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School Delays and Closures Due to WeatherWe take your child's safety very seriously. If ever you disagree with our decision regarding school delays or closures, please know that it is considered an excused absence if you decide to keep your child home from school. Please inform and provide your child's school with a signed note. The final decision on whether or not to send your child to school is yours.
With more than 16,000 students and 1,800 staff, making changes to the school day is very difficult, particularly at the last minute. Even with all of the messages we send out to the media and post on our website, we still have students being dropped off at school when we have announced a delay or closure. Further, closure after school is in session would be extremely difficult. Once students have been dropped off at school or daycare, there is no way to contact every parent or caregiver to inform them of a change to bus schedules or the school day. Many of those parents have gone to work and contacting them is very difficult. It is important that we do not cause a situation where students are home or elsewhere without adult supervision.
Get Closure and Delay Messages Sent to your E-mail and/or Mobile PhoneParents and students wishing to receive Kennewick School District weather closure/delay announcements via text message or email can sign up by going to: http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=2176. When you get to that page, start the process by entering your email address and setting a password. Once the account is established, you may add one or two additional email or cell text addresses. Each new entry will require you to launch a test message to that address which will contain a three-letter code which must be entered back onto your account page to ensure that the address(es) are valid. If you signed up last year and already have an active account, you do not need to sign up again.
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Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy ActThe Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 permits the Kennewick School District to release certain information known as “directory information,” to certain people or institutions, unless parents request, in writing, that such information not be released. In many cases, requests for this type of information come from news media or the armed forces for recruiting purposes. Directory information may include: 1) student name, address, and telephone number, 2) date and place of birth; 3) participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 4) weight and height of athletic team members; 5) dates of attendance; 6) photographs or other similar information. Photographs may occasionally be taken of students for use in the news media or school district publications.
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