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

On Friday, Sept. 18, Lakeside School announced that Lakeside plans to begin blended learning on Monday, Oct. 26. We will continue to monitor conditions in King County as we prepare to reopen campus for blended learning.

Please review the updated family reopening checklist and complete all items on the list. 

  • Small student groups on campus for advisory and community-building activities.



Decisions about Lakeside’s reopening are made by the school’s risk management task force, a group of administrators and staff led by Head of School Bernie Noe. The group is working closely with faculty and staff from across the institution to ensure high standards of health, safety, and academic excellence. 

The task force draws from research, guidelines, and advice from Public Health - Seattle & King County; the Washington State Department of Health; the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); and Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).

Reopening goals

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. 

Partnering with parents and guardians

Throughout this year, we will work with parents and guardians to ensure that students are healthy and safe —  whether on campus or at home. Please review the health and safety expectations for students and families, provided below, and make time to read updates from the school as they are released. Please also complete the items on the family checklist on this page, which will be updated regularly. 

Family reopening checklist

  • Talk as a family about what the information on this page means for your family.
  • Read Head of School Bernie Noe's reopening update regarding blended learning, emailed to students and families on Friday, Sept. 18. 
  • Complete the reopening survey emailed to parents and guardians on Friday, Sept. 18.
  • Review testing plans for on-campus advisory, emailed by COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer Bryan Smith on Sept. 18. Find the schedule for on-campus advisory on the calendar. Updates on testing for blended learning will be emailed in October. 
  • Review contact tracing information and download the Trace Innovations app on your student's device. Detailed instructions will be sent to families the week of Sept. 21.
  • Lakeside’s family support program can help families who need assistance with PPE supplies or a device for contact tracing. See Director of Student and Family Support Jamie Asaka's Sept. 15 email for more information. 
  • Download the Magnus Health app and participate in health screenings by recording your student's temperature daily.
  • Make sure your student and family information is up to date on Magnus Health and Veracross

Reopening updates


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. Testing dates and details for on-campus advisory in September and October were emailed on Friday, Sept. 18.


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 will be emailed to families the week of Sept. 21. Find more information in our Aug. 12 reopening update.


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. Students may choose to provide their own face shields and use those as an alternative to cloth face coverings.


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 hot or cold 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 a designated area. More information about ordering will be emailed to families before the start of school.

Snacks will be available for sale, as will grab-and-go cold breakfast items. There will be enhanced hygiene and physical distancing protocols in place when students are purchasing food. The Middle School dining room will be open from 7-7:50 a.m., after which the dining room will be repurposed for teaching; Upper School grab-and-go hours will begin at 7 a.m. and end at the close of the school day.

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.

Families will receive an email from Ben Resnick, director of food services, the week prior to blended learning with information on pre-ordering food. 


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.


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 have travelled outside the country, or nationally where a COVID-19 spike is underway, will be asked to self-isolate and attend school remotely for 14 days, as currently directed by federal and state governments. Students may return to campus after 14 days if no COVID-19 symptoms emerge. If a student is traveling between Aug. 1 and the start of school, please contact Bryan Smith in order to discuss best practices for health and safety after the student returns.

For more about how Lakeside is organizing classrooms and schedules for safe learning, see “Learning in Community” below.

COVID-19 monitoring and community health status

To assess the Lakeside community’s daily health status, a group of Lakeside employees will convene each day to monitor health indicators reported by the State of Washington and King County health agencies as well as our community. The task force will track the number of COVID-19 cases in King County; the number of students and employees on campus who report illnesses; the report of overall school health drawn from daily wellness checks administered by Magnus Health; attendance; and other data points. They will monitor and analyze these indicators for predictive trends and anomalies, making recommendations for any changes to Lakeside’s daily health status to the head of school and other senior administrators. Changes will then be shared with the community on this webpage, and, if necessary, through our emergency alert system.

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.   

Daily health status and communication

Lakeside’s goal is to adjust school operations and instruction to align with current public health conditions. Based on recommendations from the process described above, Lakeside will update the school’s daily health status using a four-tier color-coded system.

