An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Health and safety expectations for Summer at 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 summer program, students and families must commit, in collaboration with the school, to the following health and safety procedures.

Please note that health and safety guidelines are subject to change. 


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 vaccinated and boosted.

All students participating in in-person Lakeside Summer Programs must be fully vaccinated, including a third dose of the COVID vaccine (or booster shot), by the beginning of their summer program, unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination will be required as part of the registration process. Lakeside Summer Programs follows CDC booster eligibility recommendations. Eligible students (ages 5 and up) will be asked to provide proof of their booster shot or medical/religious exemption before their summer program begins. Families requesting medical or religious exemptions should contact the director of their summer program. All unvaccinated students will be required to submit weekly negative COVID test results (either antigen or PCR tests) to their Summer Director.


Contact Summer Program director 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 Latasia Lanier (LEEP director), Kat Yorks (director of Summer School Programs), or Greta Block (outdoor education coordinator) 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 campus. Parents/guardians must keep them at home and away from others and report the illness to the school. When possible, 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, be 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 student tests positive.

Students who test positive must stay home for 5 days from the date of the test or the date of the onset of symptoms. If after five days of isolation, the student’s symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, and they are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication, they may return to campus on the sixth day after their original positive test. Upper School Summer School students may learn remotely during this isolation period.


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 a summer program. 


Mask optional.

Lakeside is mask-optional. The exception to this will be on First Student (LEEP) bus routes, which still require masking. Additionally, there may be times when a teacher asks students to mask up during class, and we ask students to comply with these requests. We will have surgical masks available for students on these occasions, but we also suggest that all students bring a mask to school.


Practice physical distancing.

All members of the community must adhere to three-foot physical distance guidelines, as recommended by the CDC. 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.


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.