Principal's Letter

March 13, 2019

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. 

 

Thank you!!

 

Tesla STEM Staff and Administration

January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019 

 

As you may be aware, on January 25, Governor Inslee declared a public health state of emergency after reports of 31 confirmed cases of measles were identified in the state. Most of the confirmed cases are in Clark County and there is one confirmed case in King County. We currently do not have any cases of measles in Lake Washington School District. 
 
This unusual occurrence of measles may generate some concern or questions. To help keep you informed, district processes and state law for vaccinations is outlined below:

  • In order to attend school, Washington State Law requires kindergarten students to receive 5 required immunizations:
    • Hepatitis B
    • DTap/Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
    • Polio
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox)
       
  • Lake Washington School District works with the Washington State Department of Health to comply with state laws on required vaccinations. In order for students to attend school, all parents are required to complete and return a certificate of immunization OR a certificate of exemption. This is filed within each student’s school record. If either certificate has not been completed and on file, students may not attend school.
    • Details about Certificates of Immunization:
      This form requires the healthcare provider to verify the completion of the 5 required vaccines. The parent is required to sign this form and return it to school.
    • Details about Certificates of Exemption:
      A parent or guardian may exempt their child from some or all vaccination listed above. Exemption types include “religious,” “personal/philosophical,” and “medical.” Exemption Certificates are required to be signed by the health care provider and the parent and the form must be returned to school. A person who has been exempted from a vaccination is considered at risk for the disease or diseases for which the vaccination offers protection. Exempted children/students may be excluded from school or child care settings and activities during an outbreak of the disease that they have not been fully vaccinated against. Find district information regarding vaccinations here: https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-services/health-services/immunizations
       
  • Following state law and Lake Washington School District processes, vaccination reports are documented weekly by the health room secretary and the school nurse. Students must get vaccination doses at correct timeframes to be in compliance with requirements. Students who do not comply and who do not have required documentation are withheld from school attendance. 

We currently do not have any cases of measles in Lake Washington School District. We are urging families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call their health care provider — do not go in. If you must take your child to the Emergency Room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization. You can also contact your school nurse for more information and resources.

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.

  • Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
  • You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
  • Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
  • Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
  • Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.

The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
 
Measles Symptoms
Measles start with:

  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • red and watery eyes
  • tiredness

After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.
In some people, especially people who are have chronic medical problems, are pregnant, or are malnourished, measles also leads to serious problems such as pneumonia, brain damage, blindness, deafness, and death.
 
Please call your medical provider or building nurse if you have questions regarding measles.

October 23, 2018

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.

Sincerely,

Tesla STEM High School Staff and Administration

October 12, 2018

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 dobrien@lwsd.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.

The Materials:

ALICE Training for Building Administrators

Video -- 5 min and 55 secs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilBDx6pQym0

The safety and security of our students is priority one. We are training to remain safe at all times.

Thank you!!

Tesla STEM High School Administration and Staff