Level of Alert General Conditions Learning Environment
  • Infections remain low in King County. 
  • No known cases of COVID-19 in our community. 
  • Families, faculty, and staff closely adhering to safety protocols. 
  • Confidence in local and state government epidemic control.
  • Campus is open. 
  • Blended learning model: Some students on campus while others learn remotely. (More details below.)
  • Infections low but starting to increase in King County. 
  • Possible cases of and exposure to COVID-19 in our community. 
  • Families, faculty, and staff not adhering as closely to safety protocols. 
  • Uncertainty in government epidemic control.
  • Campus is open. 
  • Blended learning model: Some students on campus while others learn remotely. (More details below.)
  • New infections increasing in King County. 
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. 
  • Families, faculty, and staff struggling to adhere to safety protocols. 
  • Waning epidemic control.
  • Blended learning model altered: Fewer students may be on campus while others learn remotely.
  • Small student groups on campus for advisory and community-building activities.
  • Poorly controlled community transmission in King County. 
  • Multiple new cases of COVID-19 in our community. 
  • State Health Department, mayor, or governor has issued stay-at-home orders or otherwise closed all schools.
  • Campus closed for extensive cleaning and disinfection of buildings. 
  • Remote learning for all students.



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.

Remote learning model

When in-person schooling is not possible based on guidance from Public Health — Seattle & King County or the governor’s office, Lakeside will be in a remote teaching and learning model for all students. See the “COVID-19 monitoring and community health status” section above.

Blended learning and schedule

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 to bring people on campus, 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. Please see Head of School Bernie Noe's Sept. 18 update on our current plans for blended learning. We will 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 are currently installing technology that will allow students working remotely to have high-quality instruction. 

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

On July 21, the WIAA announced a restructure of the sports season for 2020-2021. The traditional three-season year will shift to a four-season year. The Metro League will move all fall sports seasons to the spring, according to options proposed in the adjusted the 2020-2021 WIAA athletics calendar. Find current updates on the WIAA website

As of July 14, Lakeside Upper School plans to use guidance for high school sports released by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and approved by the Washington State Department of Health. Their plan serves as a guide for creating the safest environment for our athletes to participate in sports during the coming academic year. If thorough cleaning and participation protocols are in place, the guidelines allow practices, with appropriate social distancing, to take place once King County enters Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan. More information about the structure of practices will be shared soon. The WIAA has stated that these are only guidelines and that each school’s risk management team is responsible for creating a plan that meets the needs and priorities of its community. As more details become clear, we will share updates with families.

On July 6, all Upper School athletes who registered to play a sport in the 2020-2021 school year should have received a summer workout plan from Rick Huegli, Lakeside’s head strength and conditioning coach. Athletes should also have received emails from their coaches or Coach Huegli preparing them for their workout process.

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the Middle School’s league, continues to update guidelines and start dates as the situation evolves.

We will share more information about Lakeside Athletics as it becomes available.

Experiential Education

Due to the global nature of this pandemic, we have suspended all outdoor and Global Service Learning trips for the time being. We plan to maintain the programs in other formats as we learn more from the CDC and other guiding agencies.

Lakeside’s Service Learning program, which will continue to work with students in the coming school year, 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.

  • Lakeside has hired Julie Lutton to serve in the new role of personal wellness and development department head for grades 5-12. She will oversee the curriculum for Middle and Upper school classes in personal development and wellness and serve as a member of student support teams in both divisions.
  • The creation of the personal wellness and development department head adds another team member to our robust student and family support program. Find contact information for members of the student and family support team on our website.  
  • The student and family support webpage has resources to support social and emotional well-being, maximize online learning, and ideas to stay connected during remote learning. 
  • Recordings of Lakeside’s spring webinar series, “Parenting in the age of COVID-19: Navigating challenges with hope and resilience,” can be found here.

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


Information about transportation will be updated on Monday, Sept. 21. 


Thursday, Sept. 24 — Middle 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