Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What’s the reason behind the lunch time routine with regards to sitting charts, TV, and no outside time?

A. At Timberline, safety is our utmost priority. We have set the highest standards for ourselves so that we can provide a safe environment for students and staff.

The seating charts help us to track students at any given time in case we need to complete contact tracing. If we ever have a Covid case at school, this means we can quickly figure out exactly who was in contact with the person, and only quarantine those within the close proximity. This approach has helped us keep the number of quarantined students extremely small.

We understand the situation is not ideal.  Movies or television shows are provided to students on our large screens to give students some entertainment when chatting with their friends is not an option. This idea came from our student body. Students are welcome to submit feedback on what they’d like to watch each week. During lunchtime, students may also access the library or outdoor seating. In addition, we are working on providing students opportunities to pay foosball, ping pong, and air hockey.

We have a tent set up outside with limited seating for students who prefer to eat outdoor. Please email Garrick Chock ([email protected]).

We are experiencing a teacher and sub shortage at the moment, and we want to keep everyone safe. As the data shows on the LWSD Health Safety Dashboard (, Timberline is one of the few schools that has not had any Covid cases with student or staff this school year.

As always, if you have further questions, please feel free to email me ([email protected]).

Q. I’m seeing lunch charges when I thought lunches are supposed to be free. Can you tell me more about what the lunch charges are?

A. The first serving of lunch is free, and if the student gets second, there is a charge. Please also note that students have to get all items in the meal (e.g. pizza/burger + veggies + juice), otherwise there’s a charge.

Please check for charge details, and contact the Nutrition Services office if you have further questions.

Phone: (425) 936-1393
Fax: (425) 936-1389
[email protected]

Q. We received questions and suggestions about making the drop off and pick up work more smoothly at Timberline.

A. Here’s some options and information addressing the concerns:

     - Students can be picked up from or dropped off at the ball fields north of the Timberline campus or at the park and ride lot
        next to Rosa Parks Elementary.
      - Both locations have crossing guards to assist students with safe crossings onto and off the Timberline campus.
      - When using the loop on campus, have your student ready to get out including mask ready ahead of time.
      - The drop off/pick up zone is located between the flag poles and the lane merge for exiting the loop. Do not drop off
         students at the beginning or middle of the loop. Pull all the way forward, past the flag poles, and up to the merge of the
         two lanes, by the white arrow.
      - Leave only two to five feet between your car and the car in front of you. We need to maximize the number of cars in the
        drop off/pick up zone!
      - Unfortunately, the doors to the school cannot be opened any earlier due to Covid safety protocols and lack of   

Q. If a student misses school for illness that is NOT COVID, what support is available for them?

A. Unfortunately, there are too many competing needs to be able to meet them all. Because teachers have full classrooms, they cannot offer virtual instruction while teaching in-person students. The hybrid option from last year isn’t feasible in an in-person setting. On a case by case basis, teachers can offer students observe virtually or have a “look-in” virtual experience. Teachers will not be able to respond to a virtual student. To request virtual support, please have your student email their counselor.

Q. Is there any possibility of putting together a Washington DC trip for the 8th graders?

A. Yes, for example, Mr. Ryan Beise is offering a trip to Japan between 6/22/2022 and 7/7/2022.

These types of trips require a staff member to lead the trip with a vendor planning out the details. We currently don’t have plans to do Washington DC, but if there’s enough interest, we just might! If you are interested in this, please email [email protected].

Q. Is there a way to access recordings of the teacher presentations from curriculum night instead of emailing each teacher?

A. The system was overwhelmed from the fantastic participation of teachers and families during curriculum night so no recording was possible. Please do reach out to the teachers from whom you would like to view the presentation, or to meet with them regarding your student’s class work and expectations. We’re so excited for everyone’s participation even though it’s brought a few technology challenges.

Here is the Administration presentation from Curriculum Night for those who missed it.

Q. Is it possible for students to stay after school to do homework? For example, could they use the library on Wednesdays?

A. Wednesday afternoons are contractual work times for certificated staff to participate in professional learning, collaboration, and improving practice. This is why there are no school activities on Wednesday afternoons for students. We are not able to provide supervision of students during this time because of contractual agreements. At this time we are wanting to limit the amount of time students are on campus before and after the school day, unless by teacher appointment, club or athletic team participation.          

Q. Can the school provide some sample questions from the Healthy Youth Survey?

A. The survey is run through the state Department of Health with the purpose being to use information to create support and programs to reduce student risk/risky behavior. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. We are unable to share survey questions in a newsletter, per Healthy Youth Survey guidelines.  If a parent would like to view the questions, we have hard copies for them to view in the office.            

The survey was given to students in Grades 6 and 8. The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

You can get more information about the Healthy Youth Survey using any of the following methods of contact: 
[email protected]