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July 8, 2019

Back-to-School Guide

Here's everything you need to be ready for the first day of school on Aug. 27:

School News & Alerts

News and Alerts

Parents can control how they're notified through PowerSchool about school news and emergencies, such as weather closures and delays.

  • Log into PowerSchool using your child's assigned ID and password, and click the SchoolMessenger link on the left side menu. 
  • Click on the Contacts tab at the top of the page and then click Edit on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Choose if you want to receive alerts by phone, email or text/SMS, and click Save at the bottom.

If you don't know your PowerSchool login or your family is new to the district, contact your school office.

Community eFlyers

Kennewick School District uses an eflyer service called Peachjar eFlyers that sends approved flyers about events and activities from the school and community organizations directly to parent emails. 

To sign up to receive notifications of Peachjar eFlyers, click here.

Athletics Registration & Requirements

Athletics registration for grades 7-12 is done through PowerSchool. New students must register for school first and obtain a PowerSchool login account before signing up. 


  • Log in and click on the Sports Clearance tab on the left side of the screen to access the required forms. You must be logged in with your parent username and password to see the tab.
  • If your child requires an updated physical form, turn it into your school's athletic office. Most schools open Aug. 14. Sports physicals are good for two years.

Registration forms also are availalbe on the district's website and at individual schools. The forms can be dropped off at the schools.

Any additional questions about athletics should be referred to your child's school.


Use our interactive map to find your child's boundary school. If you're unable to determine your boundary school or have questions, call (509) 222-5000. 

Boundary Map

Immunizations & Sports Physicals

Immunization requirements for students must be met and a physical form must be completed for students to play sports. Physicals are good for two years. 

Medication at School

Contact your school's nurse to learn about forms and procedures so your child can be provided medication while at school.

Medication Form

Open Houses

Elementary Schools

Amistad — Aug. 22, 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.
Amon Creek — Sept. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Canyon View — Aug. 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cascade — Aug. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Cottonwood — Sept. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Eastgate — Sept. 4, 8:40 to 9:45 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. (K-2); and Sept. 5, 8:40 to 9:45 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Grades 3-5).
Edison — Sept. 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fuerza — Sept. 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Hawthorne — Aug. 29, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Lincoln — Aug. 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ridge View — Aug. 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sage Crest — Sept. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Southgate — Sept. 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Sunset View — Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Vista — Sept. 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Washington — Aug. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Westgate — Aug. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Mid-Columbia Partnership — Aug. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Middle Schools

Chinook —  Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Desert Hills — Sept. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Highlands — Aug. 22, 5 to 7 p.m.
Horse Heaven Hills — Sept. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Park — Aug. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Sixth Grade) and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Grades 7-8).
Mid-Columbia Partnership — Aug. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

High Schools

Kamiakin — Sept. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kennewick — Aug. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Southridge — Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Legacy High School  — Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Tri-Tech Skills Center — Aug. 22, 3 to 7:15 p.m.
Phoenix High School — Sept. 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mid-Columbia Partnership — Aug. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Free Lunch Program Schools

The federally-funded Community Eligibility Provision allows for students in the following schools to receive free breakfast and lunch in 2019-20 without applying for free or reduced-price meals:

Amistad Elementary
Canyon View Elementary
Eastgate Elementary
Edison Elementary
Fuerza Elementary
Lincoln Elementary School
Hawthorne Elementary
Southgate Elementary
Vista Elementary
Washington Elementary
Westgate Elementary
Highlands Middle School
Park Middle School
Kennewick High School
Legacy High School
Phoenix High School

Applying for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

If your school is not listed above, you may apply to receive free or reduced-price meals for your child.

Free or Reduced-Price Meals Application

Prepaying and Tracking Meals

You may prepay for meals and track meal purchases through PowerSchool.

