Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus News Updates

Campus Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year 

The Overlake School is continually monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19, or coronavirus outbreak. Administration officials and members of the risk management committee announced campus will be closed beginning Monday, March 9. All on-campus activities are cancelled, including athletic games and practices.

Check back here often for updates and information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak as it relates to our school operations.

Cancelled & Postponed Events


  • April 18 - Benefit Concert
  • April 21 - Hard Hat Tour
  • April 22 - US Choir Concert
  • April 23 - Spring Orchestra Concert
  • April 24 - ArtsFest
  • April 24 - Concert and Jazz Band Concert           
  • May 15 & 16 - 7th/8th Grade Play
  • VariousAll Community Building Events


  • March 13 - Blood Drive - New date May 11
  • March 13 - US Movie Night - New date TBD
  • March 16 - Snultimate Frisbee trip - New date TBD
  • March 18 - Middle School Spelling Bee - New date TBD

Community Updates


April 7

Dear Overlake Community,

One month ago was our last day on campus - March 6. It is astounding to think that several weeks ago, we were all thinking about how great Seussical was, getting ready for Project Week or Spring Break, looking forward to the start of the spring sports season, and the many special events at the end of the year.

With Governor Inslee’s announcement yesterday, March 6th does mark our last day on campus for this school year. I was hoping to return to campus before the end of the year to allow us to be in this place and space with one another but that will not happen.

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Can you inform parents about the new distance-learning schedule for students so they can support their learning at home?

This video tutorial link was shared with families on March 10 to help clarify the learning day. Please note that the schedule for week 2 will remain the schedule moving forward with slight tweaks or adjustments pending data from the family and faculty survey results. Here are the current schedules: 

How can parents/guardians support their student’s learning at this time?

It is critical that students know their schedule and are online or offline working on assignments provided to them by their teachers. Supporting this at home means checking in to ensure that students are following the schedule and engaged. Distance learning guidelines and best practices for students and parents/guardians are listed here

Outside of a student’s classmates, how can the students stay in touch with the rest of their grade level?

We have created time in the weekly schedule for advisory and are creating a plan with Advisory Team Leaders (ATLs) and our advisories for this to happen virtually.

How do students reach members of Overlake's Student Support team for academic or personal counseling?

All students are now able to Canvas message a learning specialist or personal counselor, even if the student has never contacted them before. Click here for details and contact information.

Are athletic practices and games occurring?

All Middle School and Upper School practices and games are cancelled until further notice. 

What about SAT, ACT, and AP tests?

The College Board released new information March 20 as it relates to AP testing. The ACT has provided the following language. May SAT testing has been cancelled. 

How will service credits work in the Upper School?

At this juncture we imagine being flexible with students, particularly seniors, given this disruption. We are waiving all outstanding service hours for seniors. In our current environment, it would not be possible to complete these hours. 

I am concerned that my child will be in front of a computer all day, what should I do?

We are working with faculty on managing screen time. Not all instruction will require the use of a computer. Students will still need to complete work without the use of a computer – reading a book or textbook, completing math or science problems by hand, playing an instrument, and participating in physical education. Many of these types of learning will not require the use of technology.  

Is construction on the new Math & Sciences Center be hindered with the campus closure?

Even though campus is closed to students, faculty, and staff, construction crews have continued to work on the Math & Sciences Center. In fact, construction crews comment that having a quiet campus without students, employees and visitors around, has freed them up to work in the construction zone in a more focused way.

Is there a way to get our advisories together outside of school? Can advisors meet with them at a coffee shop or a movie or lunch?

We continue to follow public health officials recommendations for social distancing at this time. It is important to limit the exposure of people to large gatherings. Recently the governor enacted stricter measures, closing restaurants, movie theaters, and the like to limit people's interactions. 

Can faculty share best practices with kids on how they can best be successful with online learning?

We have laid out some initial guidelines for students and will continue to offer guidance on how they can stay organized and focused on their learning. Teachers and advisors will continue to help students develop their organizational and executive functioning skills just as they would on campus.


When school is normally in session, the teachers collaborate to be sure workload is balanced. Are the teachers speaking now to be sure huge amounts of homework doesn't get assigned inadvertently?

Yes, we are working together to ensure that teachers and students have shared expectations of workload. This will take some trial and error as we gather data about how long it takes to complete work in the new distance setting.


How are graduation requirements changing?

Service Learning: We will waive all outstanding service hours for seniors. In our current environment, it would not be possible to complete these hours.

Outdoor Education: We will waive all outstanding outdoor education trip requirements for seniors. We are not able to provide you opportunities to complete this requirement given the current situation.

Senior Projects: Dave Parsons, Senior Project Coordinator, will be communicating to seniors about new options (including those that provide for social distancing) shortly. We know that some current senior project plans can remain unchanged. The deadline for new project ideas to Dave is April 24th. We remain hopeful that seniors will be able to pursue an activity where they have a passion and will find joy. We do not intend to have seniors remain in classes beyond May 7th independent of circumstances at that date.

Project Week: This requirement has been waived for all Overlake students for this year.

Is there going to be extra accommodation (in terms of extra time) for students taking their exams online? For some students typing long answers or working problems on a computer might require more time than pen and paper?

Our faculty members are aware of the additional complexities that exist when students are taking assessments online. We are being mindful of these challenges when designing assessments and hope to create experiences that are flexible enough to meet a variety of student needs.


Will classes be pass/fail or grades reported while in a distance learning model?

Teachers have the information they need to calculate quarter 3 grades. As for quarter 4, students in seventh grade through senior year who obtain a 70% or more will receive a credit for the course. Students will not see a percentage grade for their 4th quarter report card, but instead will have a rubric and comments. For more information about the decision to go to credit/no credit, please visit this FAQ.



Virtual Town Hall Meetings

March 23
March 13

Government Resources

Here are resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the King County Department of Health:

CDC Tips for Keeping Healthy During the Outbreak

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often
    • with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
      • going to the bathroom
      • before eating
      • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others
    • The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)