Good afternoon Tesla STEM Community. Per the Lake Washington School District, snow make-up days are now scheduled. You should have received a district communication outlining the calendar changes. Second Semester Finals scheduling has been updated as well. Our finals will start on June 14th and conclude on June 19th with June 20th now being the official last day of school.
Please remember that we do not give early finals, so plan accordingly.
Tesla STEM Staff and Administration
Dear Tesla STEM High School Community,
The safety and security of students is a top priority of our school and district. Over the past several months, the Lake Washington School District has communicated our ongoing efforts to ensure Lake Washington schools are safe and positive places for students to learn. To review information about the district’s ongoing safety efforts please visit the district’s safety webpage.
One of the new safety enhancements is the implementation of Entry Control Systems at all schools in the district. These controls will allow schools to keep all exterior doors locked and will require all visitors to use a video call system to request access. These types of systems are similar to how visitors gain access at many apartments or condominiums that keep all entry doors locked. The district now has Entry Control System hardware installed in all schools. The goal of the system is to:
1. Maintain control of access to the building interior, and
2. Maintain knowledge of persons entering the building interior.
Last Spring, the district completed a successful pilot of the Entry Control System at two schools in the district. This year the district is implementing the system at all of our school campuses.
Starting today, all exterior doors on site will be locked, and visitors will be required to use the Entry Control System video unit to request permission to enter.
The buzz in system is set to begin at 7:30 AM and stop at 2:20 PM daily.
All visitors will be asked their name and purpose for the visit. All visitors will then proceed to the office to show picture identification and sign in.
This will be a change for everyone in our community, yet we believe this is crucial step towards enhancing the safety and security of our school campus. All families and community members should expect that picking up a student or getting to a volunteer location will take a few minutes longer. We understand that this will be a commitment on everyone’s part and appreciate the cooperation of our community in the best interest of our students.
If you have questions, please let us know. Thank you for working in partnership with us to keep our schools safe.
Tesla STEM High School Staff and Administration
Dear Tesla STEM High School Community,
Safety procedures are continuously reviewed and updated by the Lake Washington School District Safety Committee. That includes police and fire representatives from Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish and King County, along with principals, PTSA Emergency Prep representatives, and Evergreen Hospital. Three years ago, schools incorporated the A.L.I.C.E principles (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) into our emergency response trainings and safety plan. At that time, the school district held four community and parent information sessions as well.
As we continue to practice for all emergency situations by using our LWSD safety plans, the faculty and I want to inform you that on Thursday, October 18, 2018, we will have a modified schedule that allows us to practice A.L.I.C.E. procedures for the scenario of an active shooter on campus. The A.L.I.C.E. principles and procedures can be used in emergency situations in any location, not just schools. These techniques empower people to make quick important decisions.
The school start and end times along with all bus shuttle times all remain the same with no change; only the internal schedule will be modified on October 18th, and all 7 classes will meet for instruction as well.
The training materials are linked below for your review. If you need to opt out your son or daughter, please note the following alternatives:
· If you need your student to opt out of the training, please email your decision to Office Manager Danielle O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your student will then be sent to a designated room for a study period.
· If we do not have parent communication regarding opting out, then we will include your student in the actual training.
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The safety and security of our students is priority one. We are training to remain safe at all times.
Tesla STEM High School Administration and Staff