Lunch & Breakfast Pricing

Student Prices Elementary Secondary Adult
Full Price Lunch $2.85 $3.15 $4
Reduced Price Lunch (K-3) Free* N/A N/A
Reduced Price Lunch (Pre-K, 4-12) .40 .40 N/A
Full Price Breakfast $1.85 $1.95 $2.50
Reduced Price Breakfast Free* Free* N/A
Milk .55 .55 .55
*Students qualifying for reduced price meal benefits in these meal categories are not charged due to a grant through the State Child Nutrition Program.

PowerSchool Accounts

PowerSchool is an online portal where parents can manage their child's meal account, review grades and attendance, set up notifications for school news and emergencies, and more. Parents access their child's account using their assigned ID and password obtained through the school. New students will receive their PowerSchool login information once they register. Forgot your password and login? Please contact your school.

Access PowerSchool

Preschool Options

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

The district's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) has morning and afternoon sessions for children ages 3 to 5. The program primarily serves children from low-income families and with special needs. Register your child in-person at the ECEAP office in the KSD Administration Center, 1000 W. Fourth Ave. Call (509) 222-5027 for more information.

Keewaydin Discovery Center

Keewaydin Discovery Center serves children with special needs and offers free screenings for any child age 3 to 5 who lives in Kennewick. Call (509) 222-5028 for more information.

Register for School

If your child is NEW to Kennewick School District, you may create an account to register online. Returning students who have changed schools should notify the new school's office. Most school offices open Aug. 14.

Step 1: Find Your School 

Determine your child's boundary schools with our interactive map.

Boundary Map

Step 2: Gather Required Documents

NEW STUDENTS ONLY: You will need the following information to register your child for school:
  • Birth certificate: All children must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the current school year.
  • Proof of residence: You may provide a utility bill (water, electrical, garbage), rental/lease statement, income tax return statement, proof of home ownership (including a mortgage statement), or any official document showing both your name and address.
  • Immunization records: Must be current.
Documents may be uploaded as PDF, JPEG, PNG, or other standard file types.
Step 3: NEW STUDENTS: Register Online or In Person
  • Create an account in PowerSchool, provide your child's information and upload required documents.
  • In Person: Visit your child's school's office for help with the registration process. Most school offices re-open by Aug. 14. If you have a question, please contact your child's school directly or call the Administration Center at (509) 222-5000.

School Calendar, Daily & Wednesday Early Release Schedules

The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 27. Preschool and high school return dates may vary, so check your school's website for details and for the 2019-20 school calendar. Each family receives a printed calendar from your child's school at the beginning of the year with important notifications.

Daily school schedules are:
Elementary schools: 8:40 a.m. to 3:17 p.m.
Middle schools: 8 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
High schools: 6:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. 

Wednesday Early Release schedules are:
Elementary schools: 8:40 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Middle schools: 8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
High schools: 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

*Park and Highlands middle schools are on a different schedule. Check with your school for schedule information.

Supply Lists

If your school does not have an updated supply list available, check back after Aug. 14 when most school offices open.


Middle schools


Complete the Transcript Request Form and bring a signed copy to the KSD Administration Center at 1000 W. 4th Ave., or email it to


Transfers from within or outside the Kennewick School District are subject to building and program space availability and a student's academic and disciplinary standing. Transportation is not provided to students who transfer to a school outside their attendance boundary.

Transfer from one KSD school to another

To transfer from one school to another within the Kennewick School District, parents must fill out a Transfer Request Form. Parents will receive a letter of acceptance or denial from the school they are applying to in the mail.

Transfer to a KSD school if you live outside the district

Transfers involving another district are granted if the other district approves the transfer and it does not adversely affect either district or their programs.The first step is to go to your resident boundary school and complete the transfer paperwork. Parents will receive a letter of acceptance or denial from the school they are applying to in the mail.


School Bus Routes 

Call Transportation at (509) 222-5075 with questions.

Public Transportation

Route and schedule information is available for Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) buses. BFT routes do change, so families should double check when and where their child needs to be to board a bus. Youth passes are $14. BFT is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Kennewick School District.

Volunteer at School

Still have questions? Contact your school or the Administration Center at (509) 222-5000.