heads.

Experiential Education

Due to the global nature of this pandemic, we have suspended all Global Service Learning trips for the time being. We plan to maintain the program in other formats as we learn more from the CDC and other guiding agencies. Limited Outdoor Program trips will run with health and safety measures, including social distancing. 

Lakeside’s Service Learning program will adapt to meet state guidelines. Please note that the Upper School service learning graduation requirement will still be in effect, and there is a great need for service and outreach in our community. To support students in performing service safely, Lakeside has listed many remote service opportunities for students. Visit Lakeside’s experiential education webpage for more information.

Student and family support

Supporting students’ social-emotional development and health is a priority at Lakeside. During this time of uncertainty and constant change, both students and their parents and guardians need extra support. Lakeside’s student and family support program is equipped and prepared to respond to the needs of our students and families.

All of our faculty and staff are committed to tracking student progress and wellbeing to ensure that, whether we are in-person or remote, all students receive the attention, support, and care they need.

If you have any questions about student or family support, please reach out to Director of Student and Family Support/Director of Equity and Inclusion Jamie Asaka, Head of Upper School Student Support Tasha Campbell Chang, or Head of Middle School Student Support Meg Wolfe through


Updated Jan. 6: Parents and guardians of students registered for bus transportation have received details about bus routes and schedules for the week their student will be on campus. 

For assistance with transportation for COVID-testing days, please reach out to Nadia Selim at


Tuesday, April 20 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, April 7 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, Mar. 24 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, Mar. 10 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Monday, Feb. 22 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Thursday, Feb. 11 — Middle and Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Thursday, Jan. 14 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Friday, Jan. 8 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, Dec. 16 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Monday, Dec. 7 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Friday, Nov. 6 — Middle School parents and guardians Q&A with administrators.  (AUDIO ONLY)

Thursday, Nov. 5 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Monday, Oct. 19 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Wednesday, Oct. 7 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Thursday, Sept. 24 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators

Tuesday, Sept. 22 New Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Upper School parents and guardians webinar with administrators.

Tuesday, Aug. 11 — Middle School parents and guardians webinar with administrators